Time, Talent, Treasure, and Economics

Unit of 4 Lessons
Grade Levels: 
3
4
5
Subjects: 
Language Arts
Media / Technology
Philanthropy
Social Studies
Issue Area: 
Community
Focus Question 

How does an individual use personal interests and strengths and an awareness of needs to impact the common good? 

 

Photo Credit:  Quilt by Lauren M. is licensed under CC by 2.0

Unit Overview 

Students make blankets as comfort items for a population in need. These lessons explore economics, community resources, fundraising, and project planning. The students will reflect on their experience and write, illustrate, and publish individual books describing the project and sharing their knowledge of philanthropic and economic concepts.

Service Experience 
Students may make and donate quilts to meet the needs of people who are homeless (My Brother's Keeper Ugly quilt sleeping bags); at-risk babies (ABC Quilts); or critically ill children (Project Linus). If you have a local psych hospital, youth who are at risk for suicide may appreciate homemade blankets as a comfort item.  
Lessons in This Unit 
Unit: 
Time, Talent, Treasure, and Economics
Lesson 1 of 4
Grades: 
3
4
5

Giving homemade blankets to help people who are homeless or children who are in the hospital is a form of philanthropy (giving treasure). Using a decision-making model, the students compare blanket projects and determine whether they have the time, talent, and treasure to help fill a need. They determine what their opportunity cost will be to participate in the project. Finally they will vote for the project of their choice.

— Bob Keeshan, also known as Captain Kangaroo, said, "ABC Quilts are love letters to the world."

Unit: 
Time, Talent, Treasure, and Economics
Lesson 2 of 4
Grades: 
3
4
5

The students will identify what natural resources, human capital, and capital equipment are needed to complete the chosen service learning project. They will also trace the origin of the pieces of clothing donated for the project and the possible trade flows that brought them to the United States.