The students explore different ways to earn and use money through a variety of children’s books. They also see that money gives decision-making power.
One Forty-Five Minute Class Period
The learners will:
- discuss different ways to earn money.
- list different uses for money (spend, save, donate, earn).
- identify choices that having money allows us.
- draw a picture of something that could benefit the common good.
- explain that money earned can be used to purchase things for the common good.
- differentiate between self-interest and philanthropy.
- give examples of how a philanthropist gives time, talent or treasure for the common good.
Start the class by saying, “Raise your hand if you like to get money.” Ask the students how they get money. Encourage them to think of all the sources of their personal money: allowance, selling items at a garage sale, gifts, etc. Ask if they have any ideas for making money. It is not necessary to write these ideas down—just a quick brainstorm. Tell them that they are going to set a goal for earning money in a class project this month.
Give students the assignment of asking their families to help them name companies that earn money and use some of their money selflessly to meet a need in the community —for the common good.
See Attachment One, Resources for All for further online resources related to money.
Lesson Developed By:Sandra Shirton
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