What a Wonderful World—Changes Through Time

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

 How has my community changed over time? What have the elderly people seen and done in my community? What great things are the babies of my community going to see and do? 

 

Photo Credit:  Hand in Hand by Garry Knight is licensed under CC by 2.0

Unit Overview 

The purpose of the lesson is to recognize that elderly people have seen some of the changes in the community over time and can provide different perspectives. This unit follows the themes from the song, "What a Wonderful World."

 

Service Experience 
Lesson One: Students are teamed up with a resident of a retirement facility with the purpose of establishing a reciprocal relationship. Students come with an attitude of openness. They should be prepared with questions for learning about the other person’s life, but also be ready to share their own information. The teacher can set up several meetings to continue the friendships with the residents or establish a writing relationship. The students will later present their new friends with poems and a slide show of photos set to music. Lesson Two: Students help out the family of a new baby with a kind act. Within the school community, there may be a family with a new baby who can use some help with yard work, a meal, or a small gift.
Lessons in This Unit 
Unit: 
What a Wonderful World—Changes Through Time
Lesson 1 of 3
Grades: 
3
4
5

This lesson guides students to pursue an intergenerational friendship. Through literature, students also recognize the joy of sharing time, talent, and/or treasure—something kind and unexpected–with people about whom they care. Through literature students recognize the richness of developing friendships with people of a different generation. They also discuss making false assumptions from first impressions.

Unit: 
What a Wonderful World—Changes Through Time
Lesson 3 of 3
Grades: 
3
4
5

The purpose of this lesson is to help students become aware that their city has changed over the years—in some ways for the better and other ways for the worse. Students analyze why preserving old buildings is important enough to some people that they give their time, talent, and treasure. They gain respect for people and things that are old.