Philanthropy Teacher Resources
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Sports Heroes and Private Action for the Common Good
Young readers explore philanthropy and its effects on the public good. They discuss athletes and their examples as philanthropists. They research a sports hero and play "The Match Game" to determine what they know about other sports...
8th - 12th CCSS: Designed
Telling Our Stories of Giving - Writing to Persuade
After identifying the parts of a persuasive piece of writing, young writers explore different prewriting activities for the persuasive essay. They have the option to write a news article, personal narrative, or persuasive essay to...
5th - 8th CCSS: Adaptable
Selfless Service and The Giving Tree - Building Ethical Conscience
Upper elementary schoolers investigate philanthropy and selflessness by reading a children's book. In this ethics lesson, they read The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein, and research Mahatma Gandhi's troublesome, yet inspiring, life....
Kindness Counts: Understanding Charitable Giving
Financial literacy is generally focused on personal spending and saving, but consider an opportunity to talk to your pupils about how charitable giving can also factor into money management and how it can enhance life for both oneself...
9th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
Get Involved: Service Learning Projects for Middle School
Young teenagers may be aware of the problems in the world, but they may not know how close the problems are in their own community — and the many ways they can help. Mobilize their concern with a number of projects about local outreach, global research, and practical ways to bring philanthropy to your middle school classroom.
6th - 8th
Design an ESL Lesson: Sale Ads, Giving Directions, Severe Weather, Dream Kitchen
Four different activities provide ESL pupils with opportunities to practice different skills: acquiring vocabulary, giving and following directions, and using descriptive language. Though the instructions for some activities are vague,...
5th - 8th
Introduction to Philanthropy-Recognizing Good Citizenship and Philanthropy in Our Community
Students explore the term philanthropy and recognize it in everyday situations. They list three philanthropic activities occurring in their own home, in their classroom, or in their school. Students identify at least one act they might...
3rd - 5th
Intermediate Making a Formal Argument: Giving and Receiving
Give your middle school writers the opportunity to form an opinion and provide strong supporting details. Writers will respond to the statement "It is better to give than to receive." This is a particularly good assignment to use if your...
5th - 7th
The Three Life-Giving Sisters: Plant Cultivation and Mohican Innovation
Children gain first-hand experience with Native American agriculture while investigating the life cycle of plants with this engaging experiment. Focusing on what the natives called the Three Sisters - corn, beans, and squash - young...
2nd - 5th CCSS: Adaptable
"Take my Advice": Poems with a Voice
Discuss the meaning of the phrase tone of voice with the class. They respond to a variety of scenarios where a particular tone would be prevalent. They then read "Mother to Son" without knowing the title and answer some questions about...
5th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
Quarters From Kids-Power, Generosity and Leadership
Students explore the concept of philanthropy. In this service learning activity, students discover non-profit organizations that send relief in the wake of natural disasters. Students organize a fund drive to support an organization and...
9th - 12th
Just a Spoonful of Rights Makes the Responsibility Go 'Round
Students explore the concept of philanthropy. In this service learning lesson, students define rights and responsibilities. Students discuss the role of philanthropy in contributing to the common good. They also review historical...
3rd - 5th
Sharing Our Surplus Stash: A Trick-Or-Treat Twist
Students give the gift of candy to community members. In this citizenship and giving lesson, students read Franklin's Halloween and discuss why the main characters give away part of their Halloween candy. Students brainstorm who in their...
1st - 3rd
Ethics and Philanthropy The Act of Sharing and Giving
Students study the vocabulary associated with ethical, philanthropic behavior. In this ethics lesson, students listen to a read aloud, learn definitions of philanthropy and ethics, and write a personal narrative about a time when they...
6th - 8th
Introduction to Philanthropy- Recognizing Good Citizenship and Philanthropy in Our Community
Students define philanthropy. In this community lesson, students read A River Ran Wild and discuss the needs in the communities presented. Students discuss aspects of philanthropy in a community and brainstorm elements of a healthy...
3rd - 5th
Philanthropy in History Lesson 1: We the People Hall of Fame
Learners examine the lives of people who contributed to the common good, and democracy. They investigate grievances that lead to the call for American independence and look at the costs that are incurred as a result of personal acts of...
3rd - 5th
Philanthropy in History Lesson 2: "We the People" Libraries--Benjamin Franklin To Andrew Carnegie
Students study examples of philanthropy related to public libraries. They investigate the importance of books in a democratic society and research historical figures in order to write newspaper articles.
3rd - 5th
Examples of Sharing as Told Through a Native American Legend
Students explore community problem solving. In this cross-curriculum literature and social studies lesson, students listen to The Legend of the Bluebonnet by Tomie DePaola and discuss how a Native American community problem was solved. ...
3rd - 5th