Unit Overview 

The work of nonprofits and the civil society ensures that we have libraries, zoos, schools, hospitals, and food pantries in our community. Philanthropic action happens when people come together to address unmet needs. Students learn about events that prevent people from getting their basic needs met, such as a natural disaster or moving to a new community. Students become motivated to think about ways they can help.

Service Experience 
The students make a connection with a social agency or Head Start. They find out the needs of the organization and make a plan to give time, talent or treasure to that agency.
Lessons in This Unit 
Unit: 
People Making a Difference
Lesson 1 of 3
Grades: 
K
1
2

This lesson introduces the concept of basic needs. Students learn about events that prevent people from getting their basic needs. They also explore how people and organizations step forward to help others get their basic needs met. Students become sensitive to the needs of others and are motivated to think about ways they can help. They are introduced to the term philanthropy.