I'm in a Tizzy! How Can I Help?

K, 1, 2
A children's story demonstrates reaching out to someone who is lonely. Students learn that one act of kindness can lead to other acts of kindness. Acts of kindness can make a difference in a community an may be called acts of philanthropy.
PrintOne 30 minute class period

The learner will:

  • define the term philanthropy.
  • hypothesize why certain events take place.
  • brainstorm how to show kindness to others.
  • Story Miss Tizzy by Libba Moore Gray
  • student copies of handout: Being a Good Neighbor
  • (Optional - Art Connection) Socks, wiggly eyes, felt and glue
Home Connection 

Give the learners a copy of the handout below. Ask them to share the story Miss Tizzy with family members and fill out the handout. Have the learners return the handout and ask them to share some of their answers.


 Draw a picture of yourself doing the kind act and include the response to your kindness.

  • Gray, Libba Moore. Miss Tizzy. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1993. ISBN: 0689818971.


  1. Anticipatory Set: Ask the students whether they know their neighbors. Ask for volunteers to share with the class some of the things that they do with these people. Ask students to share any experience of kindnesses and collaboration with their neighbors, and talk about how it made them feel. 

  2. Do a picture walk-through of the story Miss Tizzy. Discuss the pictures to identify how the characters feel about Miss Tizzy based on what they see in their facial expressions.

  3. Read the book to the class, having the children interact with the pages and what the characters in the story are doing.

  4. Ask students what it means when we say "a good deed done for others will come back to you." Have them give examples from Miss Tizzy. Ask students if they think it is hard to be nice to someone. Does it take a little extra effort or time? Would the results of friendship be worth the extra time or effort?

  5. Write the word philanthropy on the board. Ask for volunteers to share what they think the word means. Tell them that the word philanthropy means "giving of your time, talent or treasure for others." Discuss why philanthropy is a desirable thing, using examples from the story and real life. Explain that doing acts of kindness is one way of being a "philanthropist."

  6. Ask students to reflect on whether there is someone in their lives (in their class, school, family, neighborhood) who needs a little extra help or a kind word. Ask each student to make a plan for something they could do for someone else. Explain that they will be taking home a note to their families, asking them to help in doing an act of kindness. (Being a Good Neighbor, below).They should write or draw their plan, carry it out, evaluate how the plan worked and how it felt. (It may be as simple as a phone call to a lonely relative or bringing a treat to an elderly neighbor.)


Assess whether students can name the days of the week. Evaluate student understanding of the benefits of philanthropy through their participation in the discussion and the results of their plan.

Cross Curriculum 

Students make a plan to help someone else through an act of kindness. It may be as simple as a phone call to a lonely relative or bringing a treat to an elderly neighbor.

Philanthropy Framework

  1. Strand PHIL.I Definitions of Philanthropy
    1. Standard DP 01. Define Philanthropy
      1. Benchmark E.1 Define philanthropy as the giving and sharing of time, talent, or treasure intended for the common good.
    2. Standard DP 02. Roles of Government, Business, and Philanthropy
      1. Benchmark E.6 Explain why acting philanthropically is good for the community, state, nation, or world.
    3. Standard DP 06. Role of Family in Philanthropy
      1. Benchmark E.2 Identify examples of families supporting giving and sharing.
  2. Strand PHIL.III Philanthropy and the Individual
    1. Standard PI 01. Reasons for Individual Philanthropy
      1. Benchmark E.1 Describe one reason why a person might give or volunteer.