Introduce the philanthropic behavior of Native Americans through the speech attributed to Chief Seattle, using the book Brother Eagle, Sister Sky: The Words of Chief Seattle.
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Unit: Our Land
Introduce the folksinger, Woody Guthrie, and his legendary song This Land Is Your Land. Talk about ways we are generous for the good of others. This can be by lifting someone's spirits or taking care of the land we all share. ...
United States citizens not only have individual rights as citizens but also responsibilities. It is important for children to learn how local governments balance these individual rights with the common good to solve local community problems. With these skills, students will be able to get along...
There are times when a person learns that it is better not to give a generous gift at all if it will be disrespected by the receiver. There are also times a person may realize too late that there is a cost for bad behavior. These occur in an Indian tale, "A Flowering Tree" and an Inuit folktale...
All cultures have rules regarding hospitality. In many folktales travelers and those without shelter and food place demands on others for assistance. They sometimes test the limits of hospitality. Learners will define hospitality and discuss its requirements.
Unit: Helping Refugees
Students share what they have learned about refugees and how to help them in a symposium format. Each small group selects a different subtopic related to refugees. They create and present a paper or speech for an event or website. They invite an audience and raise awareness about refugees and...
The purpose of this lesson is to help learners identify an animal species in danger of becoming extinct and to involve them in a fund-raising project to "adopt" this endangered species.
In this lesson, the students read about some of the religious practices of the Aztec Empire and discuss the practice of human sacrifice to appease the gods. Students discuss the concept of sacrifice for the common good and debate how far we go in sacrificing for the common good.
Learners will identify elements of cultural differences found in picture books about children in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and minority groups in North America. They will also identify one difference they can celebrate in some way, such as the fun or expediency of...
Unit: Philanthropy in Bloom
This lesson centers on the basic needs and purposes of plants, as well as people. The discussion will include the fact that plants have needs and a purpose, and people have needs and responsibilities.