Inspired by stories of service, young people define philanthropy concepts and actions. They brainstorm acts of kindness and determine how they will contribute to the common good.
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Unit: Call to Action: Intro. to Philanthropy
Unit: Teamwork: Unit One of Establishing a Student-Run Foundation
Students trust another to take them for a blindfolded walk. They discuss what it feels like to be in each role. They discuss the role of trust in communication.
Unit: Nonprofits are Necessary (6-8)
The purpose of this lesson is to have students name and recognize nonprofit organizations within the local community.
Unit: Resolving Conflict with Respect
In civil society, different people come together to form community. While differences may cause conflict, for the sake of the common good, we practice empathy and respect for others. We use literature to talk about how people from different perspectives see the same thing. We discuss how to...
Unit: Gi-VING Treasure through a Video Project
In this two-session lesson plan, students are introduced to the VING video project. They have the opportunity to create a brief video as an application to award someone they admire $1,000 as a needed boost. This lesson guides discussion of why and how to take action for the good of someone in...
Unit: Healthy Youth, Healthy Community (6-8)
Students analyze survey results, choose a community health need, and design a service project to address it.
Unit: Global Education: Equity
Young people learn about global efforts for universal mandatory education and equity for girls in school.
Unit: Cultural Competence
In this lesson, youth become aware and gain empathy for the discrimination people experience because of their race, age, gender, and other reasons. The group discusses ways to be inclusive. A Mix it Up Day changes our familiar boundaries and helps us connect to new people.
We define philanthropy and discuss the joy of giving, as well as various ways to give through nonprofits in the community. We learn how #GivingTuesday, an international initiative, focuses on generosity and the power of social media and combining efforts with others to make a big...
Unit: Lunchroom Recycling Plan
Students learn how and challenge others to reduce waste based on observing habits in the lunchroom or in the classroom trash can.
Adapt this one-period lesson plan for your grade level and follow it with a simple and powerful service project...