EVERYONE has something to give

EVERYONE has something to give
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Leadership in History

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Leadership in History

Mary McLeod-Bethune was an educator, philanthropist, and persistent civil rights advocate. Born to former slaves a decade after the Civil War, she devoted her life to ensure the right to education and freedom from discrimination for Black Americans. Bethune believed that education would provide the opportunity for all to earn a living in a country that still opposed racial equality. Bethune worked tirelessly until her death for that vision. 


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
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    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: 
    Character Education: Caring (Grade 8)
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    6
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    The purpose of this lesson is for the learners to reflect on how philanthropy, enlightened self-interest, and caring are related and to determine why and how they will "care" in the future. 

  • Unit: 
    You Are Uniquely You
    Grades 
    3
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    In response to a picture book, each participant identifies their own unique qualities and shares them proudly on a star. They demonstrate respect and trust to share their qualities and pay attention to others' traits. 

  • Unit: 
    You Are Uniquely You
    Grades 
    3
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    5

    Through exploration, we see how six simple machines do their jobs together to get work done. Just as each machine is unique and valuable to the whole, so is each person unique and valuable to our group, to nature, and to the world.

  • Unit: 
    Art as Advocacy
    Grades 
    9
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    The learners view works of art that advocate for social change and find that art can influence social change. The learners select an issue of human rights and create a work of art that represents the issue. They write a paragraph of explanation about their work.

  • Unit: 
    TeachOne for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
    Grades 
    6
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    8

    Students use visual literacy skills to analyze the components and message of an image. They listen carefully and seek to understand the different opinions and perspectives of their classmates.

  • Unit: 
    TeachOne for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
    Grades 
    K
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    5

    Students use visual literacy skills to talk about an artistic image. They listen respectfully to the different opinions and perspectives of their classmates.

  • Unit: 
    Powerful Words Unite Us in Service
    Grades 
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    Lead a discussion about the power of words to include, instruct, and inspire action. Participants analyze quotes by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, about being open and inclusive. Design social justice posters to teach others about what they learned. 

  • Unit: 
    Everyday Acts of Citizenship
    Grades 
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    Through this activity participants will become aware of their own feelings about others, and the racial, cultural and socio-economic biases in society today. Participants will analyze their own feelings in light of this awareness.

  • Unit: 
    We ARE the Government
    Grades 
    6
    7
    8

    In this lesson, learners read primary documents that illustrate the motivations of the founding fathers of the United States.

  • Unit: 
    Our Constitutional Connection
    Grades 
    3
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    5

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

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

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Welcome to Learning to Give

 

Everyone has something to give, and every act of generosity and empathy matters to the community we want to live in. 

Learning to Give provides free materials and support for educators, youth leaders, and families to help youth practice generosity and service as part of their ongoing roles in a healthy community.

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