Using literature as a starting point, the students will discuss the benefits of sharing and contributing for the common good. This unit can be used during read-aloud time each day. They will use the vocabulary of philanthropy and find ways that they can contribute to the community through sharing, giving back, and being open to diverse people. Students will discuss the relationship between good personal conduct/honesty and a civil society. And they will practice sharing in a situation where there is a scarcity of resources, specifically in a book drive.
By exploring the concepts and vocabulary of philanthropy, the students will be able to better understand what it means to help each other and be altruistic.
Focus Question: What can young people do to make the community a better place for all?
Seven 30-minute class periods, plus time to carry out a service project (book drive or other literacy project)
The learner will:
In this unit, students carry out a book drive or other service project related to literacy. The book drive has a theme of paying it forward. Students who donate or receive books read them, write their name on a sticker (inside front cover) and pass it on to someone else. The books are donated to a local agency that supports community literacy.
Students will demonstrate positive community behavior, such as sharing. They respond to literature in discussion and other activities.
Copy-and Paste Class/School Newsletter Information Insert:
Our students are learning what it means to be a philanthropist. A philanthropist is someone who gives time, talent, or treasures to someone. We are reading a variety of books that provide examples of caring for others, sharing, being unselfish, and working for others in the community. Our books will take us to faraway places and times and to the world of make-believe, but the lessons will be real. We can make a difference in the world with our kind acts and unselfish behavior.
We are organizing a book drive and donating books to a local charity that supports community literacy. Children may donate new or gently used books. Please look in your child's library together to find books suitable for donating to help the children recognize they have treasure they can share for the common good. You may also ask friends and colleagues for book donations for this project. During this unit, we discuss the importance of reading for individual success and the success of the community. Please encourage your child to read daily, and spend time each day reading with your child.
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Learning to Give
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