Feed Just One

6, 7, 8

In this lesson, we learn that small actions do matter to the common good. While Mother Teresa is an amazing example of generosity, selflessness, and caring, we don't need to give up everything and make grand gestures to be caring.

PrintOne 20-minute lesson

The learner will:

  • reflect on the caring work and words of Mother Teresa.

copies of the handout: Mother Teresa


  1. Anticipatory Set

    Share the following quotes from Mother Teresa and ask learners 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 learners to identify how and why the quotes inspire us to perform small acts of kindness.

  2. Mother Teresa exemplified [served as an example of] caring for others. She worked in India with people who were poor and sick, and 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 learner 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. Discuss how acts of kindness and generosity make a difference.


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.