Friendly Neighbors
  1. Strand PHIL.I Definitions of Philanthropy
    1. Standard DP 01. Define Philanthropy
      1. Benchmark E.1 Define philanthropy as the giving and sharing of time, talent, or treasure intended for the common good.

To expose students to literature that reinforces the concept of unconditional kindness and demonstrates the idea that a good deed done for others will come back to you. The story also reinforces the days of the week.

Duration: 
PrintOne Thirty-Minute Class Period (more for philanthropy act)
Objectives: 

The learner will:

  • name the days of the week.
  • sequence events in the story.
  • hypothesize why certain events take place.
Materials: 
  • Miss Tizzy by Libba Moore Gray
  • Calendar for the weekdays
  • (Optional) Socks, wiggly eyes, felt and glue
Home Connection: 

For a home response to the story, it is natural that students--along with family members--find some way to give a little attention to a neighbor. Send home Attachment One: Being a Good Neighbor. Challenge your students to try one small act of kindness for someone in the neighborhood. The act may be anonymous or not.

Bibliography: 

Gray, Libba Moore. Miss Tizzy. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1993. ISBN: 0689818971.

Instructions: 
Print
  1. Anticipatory Set: Ask the students to think to themselves about who their neighbors are. Do they know their neighbors? Do they like to do things with any of their neighbors? Ask students to tell the class what they do with the people in their neighborhood. Can they think of something kind that they or their family has done for a neighbor? Or, can they think of something kind that a neighbor has done for them? Ask students to share any experience and talk about how it made them feel.

  2. Hold up a copy of the book Miss Tizzy. Activate prior knowledge by asking children what they see.

  3. Read the book to the class, having the children interact with the pages and what the characters in the story are doing.

  4. Discuss the days of the week. Use a calendar and display a schedule of class events for each day of the week. Have students sequence the events of the story and match the events to the days of the week.

  5. Ask students what it means when we say "a good deed done for others will come back to you." Have them give examples from Miss Tizzy. Ask students to decide how hard it is to be nice to someone. Does it take a little extra effort or time? Would the results of friendship be worth the extra time or effort? Remind students that philanthropy is "giving of your time, talent or treasure for others." Discuss why philanthropy is a desirable thing, using examples from the story and real life.

  6. Ask students to reflect on whether there is someone in their lives who deserves a little extra attention. Ask each student to make a plan for something they are going to do for that someone else. They should write or draw their plan, carry it out, and evaluate how the plan worked and felt. (It may be as simple as a phone call to a lonely relative or bringing a treat to an elderly neighbor.)

Assessment: 

Assess whether students can name the days of the week. Evaluate student understanding of the benefits of philanthropy through their participation in the discussion and the results of their plan.