Teach One Lesson about Philanthropy

TeachOne for Back to School

Each young person has a voice, heart, and hands to take big and small actions for a meaningful purpose.

As we return to school in person in the fall of 2021, we all feel the value of what a community brings. We have an opportunity to connect anything we teach to our role in a community that cares about the diverse gifts and needs of its people. Each of us can make a choice to consider our learning and actions in relation to the good of all. 

“We make a grave error if we try to separate individual well-being from the health of the whole.” – Robin Wall Kimmerer

Lesson Plans for Back to School

TeachOne: Words Bring Peace 

These lessons 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 and donate "calming kits" filled with homemade items that sooth someone who is feeling anxiety or trauma. 

Resources for Social Awareness

  1. What can we learn about ourselves and others?
  2. How do we develop our role in community?

These three sets of resources were designed by educators and youth facilitators with the intent to provide activities and experiences that raise youth awareness of cultural identities and their role in a healthy and equitable community:

  1. Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Activities
  2. Cultural Competency Facilitator Guide
  3. Listening and Telling Stories of Identity and Culture - for elementary, middle, and high school

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Simple Service Projects

These simple and safe project guides are an easy entry for any group of young people looking to make a difference with their time and talent. Choose from a variety of project guides. The guides linked below are related to community.

 

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Literature Guides for Discussion and Learning

These literature guides linked below facilitate one-to-one, small group, or classroom reading of a book. The guides provide before, during, and after-reading discussion questions. Choose from activities and discussion questions to build understanding of one another and our role in a diverse and inclusive civil society.

Teach Us Your Name - Names carry weight.  Many times a name is said wrong or shortened to make pronouncing it easier for us, but for the other person it feels as if we are dismissing them. Our name and where we are from is a large part of what makes us who we are. We can all feel inspired and proud of our name and where we come from.

 

Just Ask - In this book, Sonia and her friends of diverse backgrounds and abilities share what is unique about each one of them as they work together to plant a garden. 

The Crossover - Josh and Jordan Bell are brothers on the court and off the court. The boys navigate life as student athletes, while also learning how to overcome obstacles without letting those obstacles ruin their relationship.

American Street - This is the story of Fabiola Toussaint, a Haitian immigrant who moves with her aunt and cousins to Detroit, on the corner of American Street and Joy Road. But after they leave Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Fabiola’s mother is detained by U.S.

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New to teaching philanthropy? Here are some things that can help you get started:

These three pages are designed to guide youth as they build self and community awareness and skills of engagement. Choose one or two activities from each page so youth learn through knowledge and experience they are a vital part of something bigger. 

  1. Build Community,
  2. Develop Skills and Knowledge, and
  3. Take Action 


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

Include TeachOne as a way to jumpstart conversations of giving all year long. Learning to Give’s TeachOne lessons consist of a single-session lesson and service project to help educators and youth leaders introduce different issues and a variety of ways to be generous. This way we grow our different generosity muscles along with deeper understanding of our communities. 

  • Back to School
  • #GivingTuesday
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Earth Day

TeachOne Feature Lesson

 
Begin with an investigation of the problems caused by plastic shopping bags, and spark youth passion for taking action. They may propose creative solutions, or follow this group project challenge to 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: King's Words of Challenge

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

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. Younger children bring joy and connection to others in the community. 

 
 
 
 
 
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Teach tools of generous listening and visual literacy. Youth create and share a poster with a simple image and simple text to communicate a message of kindness, diversity, and/or community.
 

 
Earth Day
This project captures participants' love for the outdoors and shows them how they can use their passion to give back to their community and feel good.
 
Earth Day
Children get outside and play in nature and recognize the beauty of diverse living things in their environment. Their service project is to share nature with someone else in a creative interaction. 
 

Earth Day
Youth explore how individuals can act in ways that honor the earth. Participants learn the importance of mutual flourishing between humans and nature as we work toward a pathway to sustainability for all. Motivation and education move toward a call to action to seek justice for all of creation.
 
 
 

TeachOne: Coming Together for Environmental Action

Earth Day

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. 

 

 
Begin with an investigation of the problems caused by plastic shopping bags, and spark youth passion for taking action. They may propose creative solutions, or follow this group project challenge to 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 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.

These activities guide us to understand ourselves and our communities, what we care about and our role and purpose in the larger community.

Philanthropy education and service-learning guide young people to learn about community and their role in it. In the learning process...