Volunteering as Good Work

Unit of 5 Lessons
Grade Levels: 
Arts Education
Language Arts
Media / Technology
Social Studies
Issue Area: 
Civil society
Focus Question 

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


Photo Credit:  Jake and Zoe Rake by Michael Newton is licensed under CC by 2.0

Unit Overview 

The students will learn about the volunteers who help in the school. They compare paid and unpaid jobs. The students interview volunteers to learn about the motivation and rewards of volunteering. Each student decides how to be a volunteer in school, at home or in the community. 

Service Experience 
In Lesson One: School Worker Guessing Game, students may create a bulletin board by displaying the pictures they make of the school workers. They propose several messages to display that declare appreciation for the employees and encourage others to recognize the efforts of the varied school personnel. In Lesson Five: What Can I Do? the students choose their own ways to serve as volunteers (or philanthropists) at home, at school or in the neighborhood. Note: This lesson can be tied with another Learning to Give unit: See “Phil’ Up on the Arts” (K-2) at <www.learningtogive.org> In music class, the students learn that they can give through singing. They develop a music video or audio tape to be given to a local hospital (or daycare center).
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