Caring About the Community
Philanthropy in the community is examined through the children's story A Chair For My Mother. The students learn about the neccesity of saving money in order to reach a material goal. The difference between wants and needs is explored. Students participate in a cooperative project to make a difference in the school or local community. Money values are reinforced through hands-on activities.
A Chair for My Mother is the context for discussions about wants and needs. Students will also recognize how and why families and communities help each other in times of tragedy.
The students respond to A Chair for my Mother by identifying ways families save and spend money. They will then identify how savings can accumulate over a period of time.
Students will identify some community and school needs. They will respond to literature about being a good person and making a difference. Working as a group, the students select a philanthropic project, formulate a plan, and execute that plan to address the need.