Classroom lesson plans creatively infuse philanthropy, caring, and civic engagement into K-12 academic content and serve as a foundation for a student-centered approach. Click on the Search button at the top of the website page and filter by the options that help you meet your goals including: 

  • grade level
  • subject area 
  • content (academic and affective) 
  • time of year
  • Search by teaching standards. Select the set of standards you follow, and drill down on the benchmarks to find Learning to Give lessons that contain practice of that skill. 
  • Search for lessons by what you already teach (ex., water, Constitution, or letter writing) or by an issue area or philanthropy theme (ex., environment, hunger, or kindness). 
Learning to Give lessons are teacher-created and aligned to state standards, including Common Core State Standards, and some international standards.

You can easily adapt and combine lessons to suit your learners and community. Each unit contains a service component, but we encourage you to guide students, as age appropriate, to plan a unique service-learning project based on an investigation of issues, student interests, and community needs. 

"Community service is a very natural learning experience that has so many benefits. Children are very eager to learn and give and naturally share all the time. A service project showing the importance of "giving back" encourages them to continue this practice through life." -Ms. Matthews, VA 

Our free teaching resources include the following:

We are a global community of diverse stories - past, present, and future. Valuing our communities and sharing our unique stories contribute to a more inclusive world. The following two resources were written by educators and youth facilitators across the country to guide empathy, decision making, community building, and social justice. 

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.

These picture book and teen novel guides provide thought-provoking discussions and activities that teach about giving and caring. The featured books have themes of respect, kindness, inclusion, perseverance, responsibility, generosity, and citizenship.