ABCs of Giving (The)
  1. Strand PHIL.IV Volunteering and Service
    1. Standard VS 02. Service and Learning
      1. Benchmark E.1 Select a service project based on interests, abilities, and research.

The purpose of this lesson is to practice philanthropic acts at home.

PrintActivities completed at home throughout the year.

The learner will:

  • learn appropriate methods for evaluating their own experiences through a variety of choices.
  • identify philanthropic opportunities that they can carry out independently.
  • identify opportunities for improving their community.
  • Student copies of handouts: Philanthropy Menu and Philanthropy Menu Suggestions 
  • Philanthropic Portfolio Notebook and Folder (handout)
  • Letter to Parents - "Philanthropy…Fun to Say…Cool to Do!" 
  • Various Assessment Tools: pictures, writing samples, photos, etc.

Notes for Instruction: By now, students would have had a basic introduction to how philanthropy will be included in the school year's curriculum. Students will have been exposed to the use of a timeline, vocabulary, and many discussions and activities regarding philanthropy.

  1. Anticipatory Set:

    Display one or two menus for class examples. Ask students why they are used.


  2. Distribute the Philanthropic Menu (Attachments One and Two), the Letter To Parents - "Philanthropy…Fun to Say…Cool to Do!" (Attachment Seven) explaining the purpose of these take-home activities and the Assessment Forms (Attachments Three through Six)

  3. During the course of the year, students will choose various activities they can do at home that involve some type of philanthropic action. Use student participation when classroom activities are selected. Record the activities selected by each student. This record can be used to remind students if they forget their choice.

  4. Have students' record their accomplishments using different methods throughout the year. This record could consist of orally sharing with the class, photographs, written account, or illustrating through pictures. Students should use the same method at the same time when possible. Change the method for each philanthropic activity the students perform.

  5. Students should keep track of their projects by dating them, and storing them in a Philanthropy folder (thus creating a timeline of events). The class should do at least half of the alphabetical list, which would involve 13 different activities throughout the year. They may choose from the provided lists (see Attachments One and Two), or may develop their own ideas with instructional approval.


Students will maintain a "Philanthropic Portfolio Notebook" for assessment as well as timeline information throughout the year. Evaluate the quality of the students' accomplishments based on the entries in their folders. Use the suggested Assessment Forms (see Attachments Three, Four, Five and Six) attached to this lesson.