We Are Philanthropists-Souperservice Families

K, 1, 2

The entire family is invited to a family night. The students display their work from the unit as well as perform some songs or dramatizations. The families will prepare jars of dried soup mix according to the recipe provided. The jars will be shared with families who visit a local soup kitchen.

Lesson Rating 
PrintOne and One-Half Hours during Evening, if Possible

The learner will:

  • assemble a dried soup mixture with the help of an adult volunteer.
  • state ways that a family can perform a community service.
  • define the term philanthropy.
  • eat snacks that were preserved through freezing. (If the class made items like banana bread or pumpkin muffins during a previous lesson and placed in the freezer.)
  • Adequate quantities of each food and spice in the recipe (Ask families to contribute foods in advance so you know if you need to purchase additional. You may need to adjust the vegetables in the recipe to fit the types that the class dried in the dehydrator.)
  • Adequate number of chairs based on RSVP responses
  • TV and VCR
  • Video: "Philanthropy Is . . ." (see Bibliographical References)
  • Copies (two per child attending) of the Harvest Sand Art Soup Recipe (Attachment One) Copy on decorative paper, if possible.
  • Pieces of yarn or ribbon (long enough to attach the recipe to the jars) and hole punch
  • New canning lids and rims for each jar
  • Plastic food wrap
  • Large and small bowls or plastic containers to hold foods for assembly line
  • Long tables for the assembly line
  • Stand-up cards that clearly show the measurement of each ingredient (1/2 cup of rice)
  • Appropriate measuring cups or measuring spoons in each container
  • Material scraps, scissors and circle patterns for decorative lid covers (optional)
  • One completed jar of soup (as a sample)
  • Each child brings two wide-mouth jars to the event
  • Snacks (prepared by students and frozen in advance) and beverages (optional)
Home Connection 

Parents are involved in an evening event that raises awareness of the simple ways that we can be involved in philanthropy projects in our communities. The families gather to assemble jars of dried soup mix. Later families, or the class, will bring the jars to a local soup kitchen.


Philanthropy Is . . . Video.


  1. Anticipatory Set:

    Depending on the size of the group, you may need to meet in the cafeteria, gym or media center. As families arrive, direct them to sit by the TV. Tell them that their children have learned the meaning of a very big word, philanthropy. Ask the students to raise their hands to help you tell their family member the meaning of the word. Tell them that they are going to watch a video that teaches a little about philanthropy and how we can all be philanthropists.

  2. Show the "Philanthropy Is" video.

    • After the video, ask the parents to define philanthropy and tell why it is good for our community. Tell the group that they are now going to have a chance to be philanthropists. Explain the project and tell them about the soup kitchen or other organization where the soup will be donated. Invite interested families to sign up for a drawing to be the ones to present the soup (unless the class is able to visit the soup kitchen and bring the soup themselves).
    • Give directions to begin assembling the soup jars. (Include washing hands or wearing gloves in the procedure.)
    • Have a separate table with chairs set up with the yarn, hole punchers and recipes. To make the jars more attractive, include materials for making the cloth lid covers. (This is a great way to get the grandparents involved in the activity.)
    • When all the jars are complete, ask everyone to gather with their jars for a group photo.
    • Have a table, cart or boxes ready where the jars can then be placed. Have parents and children return to their seats. Have a drawing of the names of two families who will represent the others in presenting the jars of soup. (This activity is naturally eliminated if the soup is being presented in a setting where all the children could be involved.)
    • Assemble the children in front of the adults and have them sing two or three songs about peace, helping or a patriotic song that they have sung in class.
    • Serve snacks and allow time for the students to show their displayed work related to the project.

Parent Survey: Evaluation of the Philanthropy Family Night (Attachment Two) End of the school year Philanthropy Survey, (Attachment Three)

Cross Curriculum 

The students, with the help of family members and other adult volunteers, assemble attractive jars of dried soup mix. The children, or representative families, will bring the jars to a local soup kitchen (or other appropriate place) where they can share their resources with people who may not have enough money for regular meals.

Philanthropy Framework

  1. Strand PHIL.I Definitions of Philanthropy
    1. Standard DP 01. Define Philanthropy
      1. Benchmark E.1 Define philanthropy as the giving and sharing of time, talent, or treasure intended for the common good.
    2. Standard DP 02. Roles of Government, Business, and Philanthropy
      1. Benchmark E.6 Explain why acting philanthropically is good for the community, state, nation, or world.
    3. Standard DP 04. Operational Characteristics of Nonprofit Organizations
      1. Benchmark E.1 Describe how citizens organize in response to a need.
  2. Strand PHIL.II Philanthropy and Civil Society
    1. Standard PCS 02. Diverse Cultures
      1. Benchmark E.4 Demonstrate listening skills.
    2. Standard PCS 05. Philanthropy and Government
      1. Benchmark E.1 Define community as the degree that people come together for the common good.
  3. Strand PHIL.IV Volunteering and Service
    1. Standard VS 01. Needs Assessment
      1. Benchmark E.1 Identify a need in the school, local community, state, nation, or world.
    2. Standard VS 03. Providing Service
      1. Benchmark E.3 Describe the task and the student role.
    3. Standard VS 05. Integrating the Service Experience into Learning
      1. Benchmark E.2 Evaluate progress on the service-learning project before, during, and after the project.
      2. Benchmark E.3 Identify outcomes from the service.