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.
Lessons compiled from the previous days can be found here
These learning activities provide great conversation starters for you and your family about our roles in civil society.
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 2020TeachOne: 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
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
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.
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!
Interdisciplinary themes: social studies, SEL, stewardship, nonprofit and for-profit, critical thinking, language, math, science, art, doing good
Interdisciplinary themes: advocacy for diversity, language, interviews, visual literacy, visual art, poetry, civic engagement; listening
Interdisciplinary themes: language, reading, art, history, geography, physical activity, building, stewardship timeline
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