What Type of Caring?

6, 7, 8

Learners determine different ways that they show caring. They write the things they care about in word webs related to "how" they care about each thing.

PrintOne 20-minute lesson

The learner will:

  • determine how he or she cares about things and people important to him or her.
  • discuss similar interests and feelings about issues.
  • sheets of chart paper, markers
  • list of words/phrases from the previous lesson (synonyms of caring)
  • character education journals with list of things students care about


  1. Anticipatory Set:

    Ask the learners to look at the list of five people or things they "care" about in their journals from the previous lesson. Give them time to revise the list based on conversations with friends and family, if they wish to do so.

  2. Review the words/phrases that are synonymous with care or caring that are displayed from the previous lesson. Choose five to eight from this list that are most suitable for this assignment (read ahead to understand) and write these words in the center of pieces of chart paper--one word/phrase per chart. (Note: This may be done before class to save time.)

  3. Post the charts around the room and give each student a marker.

  4. Ask the learners to get out of their seats, taking their list of five things they care about with them, and write each of the things from their lists on a chart that describes how they care about it. For instance, on the chart with the word love they might write the word "family;" by the word worry they might write "grades;" and by the word concern they might write "friends." They should match what they care about to how they care about it.

  5. When finished, allow time for the learners to view the caring words again to see what their classmates indicated under each of the words. (Some words may show up several times.)

  6. Discuss if there are any patterns or similar interests. This may lead to a discussion about taking action to show their caring.

Cross Curriculum 



Philanthropy Framework

  1. 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.2 Describe the importance of hearing all voices in a community and respecting their right to be heard.
      2. Benchmark MS.3 Give an example of how philanthropy can transcend cultures.
  2. Strand PHIL.III Philanthropy and the Individual
    1. Standard PI 01. Reasons for Individual Philanthropy
      1. Benchmark MS.3 Identify and give examples of stewardship in cultural traditions around the world.
      2. Benchmark MS.4 Identify and describe the actions of how citizens act for the common good.
      3. Benchmark MS.5 Describe the responsibility students have to act in the civil society sector to improve the common good.