Lessons

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. Sharing our unique stories helps make a better world as we engage in the philanthropic act of generous listening. The following two resources were written by practicing teachers across the country to guide empathy, decision making, community building, and social justice. Social Emotional Learning: Guides with suggested activities and videos to help students engage in SEL while Learning to Give. Social Justice: Lesson plans by grade level that culminate in a StoryCorps-style project.

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.

Current events provide opportunities to discuss our role in civil society and to decide whether and how to get involved. At Learning to Give, we want to help young people learn about and practice taking action for the common good. Look here for current ideas to spark youth knowledge and action to make a difference.

Issue Area-Related Lesson Plans and Project Ideas

The best service-learning projects are related to learning, involve youth voice and choice, address a researched need, and work with local resources. Click the green button in each issue area block below to access a ...

Learning to Give in Your After-School Program 

Use our step-by-step mini-courses for teaching generosity and building community connections in your after-school program. Learning to Give’s Free Teaching and Learning Mini-Courses linked below guide After-School instruction and...