Our Classroom or Group
Young people play with other children, showing that trust, collaboration, and thinking of the good of all are part of fun group activities.
- identify why trust is important to a community
- explain what is meant by a common resource
- a parachute large enough to have all of the young people participate
- soft balls to bounce on the top
Display the definition of community: A community is a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.
- All Are Welcome Here literature guide - this book illustrates a variety of children in a school setting
Have a box in the front of the room with the parachute hidden inside. Tell the children that the "something" in the box is NOT yours, it's not theirs, it is something that is a "common resource" in the classroom. Define "common." Ask the children to name some items that the whole class can use together that would be fun. Listen to lots of ideas. When you reveal the parachute, suggest some of their ideas can be saved for later fun and sharing.
Give a couple rules/guidelines and ask the children to stand around the parachute and pick it up together. Give cooperative directions: Lift high in the sky. Go as low as you can go. Lift high and bring the parachute around your head and behind you and sit down inside together…count to see how long it will stay in the air. Hold the parachute at waist height, add the balls, and play popcorn. Allow the children to take turns directing the actions for the group.
Predict and test different movements with fewer people. What would happen if one child let go without anybody knowing? Test what would happen if four people let go while the parachute is in the air. Would the parachute go up as high if there are only a small number of people lifting?
Sit down and talk about trust and responsibility for common good:
Talk about what it would look like if everyone had the common good in mind (honesty, helping one another, following directions, looking out for some body else, not playing tricks on each other).
Each person may write or dictate a statement of their intention for the good of all.
Strand PHIL.I Definitions of Philanthropy
Standard DP 02. Roles of Government, Business, and Philanthropy
Benchmark E.3 Identify ways that trust is important in all communities.
Strand PHIL.II Philanthropy and Civil Society
Standard PCS 03. Philanthropy and Economics
Benchmark E.7 Define and describe private property and common resources.