Teach One Lesson about Philanthropy

Include TeachOne in Your School Year Plan

TeachOne includes three vibrant turnkey initiatives, each with a lesson plan and project for grades K-5, 6-8, and 9-12. This year, build community through giving while teaching interdisciplinary skills and art. TeachOne – with your classroom or whole school – to empower your students to want to “do good” and “do well.”
Use our assessments for students, teachers, families, and community partners to document the impact of service-learning and philanthropy instruction: Evaluation of Impact 

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; generous 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 

Each one-session lesson is followed with a simple and powerful service project and reflection. These lessons spark meaningful discussions and service that centers on giving, sharing, and caring.

TeachOne in your classroom or rally others in your building to TeachOne on #GivingTuesday, November 28.

  • Bedtime Bags In this one period lesson, students learn about people and children who are homeless and make bedtime bags for children in shelters as their service project. 
  • GivingTuesday In this one period lesson, students define philanthropy and discuss the joy of giving, as well as various ways to give through nonprofits in the community. 
  • Impact of Giving In this one period lesson, students investigate local and global hunger issues, and learn about nonprofits in the community. As a service project, the students organize an event, such as a volunteer fair or game-a-thon, and raise awareness of the issue of hunger and of giving opportunities available to students and families. 
  • Delivery Gratitude Day  In this one period lesson, students focus on the meaning and benefits of gratitude. Students give examples of what people give up (opportunity cost) when they give philanthropically. For their service project, students will decide how they can 'deliver gratitude' to a deserving person or group. They will then complete a service such as writing thank you notes. 

Measuring Impact

These evaluations may be completed by parents and families, community partners, students, and teachers, and may be used in conjunction with any Learning to Give lesson, toolkit, or resource. The goal is to help you collect information about the impact of your philanthropy and service-learning instruction. 

*You must have an active Learning to Give account to access the evaluation materials. 

Learning to Give is interested in data related to school participation. We encourage you to send us copies of your evalutaions when you are done with them. 

Connecting with Educators

When you TeachOne, remember to share the lesson and project with your colleages and media. Tell us what you and your students did, and look to Learning to Give to connect you with a similar grade level in another state doing the same lesson and project. 

Bonus Opportunity 

Tote Challenge: Popular in 2017-18 and 2018-19
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. 

Recycling Lesson Plans

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Recycling Lesson Plans

In preparation for Earth Day, teach lessons about recycling, reducing, and reusing. Click the "Lessons" link below and then filter the search results for your grade level and subject area. These multi-disciplinary lessons help students understand issues and ways people take action to make a difference for the good of all. 

View this toolkit of lesson plans, project ideas, and background information related to the environment. 

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.