Issue Areas

Free Issue Area-Related Lesson Plans and Project Ideas

Click each block below to access a Toolkit to build knowledge, community connections, and empathy through K-12 lessons, projects, and community resources related to the issue area.

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Refugees in Our Community

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Refugees in Our Community

A refugee is a person who has been forced to flee from his or her home country and is unable or afraid to return because of war, violence, or persecution. This toolkit gives ideas for lesson plans, community partners, and project ideas that include advocacy, volunteering, or welcoming students who are refugees in their own school or community.  

Clean Water, Watersheds, and Water Cycle

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Clean Water, Watersheds, and Water Cycle

Focus student attention on the need for clean water and the science of water systems. The toolkit provides lesson plans, project ideas, and background information related to water.  

The Able-Ness Toolkit

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The Able-Ness Toolkit

Students with differing abilities and skill levels can experience greater potential in general education, peer to peer relationships, and for a productive and engaging life after school years, if they have support and encouragement in place. This toolkit provides information, activities, and service-learning project ideas to help students of different levels and abilities participate in life skill opportunities with philanthropy themes.

Disability Awareness

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Disability Awareness

Teach lessons that build empathy for people with physical and mental differences. Lesson plans, project ideas, and community partners help students understand abilities and strengths of people who are differently abled. 

Photo Credit: Coach Jeff playing basketball with a student by U.S. Embassy, Jakarta is licensed under CC by 4.0 

Establishing a Culture of Kindness

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Establishing a Culture of Kindness

Teach lessons that explore how acts of kindness vs bullying behavior impact the whole community. Link to four anti-bullying units and character education units.

This toolkit provides lesson plans, project ideas, and background information related to promoting kindness and anti-bullying. 

Environment

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Environment
Students learn about stewardship for the environment, including air pollution, litter, recycling, trees, water, and animals. These lessons, project ideas, and community connections help students understand issues and ways people take action to make a difference for the good of all. Another toolkit focuses on environmental justice.

Civic Participation and Voting

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Civic Participation and Voting

Teach skills of civic participation from voting to advocating for a cause. Each toolkit includes lesson plans, project ideas, and background information related to civic participation and voting. Civic Participation Toolkit

Photo Credit:  November 4: D'arby voted! By Gwen is licensed under CC by 2.0

Honoring Veterans and Community Helpers

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Honoring Veterans and Community Helpers

This toolkit of lesson plans, project ideas, and background information raises awareness of the role of veterans, military, and community helpers. Students gain knowledge of their service as a form of philanthropy - giving their time for the common good. Read literature, study the actions of past military, and take action to advocate for veterans and community helpers and give support to current soldiers. 

Civil Rights, Justice, and Advocacy

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Civil Rights, Justice, and Advocacy

This toolkit links to lesson plans, project ideas, and background information related to civil rights, justice and advocacy. Raise students' awareness of the concepts of caring, respect, and fairness, and encourage students to demonstrate these character qualities to honor the legacy of Dr. King. Teach lessons and resources to guide student action related to Civil Disobedience in history.  

The Arts as a Cultural Necessity

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The Arts as a Cultural Necessity

Art is an essential part of adding quality to our lives. Through visual, performance, and other art forms, people gain joy and explore the themes of life. Students may use art as an  expression and communication tool to advocate for issues. Or they may advocate to add art to their community. This toolkit includes lesson plans, project ideas, and background information related to the arts. 

Advocacy for Animals

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Advocacy for Animals

View this toolkit of lesson plans, project ideas, and background information related to animal projects. Young people often start their earliest philanthropy in service to animals. Written in collaboration with ASPCA, these lessons teach empathy and action related to the needs of animals, giving a voice to the voiceless.

How Do We Respond to and Prepare for a Crisis?

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How Do We Respond to and Prepare for a Crisis?

When disaster strikes, whether caused by nature or humans, the humanitarian spirit of individuals and communities swells. The lesson plans, project ideas, and links to nonprofit resources here provide opportunities to discuss our response to disaster and explore actions that young people can take before and after disaster strikes. 

Intergenerational Relationships

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Intergenerational Relationships

Communities are stronger when people of diverse backgrounds and ages become friends and work together for a common purpose. These lessons, project ideas, and community resources engage students in discussions and service that build respect for people of different generations -- older and younger. The Our State of Generosity resources are based on servant leadership and stories of lifelong philanthropists.

Global Issues of Peace and Justice

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Global Issues of Peace and Justice

We are all connected in a global world where the actions of people across the world impact our lives. From poverty to education to environment and refugees, the issues of the world are the issues of our communites. Photo Credit:  Grandma, Baisakhi by Nevil Zaveri is licensed under CC by 2.0

Literacy and Literature

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Literacy and Literature

Help students understand the importance of literacy with Learning to Give lessons. Reading and reflection offer an opportunity to explore universal themes of kindness and the common good:

  1. motivations of the characters
  2. how characters' actions impact the greater community
  3. themes and instances of the struggle between self-interest and common good

Hunger, Homelessness and Poverty

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Hunger, Homelessness and Poverty
Move beyond the holiday canned food drive and engage your students in knowledge about hunger and poverty and discussion about why it exists. Featured lessons explore why people are hungry and what anyone can do to address it.  Another toolkit focuses on food security and food justice.

Health and Safety

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Health and Safety

These lesson plans, project ideas, and community resources help youth understand and advocate for healthy and safe choices for self and community, as well as learn about advocacy for disease research and mental illness stigma. 

Teacher-created philanthropy education lessons magnify the impact of any academic content with themes of generosity, community, and civic and social responsibility. Perfect base for PBL, service-learning, and student-centered instruction. Lessons align to state standards, including Common Core State Standards, and some international standards.

Every day there are opportunities to discuss our role in civil society and decide whether and how to get involved in current events. At Learning to Give, we want to help students learn and practice taking action for the common good—yes, this too is philanthropy. This page provides tools and tips related to current events. Look here to involve your students' voice and action to make a difference.