January Moments of Service
New Year's Day (January 1)
Each year more than half of all people living in the U.S. (more than 150,000,000 people) make New Year Resolutions.
Encourage students to include service and volunteerism on their list of New Year Resolutions.
SIGNATURE EVENT: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (January 21)
Raise students' awareness of the concepts of "caring, respect, and fairness" and encourage students to demonstrate these character qualities to honor the legacy of Dr. King.
See the January Moments of Service Toolkit for service project ideas and resources.
generationOn Lessons & Resources
These lessons connect students to figures in history who have been challenged to resolve conflicts utilizing peace and non-violence. By exploring the lives of peaceful leaders (Wangari Maathai, Rigoberta Menchú, Mohandas Gandhi, and Martin Luther King, Jr.), students make comparisons to their personal lives and local communities and learn strategies for resolving conflicts peacefully. Students create books and images that express their understanding of peaceful leadership and share that message with others in the community.
Kids Care Clubs Souper Bowl of Caring
Kids Care Clubs participate in the national Souper Bowl of Caring. Super Bowl Sunday is the second largest day of food consumption in America, next to Thanksgiving. This is a great time to hold a food drive and collect food for those in need. Go to http://www.kidscare.org/clubcentral/souper-bowl-caring to find out how your club can collect soup and crackers for your local food pantries and soup kitchens. To register as a club go to the Home page http://www.kidscare.org/ and click on Register Now. Any questions, call toll free 1-866-269-0510.
Learning to Give Lessons
A single class-period lesson that focuses on making a difference in the community by advocating for peace and justice. These lessons include bonus Learning Links and Reflection Activities.
- Attributes of a Civil Society (9th Grade)
- Catch Her If You Can! (2nd Grade)
- Comics and Cartoons of a Civil Society (10th Grade)
- Compliments Can Change the World! (2nd Grade)
- Courage Comes In All Sizes (3rd Grade)
- Courage to Be You (7th Grade)
- Courageous Voices that Shook the Nation to Action
- Finding Our Bonds (4th Grade)
- I'm in a Tizzy! How Can I Help? (Kindergarten)
- Justice and Kindness Play a Part (8th Grade)
- Just-Us and Kindness: A Voice for Children (8th Grade)
- Just-Us and Kindness: On Our Terms (6th Grade)
- Looking Beyond First Impressions (5th Grade)
- Put Your Hands in Mine (6th Grade)
- Recognizing Our Similarities and Differences
- Reporting on an Ideal World (11th Grade)
- Rosa Parks (5th Grade)
- Sharing Compliments (1st Grade)
- Stand and Deliver for Justice and Diversity (10th Grade)
- Taking a Stand for the Good of Others (12th Grade)
- Talk the Talk, Walk the Walk (12th Grade)
- Treating Others as You Would Like to Be Treated
- Understanding Justice, Kindness and Tolerance
- Upon the Clouds of Equality (1st Grade)
- Wall of Philanthropists (7th Grade)
- Words Can Hurt (4th Grade)
Learning to Give Units
Multi-lesson service-learning units, correlated to state and national Common Core standards, to teach about peace, justice, and the importance of civic engagement for the common good.
- "Antsy" for Others
- Different! Diverse! Dynamic! (K-2)
- Dr. Martin Luther King, Junior - His Life, His Legacy
- Grow Involved K-2
- Kwanzaa: Unity Within Community
- Philanthropic Literature
- Sharing and Caring Across Generations
- Core Democratic Values in Action
- Different! Diverse! Dynamic! (3-5)
- Diverse Voices-African American Ventures
- Foundations and You
- Grow Involved 3-5
- Heroes and Their Impact
- How Did We Help?
- Inquiring Minds: News and Philanthropy
- Living History-An Intergenerational Philanthropy
- Philanthropy and You
- Time, Talent, Treasure, and Economics
- Why Do People Give?
- Art for the Common Good—Junkanoo!
- At the Core of Philanthropy—Democratic Values
- Communities in Crisis (6-8)
- Cultural Pluralism in Young Adult Literature—Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
- ECHO, ECHO, ECHO—Each Can Help Others
- Executive Branch—Gifts to the Future (The) (6-8)
- Global Philanthropy—The United Way
- Grow Involved 6-8
- Herstory in History
- Make the Connection! Core Democratic Values and Philanthropy
- Music of the Civil Rights Era, 1954-1968
- Philanthropy and Children Who Are Homeless
- Power of One—Everyday Heroes for the Common Good (The)
- Respecting DiversityThe Road To Tolerance
- Save a Drop For Me
- Setting the Stage for Service Learning Relationships
- Us vs. Them
- We Are One World
- Affirmative Action
- All for One
- Challenging Social Boundaries
- Communities in Crisis (9-12)
- Concepts of Leadership
- Creating Student-Generated Classroom Rules
- Dear Philanthropist
- For Goodness Sake, Why Don't We Give More Power to the People?
- Grow Involved 9-12
- Growing a Citizen
- How Prophet-able Are You?
- Majority RuleMinority Rights
- Private Resources for the Common Good
- Public Display of Art (PDA)
- Social Reformer—Jane Addams
- Sports Legends and Philanthropy—Jackie Robinson, Arthur Ashe, and Jackie Joyner-Kersee
- Using the Carter Center as an Example of Philanthropy Today—Local and Global Volunteerism
- Whose Job Is It?
- Women in Philanthropy
Profiles in Philanthropy
Informational Papers related to concepts of peace and civil rights:
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
- Wangari Maathai
- The Civil Rights Movement
- Teaching Tolerance
- Social Movement
- Henry David Thoreau
- Civic Responsibility
School Year Calendar
generationOn and Learning to Give are excited to offer a menu of resources to help you implement service-learning and philanthropy education into your school! View the generationOn School Year Calendar to discover more service opportunities.
Go to the Moments of Service homepage.