Picture-Go-Round: Philanthropy Lesson (K)

K, 1, 2

To encourage students to understand that being in a group requires working together, getting along, resolving conflicts, and having fun together.

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PrintOne Thirty-Minute Class Period

The learner will:

  • exhibit the skills necessary for working and playing in a group.
  • describe and demonstrate behaviors that are necessary for people to work together in a group.
  • give examples of cooperation.
  • Construction paper
  • Markers, crayons, pencils
  • Journals


  1. Anticipatory Set:

    Ask students how many of them like to draw. Tell the students that today we are going to play the Drawing Game. We are going to make a picture in a different way. Have two children assist you in the demonstration. Start to draw a picture, then ring a bell and pass the picture to the student on right. Have that child draw for a limited amount of time. Then ring the bell and pass the picture to the next child. Allow them time to draw before ringing the bell again. Show the class the finished picture.

  2. Discuss with them how different the picture would have been if it had been drawn by only one person. When we work together we can do different things.

  3. Tell them that they will have time at the end to each draw their own picture.

  4. Explain the rules of the game:

    • Each child must pass the paper when the bell rings.
    • The group must cooperate and share the materials.
    • No negative comments are allowed.
    • Group members should encourage and compliment each other.
    • It doesn’t matter if you don’t finish your part, each person’s contribution, no matter how small, is important.
  5. Teacher will arrange class into small groups.

  6. Give children a sheet of construction paper and instruct them all to put their names on the top.

  7. Make sure the students know the order in which they will pass the paper.

  8. Ring the bell to signal the first person to begin drawing. Allow a short time for drawing. Then ring the bell and have the children pass the picture. Continue until each child has had a chance to draw.

  9. Stop when each child has their original drawing. Have the students share their drawing with the class.

  10. Discuss the activity. Talk about how they all worked together to create the pictures. Use and define the following words:

    • group
    • cooperation
    • contribution
  11. If children seem eager, repeat the activity. This time define what they will draw (examples: animals, houses, space aliens). Ask students for suggestions as to what they will draw. Allow time at the end for each child to do his/her own picture.


Teacher will note whether children were able to cooperate and create the group pictures.

Philanthropy Framework

  1. Strand PHIL.II Philanthropy and Civil Society
    1. Standard PCS 01. Self, citizenship, and society
      1. Benchmark E.3 Describe a benefit of group cooperation.
    2. Standard PCS 05. Philanthropy and Government
      1. Benchmark E.8 Describe classroom behaviors that help the students learn.