Reach into the 'Caring Container'

K, 1, 2

To encourage students to use philanthropic behavior during the course of each day.

Lesson Rating 
PrintFive-minute discussion every two weeks (17 different activities)

The learner will:

  • be able to demonstrate appropriate behaviors that display positive attitudes toward themselves and others.
  • be able state the meaning or give an example of each caring phrase.
  • be able to apply the learned activities to everyday life.
  • Container for housing the Caring Cards
  • Suggestions for the Caring Container List (see Attachment One)


  1. Anticipatory Set:

  2. Write the caring phrases on index cards and place them in a container.

    • Ask a volunteer to select a caring card from the container.
    • Copy the phrase on the board or overhead projector.
    • Class will read the activity and discuss what they are asked to do.
    • Discussion will include giving examples to ensure students understand what they need to do.
    • Students will carry out the activity at every opportunity during the focus time of a two-week period. However, the goal is to encourage them to use caring behavior throughout the year and beyond.

Write caring phrases on the board and have students either write or draw an example of them performing that activity in the classroom. Evaluate the appropriateness of the behavior the students chose to illustrate in terms of its match to the caring phrase and the completeness of the response. Base assessment on teacher observation to see if the students carry out the activities during the focus time (two weeks), and beyond the designated time.

Cross Curriculum 

Students will be able to practice carrying out the various activities during the school day.

Philanthropy Framework

  1. Strand PHIL.IV Volunteering and Service
    1. Standard VS 02. Service and Learning
      1. Benchmark E.1 Select a service project based on interests, abilities, and research.