Feed Just One

6, 7, 8

Students read about the caring work of Mother Teresa. They respond to questions about her work.

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PrintOne 20-minute class period

The learner will:

  • reflect on the caring work and words of Mother Teresa.
  • read and discuss a biography of Mother Teresa.

student copies of the handout: Mother Teresa


  1. Anticipatory Set

    Write the following quotes from Mother Teresa on the board and ask different students to read them aloud.

    • "If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one."
    • "It is not the magnitude of our actions but the amount of love that is put into them that matters."
    • “We cannot do great things on this Earth, only small things with great love.”

    Ask the students to identify how and why the quotes inspire us to perform small acts of kindness.

  2. Tell the students that Mother Teresa exemplified [served as an example of] caring for others. Explain that she worked in India with people who were poor and sick, and that she was admired by many for her selflessness [putting others' needs before her own] and caring for people who were neglected [passed over] by others. 

  3. Give each student a copy of the handout, Mother Teresa. As a group, they read the paragraph and discuss the questions on the bottom of the paragraph about her work.

  4. Reflect on whether and how acts of kindness and generosity create peace.

Cross Curriculum 

This character education mini-lesson is not intended to be a service learning lesson or to meet the K-12 Service-Learning Standards for Quality Practice. The character education units will be most effective when taught in conjunction with a student-designed service project that provides a real world setting in which students can develop and practice good character and leadership skills. For ideas and suggestions for organizing service events go to generationon.org.


Philanthropy Framework

  1. Strand PHIL.I Definitions of Philanthropy
    1. Standard DP 01. Define Philanthropy
      1. Benchmark MS.4 Give examples of how individuals have helped others.
    2. Standard DP 02. Roles of Government, Business, and Philanthropy
      1. Benchmark MS.2 Give examples of needs not met by the government, business, or family sectors.
  2. Strand PHIL.II Philanthropy and Civil Society
    1. Standard PCS 01. Self, citizenship, and society
      1. Benchmark MS.4 Describe the characteristics of someone who helps others.
    2. Standard PCS 02. Diverse Cultures
      1. Benchmark MS.7 Identify women and minorities who are or have been leaders in the civil society sector.