Unit Overview 

This is a Project Based Learning (PBL) unit. The students individually identify a need in their community and research how a service-learning project could be beneficial. Students form small groups and create a layout of a service-learning project (including a budget and timeline). At the end of the unit they hold a "Service-Learning Expo," where the students present their projects. The participants vote on the best project, and the winning projects will be implemented by the class or school during the rest of the school year.

Service Experience 
In the fifth lesson, the students present their service-learning project proposals in a community expo. Then the class or school should determine when and how they will carry out the plans of the one or more service-learning projects that were selected by the group.
Lessons in This Unit 
Unit: 
The Power of Children
Lesson 1 of 6
Grades: 
6
7
8

Students are introduced to philanthropy and service-learning. They learn about different needs in the community and community organizations that address these needs. Students are introduced to the full scope of the Project Based Learning (PBL) project. They establish the "Knows and Need to Knows" for the project.

Unit: 
The Power of Children
Lesson 2 of 6
Grades: 
6
7
8

Students brainstorm the elements that make an effective service-learning project. They discuss the important elements and take responsibility for making sure these are carried out in the final project. They review the rubric and discuss expectations for a presentation of a service-learning project proposal.

Unit: 
The Power of Children
Lesson 4 of 6
Grades: 
6
7
8

Students form groups based on issue areas on which to base their service-learning projects. They form groups, sign group agreements, delegate tasks, and begin forming their service-learing project proposal.  The teacher provides mini-lessons to individuals, as needed, who bring information back to groups on presentation skills, budgeting, and service-learning procedure.

Unit: 
The Power of Children
Lesson 5 of 6
Grades: 
6
7
8

In this lesson, students complete all necessary aspects of the service-learning presentation. Students present their proposal at a community expo. From these proposal presentations, the class votes on their favorite service-learning project and this becomes the project the whole class carries out.