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

K, 1, 2
Keywords & Concepts: 
A children's story demonstrates how reaching out to someone who is lonely can make a difference. One act of kindness can lead to other acts of kindness and make a difference in a community.
PrintOne 30 Minute Session

The learner will:

  • define the term philanthropy.
  • identify ways to be a kind neighbor.
  • read-aloud copy of the book Miss Tizzy by Libba Moore Gray
  • Gray, Libba Moore. Miss Tizzy. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1993. ISBN: 0689818971.


  1. Anticipatory Set:

    Have a discussion about neighbors and neighborhoods. Have the children share any experiences of kindness and collaboration with their neighbors.

  2. Read the book Miss Tizzy. Talk about first impressions and how first impressions can change. Talk about the ways to be kind even when we aren't sure how we feel about someone. 

  3. Talk about the meaning of "a good deed done for others will come back to you." Talk about examples from Miss Tizzy. Ask whether it is hard to be nice to someone. Does it take a little extra effort or time? What are the possible results of kindness? Would a possible new friendship be worth the extra time or effort?

  4. Define the word philanthropy as "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."

  5. Reflect on whether there is someone in their lives (in their class, school, family, or neighborhood) who needs a little extra help or a kind word. Make plans to do something kind. 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.