Soup's On! Caring For Others in Our Community
How might individuals and society address the issues of poverty, homelessness and hunger, and their underlying causes?
Students will gain an understanding of philanthropy and the issue of hunger. They form a connection with and visit a local nonprofit organization, such as a soup kitchen. They use song, literature, measurement, maps, and art in their exploration of community service.
Students gain awareness and understanding of philanthropy through song, a visit from a community leader, and realistic fiction. Students demonstrate this understanding in discussion, writing, and art (making placemats to donate to a soup kitchen). These things are done in anticipation of a visit to a local soup kitchen (later in the unit).
The students volunteer their time at a local soup kitchen. Before the visit, the students gain sensitivity to the people who visit the soup kitchen through discussion and role-playing. After the visit, the students reflect on the experience through writing.
The purpose of this lesson is to have the students create a map showing the route from their school to the soup kitchen that they visited. They will share the map and describe their experiences at the soup kitchen with their caregivers and/or classmates.
The purpose of this lesson is to recognize idioms and discuss their meanings. Students will identify the idioms in the book Uncle Willie and the Soup Kitchen. Students also examine idioms for hurtful language and modify idioms to reflect a philanthropic heart.
Students work cooperatively to cook large quanities of soup. They will use math skills to calculate and measure the amount of ingredients that go into recipes for a large group.
The students use clay to create functional forms for everyday use. They plan a fundraiser at which they sell their pottery. The money raised is donated to the soup kitchen they visited earlier in the unit.