Plan of Action

3, 4, 5

The purpose of this lesson is to have students describe the planning process of setting up a service project.

Lesson Rating 
PrintTwo to Three Forty-Five Minute Class Periods (Including the experiential component, this lesson may take two to three weeks.)

The learner will:

  • describe the steps needed to start a service project.
  • evaluate a service project.
  • Eight Great Steps to Reach Our Goal (Attachment One)
  • Plan for Helping a Family in Need (Attachment Two)
  • Evaluation for Planning a Service Project (Attachment Three)
  • Lewis, Barbara A. The Kid's Guide to Social Action. Minneapolis: Free Spirit Publishing, 1991.
  • Williams, Vera B. A Chair for My Mother. New York: Mulberry Books, 1982.


  1. Anticipatory Set: Ask, "If we want to help a family like the one in A Chair for My Mother, what kinds of things would we have to keep in mind?" Record the responses.

  2. Explain that it is important to follow a course of action so all people involved know the direction of the service project. Use Eight Great Steps to Reach our Goal (see Attachment One) to prepare students for making a service plan.

  3. Distribute Plan for Helping a Family in Need (see Attachment Two). Allow time in class for students to work in small groups or as a whole group to complete the service plan that is specific to the project. As the class discusses the service project, chart the different responsibilities needed to accomplish the goal.

  4. Allow students to choose roles of responsibility in order to carry out the service project. Students may create advertisements, make collection boxes, research the needs of the family, contact nonprofit agencies, etc. Carry out the project according to the service plan. (See following lessons for information regarding preparation of the budget.)

  5. At the end of the project, have students discuss their project and evaluate it.


Using Evaluation for Planning a Service Project (see Attachment Three), students will: identify and explain the eight steps needed to carry out a service project. (Award one point for each correctly identified step and one point for each correct explanation.) write their reactions about the service project.

Cross Curriculum 

Students will work as a class to plan a service project to help a family in need. Each student will be responsible for contributing his/her time, talent, and/or treasure to reach the goal of the service project, which is to assist a family in the community.

Philanthropy Framework

  1. Strand PHIL.IV Volunteering and Service
    1. Standard VS 04. Raising Private Resources
      1. Benchmark E.3 Describe a service plan.