Our Land: Intro. to Philanthropy Unit (2nd)

Unit of 3 Lessons
Grade Levels: 
K
1
2
Subjects: 
Language Arts
Media / Technology
Social Studies
Issue Area: 
Environment
Focus Question 

 What can we do to promote responsible use of all resources? What is an individual's responsibility to the common good?

 

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Unit Overview 
The Woody Guthrie song "This Land is Your Land" is used to communicate the concepts of philanthropyprivate property and commons. The students identify common areas in the school and community. The need for commons, and the responsibility to care for commons will become clear.
Service Experience 
Students design posters to share with other students in the school regarding the care of the commons areas in the school.
Lessons in This Unit 
Unit: 
Our Land: Intro. to Philanthropy Unit (2nd)
Lesson 1 of 3
Grades: 
K
1
2

Introduce the social activism of the folksinger, Woody Guthrie, and his legendary song This Land Is Your Land. His songs were written for everyone to try help lift their spirits. Learners understand that it is the responsibility of everyone to help take care of each other and the Earth.

Unit: 
Our Land: Intro. to Philanthropy Unit (2nd)
Lesson 2 of 3
Grades: 
K
1
2

This lesson is designed to help students develop a better understanding that a community is group of people working together for a common. Many people in a community need help and one of the places that they can get help is called a Relief Office. A Relief Office  needs many volunteers to help it run efficiently.

Unit: 
Our Land: Intro. to Philanthropy Unit (2nd)
Lesson 3 of 3
Grades: 
K
1
2

This lesson will help the students understand the difference between private and public property.  It will also help them understand that there are areas that are called commons. They will use this information to identify the commons around the school and decide whose responsibility it is to take care of those areas.