Philanthropy in Bloom

Unit of 3 Lessons
Grade Levels: 
K
1
2
Subjects: 
Arts Education
Language Arts
Media / Technology
Philanthropy
Science
Social Studies
Issue Area: 
Environment
Focus Question 

What does it mean to be a good steward of the earth?

Unit Overview 

This unit explores the basic needs and purposes of plants and people. The students learn that beauty and the arts add purpose and joy to life and that sharing flowers can be an act of philanthropy. They use a problem-solving model to plan an act of philanthropy related to plants and the arts. 

Service Experience 
Students will plant flowers for the benefit of others. The location was determined in Lesson Two: Friendly Flowers, based on a consensus using the following criteria: permission from recipients, space for plants to grow, visibility and access to getting their needs met. Locations may include the school grounds, a community park, a retirement home, a house built by Habitat for Humanity, a homeless shelter or mission house.
Lessons in This Unit 
Unit: 
Philanthropy in Bloom
Lesson 2 of 3
Grades: 
K
1
2

Students will study the structure, color, texture and smells of flowers and discuss the importance of beauty (is it a want or a need) in their lives. Students will work with a partner to create a flower with a medium of your choice. Students will realize that sharing flowers can be an act of philanthropy. They will use a problem-solving model to collaboratively choose an appropriate site for planting flowers.

Unit: 
Philanthropy in Bloom
Lesson 3 of 3
Grades: 
K
1
2

Within this lesson, students take volunteer action for the common good by improving the beauty of the community and acting as stewards for the environment. Through reflection, students recognize the benefits of service learning to the giver as well as to the recipient. Students develop a sense of responsibility, a sense of purpose, and build on their self esteem.