Teach One Lesson about Philanthropy

What to Teach During School Closures

Look here each day for lesson plans to help you link learning to generosity in this time of uncertainty.
These learning activities provide great conversation starters for you and your family about our roles in civil society.

Lessons compiled from the previous days can be found here
1. Service to the Neighborhood -- a lesson for secondary students

This lesson helps young people see the neighborhood as part of their diverse world for which they have a social responsibility. 



Create art to connect people in solidarity ... on the sidewalks, in your windows and doors, or in the shared spaces where people in your "neighborhood" walk through.



2. Neighborhood Vision -- a lesson for elementary students

This lesson helps young people see the positive traits in their neighborhood as part of their responsibility, and they explore ways to use their efforts to cheer up or clean up. 



Put a teddy bear in your window and send notes around the neighborhood encouraging others to do the same. Families can go on a bear hunt to spot the bears in windows.

The picture books Bears Barge In and We're Going On a Bear Hunt are fun for this project.



Also, look on Learning to Give's homepage for "currently featured" lessons. This article gives tips for family activities that build generosity. Our literature guides provide discussion prompts to teach generosity with literature. Follow Learning to Give on social media for inspiration, ideas, and tips. We're on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram. 

Include TeachOne in Your Year Plan

This year, Learning to Give’s TeachOne lessons (Back to School, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and Earth Day) teach the skills of respectful dialogue and guide students to work toward peaceful and inclusive communities (Sustainable Development Goal #16). 

TeachOne is our antidote to, "I don't have time for that." Give a TeachOne lesson and project a try to see how impactful generosity can be on your classroom culture and student learning, AND how seamless it is to infuse philanthropy into your everyday teaching practice. Then dive into Learning to Give’s hundreds of free online lessons and activities to fit any subject and grade level.
Teaching giving and caring isn't an add on, it's part of what you do every day!

TeachOne with your classroom or whole school – to empower your students to “do good” and “do well.”

TeachOne for Earth Day 2020

TeachOne: Coming Together for Environmental Action

In these elementary and secondary lessons, the learners identify an outdoor space that needs cleanup, and they survey all the possible stakeholders before they take action together. With a goal of building peaceful and inclusive communities (UN Sustainable Development Goal #16), listening to others' perspectives is key to moving forward together for a better world. 

As service, students identify an area that needs cleanup on the school grounds or in the local community. This may be an unused lot where they plant something useful, a litter-strewn sports field where they petition for trash and recycling programs, or an unmarked trail for which they create maps and plant guides. Whatever they choose, they must collect opinions and ideas, get permission, trouble-shoot, and find resources to address the issue. 

TeachOne for Back to School 2019-20

TeachOne: Words Bring Peace 

Elementary and secondary versions teach respectful language for positive group formation. Using literature to build relationships through trauma-informed practices, facilitators teach youth the choices they have to influence peaceful and inclusive communities.  

As a service, students make "calming kits" filled with homemade items that sooth someone who is feeling anxiety or trauma. The kits may be donated to a classroom, police station, hospital, or other place where self-calming tools and words can help calm a young person.

TeachOne for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2020

TeachOne: King's Words of Challenge

These lessons and projects give tools and tips for discovering our spark and celebrating the diverse contributions we all can make. Students internalize "I matter in my communities."  

As a service project, secondary youth design and take a poll to find out what issues others care about and what talents and interests they have. They share the results and recommend community action and ways to connect to community resources. Younger students share their personal talents and interests with people of another generation to bring joy and connection to others in the community. 

Professional Development Opportunity: Learn More About The SDGs

Enhance your understanding of the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals, particularly LTG's focus this year: Number 16 - building peaceful and inclusive communities. In this mini-course, "Sustainable Development Goals and Student Action," we introduce the 17 SDGs and explore ways to bring the goals to life in the classroom. We guide you as you teach your students about the current 17 goals with tools to research and decide which issue they care about most. Upon successful completion of the course quiz, you may request a certificate suitable for a professional development portfolio. 

Mini-Course on SDGs

TeachOne Feature Lessons from 2018-19 

Select from any of our TeachOne lessons to inspire your students to be giving, caring, and community-minded this school year and beyond! 

Creative Community in Partnership with Crayon Collection 
Empower your students through this lesson and project to inspire them to get creative and take action to collect and redistribute used crayons to children that need them. Develop community connections and make art!
Interdisciplinary themes: social studies, SEL, stewardship, nonprofit and for-profit, critical thinking, language, math, science, art, doing good  
Empower your students through this lesson and project to teach tools of generous listening and visual literacy. Students create and share a poster with a simple image and simple text to communicate a message of kindness, diversity, and/or community.
Interdisciplinary themes: advocacy  for diversity, language, interviews, visual literacy, visual art, poetry, civic engagement; listening
Empower your students through this lesson and project to capture your students’ love for the outdoors and show them how they can use their passion to give back to their community and feel good.
Interdisciplinary themes: language, reading, art, history, geography, physical activity, building, stewardship timeline 

Tote Challenge: Our Most Popular lesson and project
K-12 #ToteChallenge: Students investigate the problems caused by plastic shopping bags, then propose solutions they can take to address the problems. They brainstorm uses for plastic bags and design a reusable shopping tote out of an old T-shirt using engineering, problem-solving, creativity, and communication. They take action by using and sharing their homemade totes and by educating the community about problems and solutions to the plastic bag crisis. 

TeachOne for GivingTuesday

GivingTuesday is a global day of giving celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving. It’s a day that generosity is elevated after two shopping events: Black Friday and Cyber Monday. On the day people around the world are talking about where they will give, teach one of these K-12 lessons to raise awareness with your students that they have something valuable to give - their time, talent, or treasure. 


Since GivingTuesday is a social event, here's a meaningful way to share your students’ generous hearts:

  • Lead the Blue Sky activity to open discussions about interests and community needs. Share your students' visions and creations on social media. Download and print our selfie template and snag a few pics of students sharing how they plan to give their time, talent, or treasure. (Login to download this template.) 
  • Tag posts with @learningtogive #LTGInMyClassroom #Teach1 #GivingTuesdayKids

TeachOne Lesson Plans

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TeachOne Lesson Plans

With TeachOne initiatives throughout the year, Learning to Give makes it easy to infuse giving and civic engagement into your plans. TeachOne lessons are single-session lessons with a project idea adaptable for your grade and subject area.  Click below to view lessons from previous TeachOne initiatives: #Back to School, #MLK Day, and #Earth Day.