This lesson introduces the students to concepts about homelessness, hunger and philanthropy. A story about a Chinese boy who chooses to give his precious four dollars ("lucky money") to a homeless man sets the tone for initial discussions about selflessness, small ways to help and hunger. Several interdisciplinary centers focus on the concept of home.
The entire family is invited to a family night. The students display their work from the unit as well as perform some songs or dramatizations. The families will prepare jars of dried soup mix according to the recipe provided. The jars will be shared with families who visit a local soup kitchen.
Students will think of ways that they can be (or have been) philanthropists. A puppet or doll tells about going to a soup kitchen and gets the students excited about providing food for a soup kitchen. A variety of multidisciplinary centers focus on soup kitchens. At the end of the lesson, students begin preparing for a family night of assembling dried soup.
In this lesson, a farmer visits the classroom to share information about growing food and talk about the process of producing and selling foods so that families can buy it. Students will learn about farmers' roles in and contributions to society. They will recognize the interdependence of all people in a community. They will learn about preserving food for future use. This lesson will raise their awareness of the importance of sharing resources in the community for the common good.
This lesson is intended for use in the "Community Helpers" unit. For this lesson, the role of a community helper from the governmental sector, the mail carrier, is explored. Students will evaluate the importance of an efficient movement of products and ideas in the community. The special tie between the National Association of Letter Carriers and the United Way is investigated with the annual food drive held on the second Saturday of May each year. Students participate with letters to inform and remind adults of the campaign.
To introduce students to the need all people have for friendship and belonging. They will apply what they learn by working with a partner to create a page for a class "big book". The book will be given to another class to help them learn the importance of friendship and belonging and some methods for filling these needs at school in the form of serial reciprocity.
Students discuss friendship, the different kinds of friends, and generate a list of organizations which might help someone find friends. They use their writing skills to develop individual lists of people who have an unmet need for friendship. Using their individually created lists, they generate a class list of organizations that might help people who have an unmet need for friendship that might appreciate receiving the class Friendship Banner made in Lesson Two: Friendship Begins with a Smile.
This lesson introduces children to the importance of facial expressions and their impact on other people. The feelings behind different facial expressions are discussed and the benefits of smiling at each other are emphasized. Students prepare to fill an unmet need for friendship by creating a banner to be given to a group selected by the class as part of a lesson later in this unit.