Cinderella Project

Unit of 4 Lessons
Grade Levels: 
Arts Education
Language Arts
Media / Technology
Social Studies
Issue Area: 
Focus Question 

How do individual acts of philanthropy impact global quality of life? 


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Unit Overview 

In this unit, students explore several cultures by reading variations of the Cinderella fairy tale.  They analyze character traits and come to recognize the fairy godmother character as a philanthropist.  Using the character as a role model, the students participate in a service-learning project and raise money to purchase new shoes for children (through a local organization).

Service Experience 
Students participate in a service project in which they collect shoes for children in need.  Students write a class book in which they explain their goals and procedures for collecting shoes or money for shoes.  They approach the businesses or individuals who may help them as well as find ways to earn money to purchase additional shoes. At a final assembly, the students present the shoes and money to a local organization which can distribute the shoes to the children who need them.
Lessons in This Unit 
Cinderella Project
Lesson 4 of 4

The students write letters to thank donors and sponsoring organizations.  The students prepare, practice and present their completed project to a representative of the receiving organization.

Teacher Note:  Several weeks prior to teaching this lesson, the teacher should arrange a date with the school principal and a representative of the receiving organization for a school assembly, at which the shoes will be presented.