Motivated by the song "This Land is Your Land," learners locate areas on a U.S. map and discuss the definitions of community, philanthropy, and volunteer. They picture themselves as volunteers, helping others.
This lesson will allow students to explore the family or household unit, of which they are an essential member, as a community. As a class, they will create a Family Album using all of the family pictures brought in by the students. This will allow them to see the number of people the class represents in the community.
This lesson will help students recognize heroes within their community. Children quite often revere sports stars and celebrities. But most real heroes are not people of great renown. They live near us. By performing small acts, they win our admiration. Since children imitate what they see and hear, it is important to point out to them what actions merit honor and which individuals deserve admiration.
To show students that responsible citizens can resolve social problems by constructively participating in their community.
To encourage children to consider the effects of their actions on others and realize that even very young people are capable of the kind of selfless actions that create positive change.