Investing In Others (K-2)

Unit of 3 Lessons
Grade Levels: 
K
1
2
Subjects: 
Language Arts
Mathematics
Philanthropy
Social Studies
Issue Area: 
Global
Focus Question 

 How do our needs and wants impact our choices? 

 

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Unit Overview 

Students gain awareness of and empathy for differences between their wants and needs and the wants and needs of others. They discuss the read-aloud book Sam and the Lucky Money and build understanding of the choices we make with our assets, like time and talent. They explore ways they can share their time, talent, and treasure with someone with different needs and wants than their own.

Service Experience 
Have the children investigate things they can do to help people who do not have enough food, clothing, or shelter. This may include having a sock drive, volunteering at a food pantry, inviting children to a party at a park with games and snacks. They may ask a local charity what their needs are. Encourage children to brainstorm and select the best way to donate their time, talent, or treasure to help people in need or the homeless in the community.
Lessons in This Unit 
Unit: 
Investing In Others (K-2)
Lesson 2 of 3
Grades: 
K
1
2

Children compare wants and needs and create a collage of wants and needs. Students clarify their understanding and interpretation of wants and needs as they compare their wants and needs with others in the room and in the world. They respond to the story Sam and the Lucky Money. Children start to reflect on ways they can empathize with and help people who have different needs than their own.

Unit: 
Investing In Others (K-2)
Lesson 3 of 3
Grades: 
K
1
2

Children define philanthropy and brainstorm different ways people share time, talent, and treasure for the sake of others. They may select a service project that fits their interests and talents and carry out a plan of action.