Children explore what it means to be responsible in school and in the community as a responsible citizen. They take action as responsible citizens to make the community healthier.
This lesson explores the components of healthy living: eating healthy foods and exercise. Children identify their favorite healthy foods and forms of exercise that help them live a healthy life. Focus question: What foods and activity choices are important for healthy living?
Students define community and recognize that a class or after-school group is a community because the members share interests and goals and work together. Focus Questions: What is a community and what is my role? What is health and why is it important?
The students will distinguish the difference between wants and needs. They distinguish between wants and needs by completing an activity in which they must categorize items into wants or needs. Students learn that many times refugees are without basic needs. They respond to a story about a refugee camp, Four Feet, Two Sandals. They come to consensus on a service project to benefit refugees or others in need and plan and implement a student-driven service project. The students create a "story quilt" about their service project as a reflection.
Students view a video about a girl named Carly who is forced to leave her home. They define the term refugee and discuss the problems Carly faces in her travels to find a safe place to live. The students examine the reasons refugees must leave their homes.
Students sequence the story of Carly. They view the "How Does It Feel?" poster and discuss their interpretation of its message. Students listen and respond to the true story of a reugee girl in the book The Whispering Cloth.
Children define philanthropy and brainstorm different ways people share time, talent, and treasure for the sake of others. They may select a service project that fits their interests and talents and carry out a plan of action.
Children compare wants and needs and create a collage of wants and needs. Students clarify their understanding and interpretation of wants and needs as they compare their wants and needs with others in the room and in the world. They respond to the story Sam and the Lucky Money. Children start to reflect on ways they can empathize with and help people who have different needs than their own.
This lesson introduces children to the understanding that people have different ideas/priorities about how to spend money (or time) as well as the value of money (or time). Students compare ways they would like to spend money (or time), and consider perceptions of money around the world.
Learners define stewardship and exhibit responsibility by helping to care for our “small world.” They will respond to the story The Earth and I by Frank Asch by creating watercolor illustrations of themselves acting as environmental stewards. They will decide on a class service project, plan, take action and reflect on their service experience.