Soup's On! Caring For Others in Our Community

Unit of 6 Lessons
Grade Levels: 
3
4
5
Subjects: 
Arts Education
Language Arts
Media / Technology
Philanthropy
Social Studies
Mathematics
Science
Issue Area: 
Hunger (poverty)
Focus Question 

 How might individuals and society address the issues of poverty, homelessness and hunger, and their underlying causes? 

Unit Overview 

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.

Service Experience 
Students make placemats to donate to the soup kitchen.They visit a local nonprofit organization (soup kitchen) and volunteer their time.  Students explain idioms to students in kindergarten and first grade through a presentation of skits, posters, and/or songs. Students create functional clay pottery and sell it at a fundraiser for the soup kitchen. 
Lessons in This Unit 
Unit: 
Soup's On! Caring For Others in Our Community
Lesson 1 of 6
Grades: 
3
4
5

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).

Unit: 
Soup's On! Caring For Others in Our Community
Lesson 2 of 6
Grades: 
3
4
5

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.

Unit: 
Soup's On! Caring For Others in Our Community
Lesson 3 of 6
Grades: 
3
4
5

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.

Unit: 
Soup's On! Caring For Others in Our Community
Lesson 4 of 6
Grades: 
3
4
5

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.