Singing as a Way of Giving

K, 1, 2

The students will practice the songs from previous lessons about philanthropy and other songs that will comprise a video to be shared with a local hospital or shelter as entertainment.

Lesson Rating 
PrintTwo to Three Forty-Minute Class Periods

The learner will:

  • cooperatively perform songs.
  • volunteer time and talents without expecting anything in return.
  • Video camera
  • Piano/keyboard or player for music


  1. Anticipatory Set:

    Tell students that together we will record a video of singing and performing that will be shared with people as entertainment, inspiration, and information about generosity. Listen to their ideas about what can be performed on the video. It should include the songs they practiced in the previous lessons. Encourage them to clean up and dress neatly on the recording days. 

  2. Practice and record the songs "What Can I Do for You?" and "Random Acts of Kindness." 

    Practice and record songs that the students have previously learned that would be happy, uplifting songs. Songs that have hand motions would be preferred. 

  3. Decide as a group how to introduce and end the video. Select a spokesperson or a group of students to speak on the video, introducing songs and inviting the children to sing-a-long. Also, decide the order of the songs. A total of six to eight songs will probably be sufficient.

    Teacher Tip: View a few sing-a-long videos to get ideas of how to do introductions.

  4. Share the video with audiences that will appreciate the sweetness and uplifting nature of kids' art and singing. Reflect with the children about how it feels to share their work to brighten the day of others. 

Cross Curriculum 

The students will perform a variety of songs appropriate for children ages two to eight. The performance will be videotaped and donated to the local hospital Pediatric Unit or shelter for use with the patients there.

Philanthropy Framework

  1. Strand PHIL.IV Volunteering and Service
    1. Standard VS 03. Providing Service
      1. Benchmark E.1 Provide a needed service.
      2. Benchmark E.4 Demonstrate the skills needed for the successful performance of the volunteer job.