Students will be active philanthropists by volunteering their time to clean debris from the beach or at a local park for the common good. (This activity can be adapted to your location, i.e., clean any public park area.) They will estimate and weigh their bags, total their tally sheets and make...
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Unit: Let's Make Lemonade
Students will visit a local food pantry to present money from the lemonade sale and determine when and how food will be purchased for the community. (If a trip is not possible, a representative from the food pantry may be asked to come to the classroom to receive the donation.)
Music may bring joy or it may help people reflect on their feelings. The "freedom songs" may have motivated the Civil Rights activists as they sought to aid the common good, and we can bring music to someone in the community as a gift of generosity and inspiration.
Unit: Community Connections
The identification of the services provided by for-profit, nonprofit and governmental organizations and the drawing of community map that not only identifies the various services provided by these community organizations but also maps areas of need in the community form the intent of this lesson...
The students volunteer their time at a local soup kitchen. Before the visit, the students gain sensitivity to the people who visit the soup kitchen through discussion and role-playing. After the visit, the students reflect on the experience through writing.
Unit: Buzzing is BEE-lieving
Students build a positive relationship with a group of people outside the classroom (retirement community, hospital, daycare facility, another classroom, etc.) through performance and discussion about "believing in yourself."
The purpose of this lesson is for learners to explore the relationship between population density, land development, transportation, environment, hydrologic cycle, temperature, water and soil degradation, deforestation and impervious surfaces.
Students reflect on questions related to global health and then brainstorm possible service projects related to food insecurity or global health. They plan and carry out a service project.
Students learn about climate change and greenhouse gas emissions. Students discuss the issue and motivations for giving for the common good. Through discussion and brainstorming, students establish things they can do personally and as a team to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Learners will describe the work of nonprofits and research their role in the local community. They will research which local nonprofits welcome the work of volunteers and provide a data base for other students who are looking for community service opportunities.