Sharing the Book Drive

9, 10, 11, 12

The purpose of this lesson is for students to deliver the books to the recipients and spend some time reading with their partners. Students return to class to reflect on their experiences and celebrate the impact of the service project.

PrintTwo 45-minute class periods

The learner will:

  • share the collected books with the recipients.
  • read with the recipients and participate in reading activities, if determined by the project plan.
  • reflect on the service project through a writing project.
  • Construction paper or posterboard
  • Markers
  • Other supplies for creating pictures/posters, if desired (glitter, glue, etc.)


  1. Anticipatory Set:

    Review the plans for delivery of the collected items with the students and assist them in planning the logistics of delivering the books.

  2. Day One:

    Students gather all collected items and deliver them to the receiving organization or classroom. This can be done during class or as an extra-curricular activity.

  3. Have students introduce themselves to the recipients and partner with the recipients to share the books.

  4. Have students read/sharewith each other. First, the donating students read alouda book to the recipients, then (if books are short enough to read) the recipients may read aloud.

  5. If there is time, have students rotate and read/share two new books with one another.

  6. Allow time for the donating students to share their feelings about the project with the receiving group before departing.

  7. Day Two: Reflection

  8. Explain to the students that they will be spending time reflecting on the service project individually using a method of their choosing.

  9. Students will be given time to write, draw a picture, create a poster, or write a poem or song about the experience. Allow other creative reflections that are teacher approved.

  10. Allow students to work independently to address the following reflection questions:

    • What did you learn from this project?
    • What did you like about this project?
    • What, if anything, would you have changed about this project?
    • How can you continue this project for an extended period of time, rather than it being a one-time event?
  11. If time permits, allow students to share their reflections with the rest of the class.


Students will be assessed based on their reflection project.

Philanthropy Framework

  1. Strand PHIL.IV Volunteering and Service
    1. Standard VS 03. Providing Service
      1. Benchmark HS.2 Describe the goals of the project and their impact.
    2. Standard VS 05. Integrating the Service Experience into Learning
      1. Benchmark HS.1 Describe different processes of program evaluation.
      2. Benchmark HS.2 Evaluate progress on the service-learning project before, during, and after the project.
      3. Benchmark HS.3 Identify outcomes from the service.