Smiles Change the World

Unit of 5 Lessons
Grade Levels: 
K
1
2
Subjects: 
Language Arts
Media / Technology
Philanthropy
Social Studies
Issue Area: 
Civil society
Focus Question 

What does it mean to be a member of a community? 

 

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Unit Overview 

Students analyze the importance of friendship in a person's life and identify organizations that help people who need the support of friends.

Service Experience 
In the culminating lesson, students will provide recognition to an organization that helps those who have no friends.
Lessons in This Unit 
Unit: 
Smiles Change the World
Lesson 1 of 5
Grades: 
K
1
2

To introduce students to the need all people have for friendship and belonging. They will apply what they learn by working with a partner to create a page for a class "big book". The book will be given to another class to help them learn the importance of friendship and belonging and some methods for filling these needs at school in the form of serial reciprocity.

Unit: 
Smiles Change the World
Lesson 2 of 5
Grades: 
K
1
2

This lesson introduces children to the importance of facial expressions and their impact on other people. The feelings behind different facial expressions are discussed and the benefits of smiling at each other are emphasized. Students prepare to fill an unmet need for friendship by creating a banner to be given to a group selected by the class as part of a lesson later in this unit.

Unit: 
Smiles Change the World
Lesson 3 of 5
Grades: 
K
1
2

Students discuss friendship, the different kinds of friends, and generate a list of organizations which might help someone find friends. They use their writing skills to develop individual lists of people who have an unmet need for friendship. Using their individually created lists, they generate a class list of organizations that might help people who have an unmet need for friendship that might appreciate receiving the class Friendship Banner made in Lesson Two: Friendship Begins with a Smile.