Students define philanthropy and identify health and safety issues they encounter in their community. They create a visual display showing issues of health and safety that are important to them.
One 45-Minute Class Period
The learner will:
Teacher note: Before the lesson, decide which visual aid you will use (puzzle or quilt; see Materials section above) and prepare the materials in advance. During the group time, clarify the amount of discussion time available (suggested: 5 minutes or longer).
Write the word philanthropy on the board. Explain to the students that philanthropy means giving of your time, talent and treasure for the common good. Show the short video "Philanthropy: It's Easier Done than Said" http://learningtogive.org/videos/what_is_phil_large.asp. After viewing, ask the students to explain what a philanthropist is in their own words. Ask them if they think they are or can be philanthropists. Tell students "In this unit, you are going to be philanthropists in your own comminity".
The students will be participating in creating a visual class display that will be hung up for the entire unit.
Students will use an "exit card" to write about which health or safety issue is the most important to them and why. Teachers will collect these to assess understanding.
Language Arts: Have students perform a "quick write" the next morning to briefly explain what they did in Lesson One. Students may share these with the class, if time permits.
Social Studies: Students may interview city officials or members of the extended community to find out what they believe the health and safety concerns are.
"What Is Philanthropy?" video. Learning to Give http://learningtogive.org/videos/what_is_phil_large.asp
Puzzle example. Teach This. http://www.teachthis.com.au/images/uploads/products/1277697048Jigsaw-Puzzle-Template.png
Lesson Developed By:Rachel Pacheco
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