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 given to a local hospital or shelter for the children to use 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 and blank video tape
  • Piano/keyboard or CD/cassette player for music


  1. Anticipatory Set:Recall with students the focus of the previous lessons. Remind students that they are taking a trip to the local hospital (shelter, daycare center, etc.) soon to see volunteers and paid employees performing their jobs. Solicit from students what they might be able to do in music class that would be of benefit to the children staying in the hospital. Guide them toward a sing-along video.

  2. Review the songs "What Can I Do for You?" and "Random Acts of Kindness." Practice each class period until you are confident that students know the song and it is of performance quality.
  3. Practice songs that the students have previously learned that would be happy, uplifting songs. ("If You're Happy and You Know It," "I've Been Working on the Railroad," "Alphabet Song," "Five Green and Speckled Frogs," "Ten Little Indians," "I Like to Eat Apples and Bananas," etc.) Songs that have hand motions would be preferred. Practice these until they are of performance quality.
  4. 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: It might be advantageous to view a few sing-a-long videos to get ideas of how to do introductions, etc.
  5. Dialogue with the students what they should look and act like when they are being filmed. Remind them that this will be a product just as their writing is when they publish a story or book for others to read. It should be neat and clean.
  6. Perform and videotape. Make sure to review the video before giving it away. The video may need some editing or perhaps a few takes before you are satisfied with the final product. (Make an extra copy! It is great for parents to view while waiting for conferences.)
  7. Have students take a copy of the video with them when they take their field trip to the hospital and present it to the administration for use by the children of that institution.
View the video with students. Ask students to critique the performance as to how easy it was to sing-along, how "professional" they looked in their performance, etc. Ask for suggestions for future videos as to content, methods, etc. Arrange with the administration of the institution for the teacher to return and interview the children about the video; how they liked it, if it was easy to follow, if it was too long, too short, how it made them feel, etc. If possible, video children watching and responding to the video. Show this video to the students so they can again assess the impact of their project on the audience.
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.