This lesson introduces learners to opportunities to respond to a natural disaster. The lesson will introduce vocabulary terms spend, save, and donate. The students learn the definition of philanthropy (giving time, talent and treasure, and taking action for the common good) as well as explore reasons why people choose to donate. As a class, they will discuss and sing the song "What is a Philanthropist?"
Length of the Project Dependent on Teacher Preference
The learner will:
The learners collect donations for disaster relief by acting as advocates for the cause to their families and school community. They choose a relief organization(s) through which they contribute to the specific disaster relief.
Teacher Note: The majority of the relief organizations are requesting help through monetary donations. The logistics of making a financial donation are by far the least complicated for the teacher/school and for the aid agency. If your class/school wishes to collect other items such as blankets, new toys, personal hygiene products, diapers, etc., be sure to consult, in advance of any collection, with organizations about what is really needed. Find out in advance how the items will be collected, stored and transported to the relief agency or shelter.
The instructional procedure for this lesson is written assuming that money will be collected. If the student/teacher choice is to collect items, research about the organizations should be done first so that the specific item needed can be determined before any collecting begins.
Ask the students "If you had $10, what would you do with the money?" Ask students if they ever receive money as gifts for holidays and special occasions or if they earn money through doing jobs. Discuss with students what they usually do with their own money. Tell the students that today they are going to learn about choices children and adults have in making decisions about what to do with their money.
Save: a. to put by as a store or reserve (part of an allowance each week); to accumulate, hoard or make larger.
b. to put aside for a particular purpose or occasion (a favorite shirt for a special day or some candy to share with a friend).
Spend: a. to pay out, trade money for goods, use money freely.
b. to make use of, employ.
c. to exhaust or wear out by use or activity.
Donate: a. to make a free gift or a grant of; contribute esp. to a charitable cause (money for a soup kitchen, food pantry, or a faith organization) or toward a public-service institution (a business donated a site for a park).
Day Three and beyond
Assess student pictures and writing for understanding of philanthropy, and themselves as philanthropists. Look for evidence of awareness of the important contribution they have made to the relief effort.
Send home a note introducing the project and explaining how you will be collecting money or items to donate to a charitable cause (See Attachment Two: Letter to Families and Caregivers).
To learn more about disaster preparedness, and specifically hurricanes, visit the FEMA for Kids web site at http://www.fema.gov/kids/. This web site has activities, raps and information for students about understanding natural disasters and things they can do to help their family prepare.
Chin, Karen. Sam and the Lucky Money. Lee and Low Books (reprint edition), 1997. ISBN: 1880000539
FEMA for Kids web site at http://www.fema.gov/kids/
Lesson Developed By:Barbara Dillbeck
Use this song for younger children. Older students may choose to do their own adaptation of a familiar melody, or create an original rap explaining the concept.
Adapted by Tracey Fritz
From the K-2 Learning to Give unit "Let’s Make Lemonade"
Sing to the tune of "Are You Sleeping?"
Teacher: What is a philanthropist?
Students: What is a philanthropist?
Teacher: Do you want to know?
Students: Yes, I want to know!
Teacher: It’s giving of your time,
And your treasure,
For the common good.
Students: For the common good.
Second time through teacher and students switch parts to allow the students a chance to sing the definition.
Our class is learning about being philanthropists. A philanthropist can be anyone, of any age, who gives of his/her time, talent and treasure, and takes action for the common good. The lesson encourages students to think about choices people make with their own resources. We will learn the differences between spending, saving and donating. Our focus will be on how young people can contribute to disaster relief.
The project involves collecting money to donate to well-established and respected relief organizations. We may choose an organization recommended from the U.S. governments Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Web site or we may choose a local organization.
The children may use money from their own personal banks, earn money by doing some extra jobs, or by enlisting help from family members and friends of the family. This is not meant to be a major donation, but something from the hearts and generosity of the students. Spend time with your child talking about where they can get some small change for this project. Please do not send your child door to door. The money that our class gathers until the date of _____________ will be collected in one large classroom bank. We will practice our math skills by sorting and counting the money, and the class will come to a consensus as to how it will be donated. Feel free to talk to your child about your ideas about the organizations included on the FEMA Web site.
Please talk with your child about the following vocabulary words and concepts:
Philanthropy: giving or sharing of time, talent or treasure, and taking action for the common good.
Spend: using money for immediate needs or wants.
Save: keeping for future needs or wants.
Donate: to make a gift of money, time or talent.
Community: a group of people that work, live or gather together for a purpose.
Consensus: when a group comes to an agreement.
Charity: money or help given to aid the needy.
Thank you for your support!
A haiku poem is a "picture poem" that doesn’t rhyme, and it has three lines with 17 beats:
Line 1 has 5 beats
Line 2 has 7 beats
Line 3 has 5 beats
Too much water, wind
Crashing on all the people.
From afar, we help.
A cinquain is a five-line poem that does not rhyme and is set up like this:
Line 1 is a single word (usually a noun)
Line 2 has two words (usually 2 adjectives)
Line 3 has three words (usually verbs ending in –ing)
Line 4 has a descriptive 4-word phrase
Line 5 is a single word (usually a synonym for the first word or repeats it)
Sharing, caring, empowering
Helps our global community
Adapted from the Learning To Give unit "Philanthropy - A Day at the Beach" at www.learningtogive.org/lessons/unit85
To investigate a relief organization or a local organization, fill in its purpose or mission statement, objectives and accomplishments. Use the organization’s own Web site or go to http://www.Guidestar.org as your source of information.
Purpose or Mission Statement
Name of Organization : _______________________________________
Un poema haiku es un "poema con imágenes" que no rima y tiene tres líneas con 17 sílabas:
Adaptada de la Unidad “Filantropía – Un Día en la Playa” de Learning To Give en www.learningtogive.org/lessons/unit85
Para investigar una organización de asistencia humanitaria o una organización local, escriba su propósito o declaración de misión, sus objetivos y sus logros o éxitos. Use el sitio Web de la organización o visite el sitio http://www.Guidestar.org para usar como fuente de información.
Propósito o Declaración de Misión
Logros o Exitos
Sitios Web para Guiar Esfuerzos de Asistencia en Emergencias
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