Philanthropy in Song

K, 1, 2

This lesson will give the students a working definition of philanthropy through the use of song. The students will sing the definition of philanthropy to a familiar tune.

Lesson Rating 
PrintOne Forty-Five Minute Class Period

The learner will:

  • develop phonemic awareness through the use of rhyming text.
  • differentiate between the vocabulary words time, talent and treasure.
  • learn the song "What Is a Philanthropist?"
  • identify possible philanthropic acts.
  • Take Me Out of the Bathtub by Alan Katz
  • Lyrics for the song "What Is a Philanthropist?" on chart paper or overhead
  • Chart paper and markers
  • Students journals
  • Song Sheet and Letter to Families (Handout)
Home Connection 

Send home an introductory note to families explaining what a philanthropist is and how the song can be used at home for review. (Handout: Song Sheet and Letter to Families.)


Katz, Alan. Take Me Out Of the Bathtub and Other Silly Dilly Songs. Scholastic Inc., 2001. ISBN: 0-439-43412-2


  1. Anticipatory Set:

    Play a version of the silly song, Take Me Out of the Bathtub by Alan Katz. Students may sing along. Tell them the tune is from a famous song, "Take Me Out to the Ball Game." Tell them you are going to teach them another silly song, sung to a familiar tune, to learn the meaning of a big word. 

  2. Give the definition of philanthropist. A philanthropist is someone who gives of his/her time, talent and treasure for another or for the common good. Break down the definition into parts, and have students give examples of all of the following words.

  3. Time: (before school, recess, lunch time, etc.)

    Talent: (reading, singing, playing soccer, etc.)

    Treasure: (money, candy, special book, special toy, etc.)

    Common Good: (something that is good for everyone - this means all of us.)

  4. Introduce the song, What is a Philanthropist?  This song is also a song that has a tune like a song you may have heard before. It sounds like the song, Are You Sleeping? but it has different words. Students should follow along as the teacher tracks the print. In the second reading, stop at the words time, talent and treasure to help the students become familiar with the words. Sing the song through several times to develop fluency.


Students illustrate an example of philanthropy in their journals. Depending on ability, have students dictate a sentence, label their picture, or write a sentence. Illustration relates to philanthropy in the form of sharing, helping, giving for the good of another. Mastery is demonstrated when the student tells about their picture and explains why it shows an act of philanthropy. 

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. 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.
      2. Benchmark E.2 Identify why people practice philanthropy related to their own self-interest.