Singing as a Way of Giving

K, 1, 2

The young people create a video by compiling recordings of the songs and acting they did as a group to communicate the meaning of acting for the common good. They share their video with a local hospital, retirement community, or preschool as entertainment.

PrintOne 45-Minute Session, plus rehearsal and video creation

The learner will:

  • cooperatively perform songs.
  • volunteer time and talents without expecting anything in return.

phone or video camera for recording


  1. Anticipatory Set:

    Inspire the youth to share their learned message about kind acts and community collaboration with someone in the larger community. Talk about who would appreciate their message and what to record in a final video.

    Listen to their ideas about what can be performed on the video. It should include the songs they practiced in the previous lessons, the reenactment of the book, the ABCs of giving, and any other information and inspiration they come up with. Encourage them to clean up and dress neatly on the recording days. 

  2. Practice and record the performances.

    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 to speak on the video, introducing songs and inviting the children to sing-a-long. Also, decide the order of the performances. Use video editing to put clips together with introductions and other slides.


  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.