Students are introduced to philanthropy and service-learning. They learn about different needs in the community and community organizations that address these needs. Students are introduced to the full scope of the Project Based Learning (PBL) project. This unit follows the...
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Unit: The Power of Children
Unit: Character Education: Honesty (Grade 6)
This lesson provides an example of a politician known for his honesty. The learners identify why they depend on politicians to be honest, and discuss why it is difficult for politicians to be honest.
Unit: George H.W. Bush and Points of Light
Students explore the legacy of George H. W. Bush and how he has contributed to the common good as part of his lifelong commitment to service and through his Points of Light initiative. The students work in small groups to answer questions and present to the class for discussion. Each student...
Unit: Environment: Sustaining Our World
The learners review the water cycle and come to an understanding about the need to sustain the quality of the world's water for the common good.
Unit: Animals in Sports and Entertainment
Learners identify ways to use advocacy to promote change.
Unit: Words Can Hurt
In this lesson, we define stereotype as a mistaken generalization about a group of people and raise awareness of ways to advocate for inclusion and kindness.
Unit: Lights! Camera! Take Action!
In this session, we learn about the sectors of civil society sector - business, government, and nonprofit. Youth watch the second half of the documentary The Gift of All and talk about the issues in West Michigan and the motivations of the philanthropists who made a major difference in...
Unit: Character Education: Trustworthiness (Grade 8)
We learn about public trust and identify characteristics of public figures that merit trust. Learners also discuss how they can use their own time, talent, and treasure to support trustworthy politicians, sports figures, corporations, and celebrities.
Unit: Character Education: Integrity (Grade 6)
Learners read a brief description of the tough choice Frederik de Klerk faced as a leader in South Africa. They look at the strength needed to act with integrity when the pressure tells us to conform.
Unit: Take a Stand on Bullying
Learners identify the different roles people take in the cycle of bullying. They share their observations about bullying situations and discuss why taking action to address bullying behavior is good for the community.