Philanthropy in Bloom
What does it mean to be a good steward of the earth?
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.
This lesson centers on the basic needs and purposes of plants, as well as people. The discussion will include the fact that plants have needs and a purpose, and people have needs and responsibilities.
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.
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.