Infuse giving into academics

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At Learning to Give, we want to help students learn and practice taking action for the common good—yes, this too is philanthropy. This page provides tools and tips related to current events. Look here to involve your students' voice and action to make a difference.

Today's Current Event: School Shootings and Gun Regulations


1,700 lessons to inspire and equip K-12 students to use their hearts and minds to impact their world and themselves

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This is Philanthropy and Service

1,700 lessons to inspire and equip K-12 students to use their hearts and minds to impact their world and themselves

You don’t have to adopt a new curriculum. Simply replace one of your current lessons with a standards-aligned lesson infused with philanthropy. Come back again to find lessons about civil society, giving time and talent, issues kids care about, justice, and stewardship.  

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  • Unit: 
    Just-Us and Kindness: On Our Terms (6th Grade)
    Grades 
    6
    7
    8

    Students will develop an understanding of fairness, justice, tolerance, and equality as critical key concepts necessary for a civil society. Students will discuss the importance of acting philanthropically to promote the common good. 

  • Grade Levels: 
    6
    7
    8

    Raise students' awareness of the importance of advocating for justice and kindness. The learners explore ways they can play a role in bringing about a positive change in their school, community, and world.

  • Unit: 
    Friends Helping Friends to Prevent Bullying
    Grades 
    K
    1
    2

    Learners role-play responses to bullying behavior and start to brainstorm ways to promote kind behaviors at school and decrease bullying behaviors.

  • Unit: 
    Character Education: Caring (Grade 6)
    Grades 
    6
    7
    8

    Students brainstorm simple acts of kindness and design a bookmark as a reminder.

  • Unit: 
    Character Education: Responsibility (Grade 8)
    Grades 
    6
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    8

    Students examine the consequences of Abraham Lincoln's responsible decisions. The introduction of the concept of common good adds a dimension to the benefit/consequences of taking responsibility.

  • Unit: 
    Making a Difference in Our Community
    Grades 
    3
    4
    5

    Two picture books -- The Three Questions by John J. Muth and Have you Filled a Bucket Today? by Carol McCloud -- help students reflect on "doing good" for others. Students walk around the school and community to identify some community and school needs. 

  • Unit: 
    Painting Pictures with Poetry: Art from the Heart
    Grades 
    6
    7
    8

    Students will find and discuss examples of philanthropy in poems and quotations. They will define and design statements on the theme of philanthropy using the poetic conventions of metaphor, simile, and personification.

  • Grade Levels: 
    K
    1
    2

     Students learn of the life and actions taken by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to promote civil rights. Students give examples of Dr. King acting as a philanthropist, encouraging the children to think of ways they can impact others.

  • Unit: 
    Rosa Parks (5th Grade)
    Grades 
    3
    4
    5

    This lesson explores the heroic actions of one American woman. Rosa Parks’s acts of philanthropy brought a community of people together for the common good and resulted in major social change in her community and in the nation.

  • Unit: 
    Recognizing Our Similarities and Differences
    Grades 
    K
    1
    2

    Students will listen to a story that illustrates that although we have differences, we are also very similar. They will begin to understand the definitions of diversity and realize that focusing on the differences alone may cause conflict.

  • Grade Levels: 
    8
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    12

    In this two-session lesson, students are introduced to the VING video project. They have the opportunity to create a brief video as an application to award someone they admire $1,000 as a needed boost.

  • Unit: 
    Bullying Prevention Plan
    Grades 
    9
    10
    11
    12

    Students define bullying and observe and describe some of the consequences to victims, bystanders, and the whole community. Students recognize that bullying behavior is a civil rights issue that must be addressed for their community to be fair and safe for all. They create a s

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