Infuse giving into academics

Infuse giving into academics
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During an art unit focused on creating lines and shapes in clay, Mr. Dickey incorporated a service-learning project. His K-5 students made "doodle stones" with words of citizenship and gratitude for the community. The youth took a walking field trip outside of their school and cleaned along the walk, and even planted a tree. Then, they talked about their responsibility as a citizen in their community and put their stones around the new tree.  


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

    This lesson leads the learners to investigate and expand their understanding of caring and to determine those things or people that they care about.

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

    Learners relate enlightened self-interest to caring by discussing a quote from Alexis de Tocqueville about the American tradition of democracy.

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

    Students read about the actions and projects of people their age who stick their necks out for the sake of others.

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

    Learners reflect on their experience with performing an act of kindness from the previous lesson. They compare their experience to the message in a folktale, and write about the impact of a single small act of caring.

  • Unit: 
    I'm in a Tizzy! How Can I Help? (Kindergarten)
    Grades 
    K
    1
    2
    A children's story demonstrates reaching out to someone who is lonely. Students learn that one act of kindness can lead to other acts of kindness. Acts of kindness can make a difference in a community an may be called acts of philanthropy.
  • Unit: 
    Refugees: Real People, Real Stories, Real Life
    Grades 
    6
    7
    8

    Through pictures, provocative questions, group discussion, and video, students explore what a refugee is, what his or her life is like, and how people can help them feel welcome and get the tools they need to survive in a new home.

  • Unit: 
    Refugees and Human Rights
    Grades 
    9
    10
    11
    12

    Students listen to the voices of refugees in the words of a poem by W. H. Auden. They explore the poetic imagery and then write their own poem using voice, imagery, and rhyme.

  • Unit: 
    Let's Make Lemonade
    Grades 
    K
    1
    2

    Students will decide on a service-learning project and create posters to advertise the event.

  • Unit: 
    Food for Thought: Hunger—Around the Block, Around the World
    Grades 
    9
    10
    11
    12

    Depictions of hunger in excerpts from Jane Eyre and Oliver Twist provide concrete images of hunger as learners determine its causes and decide whether to support a change in U.S. public policy related to the issue.

  • Unit: 
    Landscape Legacies
    Grades 
    9
    10
    11
    12

    The purpose of this lesson is to introduce students to The Group of Seven, a group of artists whose intent was to establish a national identity, a sense of pride and original style for Canada, inspired by the environment. This was a philanthropic endeavor for the common good of all.

  • Unit: 
    TeachOne for Earth Day
    Grades 
    6
    7
    8

    Students get outside and play in nature and recognize the beauty of diverse living things in their environment. Their service project is to take action to protect nature and share nature with someone else.

  • Unit: 
    TeachOne for Earth Day
    Grades 
    9
    10
    11
    12

    What are the forces in our lives that separate us from the outdoors today, and what can we do to fuel up on the power of nature?

  • Unit: 
    TeachOne for Earth Day
    Grades 
    K
    1
    2
    3
    4
    5

    Students get outside and play in nature and recognize the beauty of diverse living things in their environment. Their service project is to share nature with someone else in a creative interaction.  

  • 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.

10 Ways to Get Started

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10 Ways to Get Started

Teaching a Learning to Give lesson isn’t an "add on." A variety of lessons connect language arts, social studies, and science to a purpose that resonates with students. Simply try one lesson or activity and empower your kids to think and act beyond themselves. 
 
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