Investing In Others (K-2)
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.
This lesson introduces children to the understanding that people have different ideas/priorities about how to spend money (or time) as well as the value of money (or time). Students compare ways they would like to spend money (or time), and consider perceptions of money around the world.
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.
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.