Dear Freshman

Unit of 3 Lessons
Grade Levels: 
K
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Subjects: 
Language Arts
Philanthropy
Social Studies
Social-Emotional Learning
Issue Area: 
Community
Focus Question 

How can we pay forward the kind acts that others have done for us? 

Unit Overview 

In this one period lesson, students will learn about making a difference through kindness and helpful gestures towards incoming students. Students will facilitate a service project that revolves around "Secrets of Success" offering helpful tips and support for incoming students. May be adapted for other grade levels. 

Photo Credit: IMG_8314.jpg by AFS-USA Intercultural Programs is licensed under CC by 4.0 

Service Experience 
Students work in small groups to create skits and record on video to be shared with an incoming class "Secrets of Success." These fun video tips will have the impact of a more collaborative school culture where students care about the well-being of others. 
Lessons in This Unit 
Unit: 
Dear Freshman
Lesson 1 of 3
Grades: 
K
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5
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9
10
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12

In this one period lesson, students explore the impact of sharing their experience to make a difference to someone who hasn't had an experience yet. They learn about "paying it forward," also known as serial reciprocity. Students will facilitate a service project that revolves around letters of encouragement. The seniors' letters will offer helpful tips and support for incoming freshmen. This lesson may be adapted for any grade level. 

Photo Credit: IMG_8314.jpg by AFS-USA Intercultural Programs is licensed under CC by 4.0