Alphabody ABCs of Giving

K, 1, 2

The students develop a list of ABCs related to giving, and work cooperatively to create alphabet letters with their bodies.

Lesson Rating 
PrintOne Forty-Minute Class Period

The learner will:

  • identify generous opportunities.
  • solve a problem using kinesthetic awareness.
  • define philanthropy
  • Philanthropic Menus (see handout)


  1. Anticipatory Set:

    Brainstorm words about giving/kindness that begin with each letter of the alphabet. List words on the board and alphabetize them. See the handout for ideas.

  2. Working with the partner and using their bodies, have the students form each letter of the alphabet.

  3. Have students act out the "giving/kindness" words they brainstormed for each letter of the alphabet.

  4. Define the kindness/giving actions as acts of philanthropy. Define philanthropy as "giving time, talent, or treasure for the common good" (for the good of all, not just self).

  5. Discuss:

    • In what way is the kind/giving action they acted out good for all, the common good? 
    • Are those things also good for themselves? 
    • Can you do something that helps yourself and others at the same time? 

Select a student team to demonstrate the "construction" of an alphabet letter with their bodies and also pantomime the action described for each letter.

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.