Students will demonstrate that a group effort will solve certain problems better than an individual effort.
Students will take turns, show respect for the work of others, and cooperatively build a project.
Students will learn about philanthropic acts and that teacher permission is not always necessary in order to perform the act. The students will learn two songs that focus on philanthropic acts.
Students will pantomime a book; identify the themes of community, caring and sharing; describe the advantages of cooperation for the common good; and describe how the characters experiences are alike and different from their own experiences.
The students develop a list of ABCs related to giving, and work cooperatively to create alphabet letters with their bodies.
The purpose of this lesson is to engage students in a problem-solving task when there is a scarcity of materials. They collaborate kindly and share their message with others through art and a written statement.
The students learn the difference between public and private, and categorize a list of places as public or private. They determine what is their responsibility to care for public (common) areas and share their new understanding by making posters about taking care of "common" or public areas in the school.
As the students learn about communities, their neighborhood becomes a broader picture for them to think about as a place where they are a member and can make a difference. Learning that the community is diverse is important The lesson will introduce some community helpers in whom the learners can put their trust.
This culminating activity gives students an opportunity to share their new knowledge with others. They spread the word that "commons" are needed, and that when people work together nothing is impossible.
The purpose of this lesson is to introduce the folksinger, Woody Guthrie, and his legendary song This Land Is Your Land.