Infuse giving into academics

Infuse giving into academics
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Current Event: Election

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Current Event: Election

By election time, even if your students are not of voting age, they still have the power to learn about reliable facts, influence without anger, and share their valued voice! The resources below give you the support you need to lead conversations, activities, and lessons about voting, civic participation, and the power of voice and choice.

  • What can we learn from past elections about process and content? Looking at history can remove some of the emotion and bias from the learning. 
  • What is the role of youth in leading change?

Connect what you're already teaching to issues kids care about

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This is Philanthropy and Service

Connect what you're already teaching to issues kids care about

You don’t have to adopt a new curriculum. Learning to Give's standards-aligned lessons inspire students to use their hearts and minds to impact their community and themselves.

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  • Unit: 
    Stand and Deliver for Justice and Diversity
    Grades 
    9
    10
    11
    12
    Learners explore and share their attitudes about diversity and issues of justice and kindness. The learners brainstorm ways that they can promote the common good by working to eliminate stereotyping, intolerance, discrimination, and prejudice.
  • Unit: 
    Voting and the Common Good (10th Grade)
    Grades 
    9
    10
    11
    12

    Learners examine the statistics of voter turnout in the Federal Elections and from these statistics the learners draw some comparative conclusions.

  • Unit: 
    Making our Voices Heard for the Community (9th Grade)
    Grades 
    6
    7
    8

    Raise awareness of the importance of freedom of speech and the opportunity to voice one's opinion without fear of reprisal, as principles basic to a democracy.

  • Unit: 
    Our Constitutional Connection
    Grades 
    3
    4
    5

    Literature and primary documents help youth understand the role of the Constitution for the United States.

  • Unit: 
    From Struggle to Success
    Grades 
    6
    7
    8

    Students learn from examples of people who have experienced a struggle and used surrounding resources to make something better for themselves and the people around them.

  • Unit: 
    Taking a Stand for the Good of Others
    Grades 
    9
    10
    11
    12

     Students read about Rosa Parks and evaluate how her protest of an unjust and unfair situation was philanthropic in nature.

  • Unit: 
    Attributes of a Civil Society
    Grades 
    9
    10
    11
    12

    Learners define justice, kindness, peace, and tolerance and describe the importance of these attributes of a civil society. They look for examples in the media and brainstorm how they can promote these attributes in their school, community, and the world. 

  • Unit: 
    Valuing Community
    Grades 
    9
    10
    11
    12

    Learners will define community, analyze it according to the five themes of geography, and share ideas to make an impact on their community.

  • Unit: 
    Best Day Ever!
    Grades 
    6
    7
    8

    Students look at how they typically spend a free day and see what that same free day would look like when it is infused with philanthropy. Students plan a free day, substituting their usual routine with activities that give back.

  • Unit: 
    Kids Can Make a Difference
    Grades 
    3
    4
    5

    The classroom is matched up with another classroom (or any group of people) in the country or the world. The students communicate by letter or e-mail and compare characteristics of place such as methods of transportation, weather, resources, and culture.

  • Unit: 
    Kids Can Make a Difference
    Grades 
    3
    4
    5

    Students write to pen pals in a different community and discuss ideas related to a service project. For example, the pen pals may plan and monitor a canned-good donation project.

  • Unit: 
    Community Table-Community Ties (3rd Grade)
    Grades 
    3
    4
    5

    Students brainstorm community needs and how they may be addressed. They explore why taking action is good for the giver, the person receiving the gift, and the community. They make a plan and take action to address a community need related to hunger or homelessness.

  • Unit: 
    Philanthropy Is Everywhere
    Grades 
    3
    4
    5

    Students discover that corporations often give generously to support community causes, programs, and issues. They look and listen for names of companies that donate or sponsor efforts to make a better world and research the local companies that give back.

  • Grade Levels: 
    K
    1
    2
    3
    4
    5

    In this unit of three lessons, we build a caring classroom culture using literature and movie clips to spark discussions. In lesson one students learn about mindfulness and gratitude to reduce anxiety. In lesson two, they learn how to listen, act, and show empathy in difficult situations.

  • Unit: 
    Art as Advocacy
    Grades 
    9
    10
    11
    12

    The learners will view works of art that advocate for social change. They will recognize that art can influence social change. The learners will select an issue of human rights and create a work of art that represents the issue.

  • Unit: 
    What Goes Around, Comes Around!
    Grades 
    3
    4
    5

    The purpose of this lesson is to explore the contributions artists make for the common good. We learn how their work is supported by philanthropy and nonproft organizations that assure we have access to art.

  • Unit: 
    Powerful Words Can Warm the Heart
    Grades 
    3
    4
    5

    The purpose of this lesson is to show that artists are a valuable part of a community and to explore how they contribute to the public good.

  • Unit: 
    Poetry for the Common Good
    Grades 
    K
    1
    2

    Students will understand that you find poetry everywhere: lyrics to songs, commercials and rap. They will also realize that themes of giving are often found in poetry. Students will write poems with giving themes. Sharing their poems is considered an act of generosity.

  • 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.

Your Voice, Your Vote

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Your Voice, Your Vote

 

Voting and Civic Engagement by Grade

In this country, understanding our civic responsibility and duty to vote is vital to citizenship. Teaching our students at the earliest ages about voting and using their voice prepares them to see each person as a valued member of society with an equal vote and an important voice.

  • Why does voting make a difference in the United States?
  • Why do some people choose not to vote? What might be different if everyone voted?
  • How do you think your words, values, and actions can impact your community?

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