Featured Lesson Plans

Looking for ideas for your service-learning projects?  generationOn's curriculum partner, Learning to Give, provides over 1,600 common core and state-standard aligned philanthropy education lesson plans to inspire K-12 educators.  Search LTG to educate students as philanthropists (people who give time, talent, and treasure for the common good), give a meaningful start to the service-learning process, and find lessons that infuse civic purpose into academic subjects.  

Check back each month to find lesson plans tailored to generationOn's monthly service themes.

May: Senior Citizens

Poetry for the Common Good (K-2) 

Students find poetry everywhere: lyrics to songs, commercials and rap. They identify philanthropic themes found in poetry. Students also write poems with philanthropic themes. Sharing their poems with senior citizens is an act of philanthropy.

The Joy of Friends (3-5)

This lesson guides students to pursue an intergenerational friendship. Through literature, students also recognize the joy of sharing time, talent, and/or treasure--something kind and unexpected-with people about whom they care. Through literature students recognize the richness of developing friendships with people of a different generation. They also discuss making false assumptions from first impressions.

Who Wants to Be an Octogenarian? (6-8)

Learners create a questionnaire as a needs assessment tool to determine the roles of senior citizens in their community during World War II. Learners interview the seniors at a local seniors' residence to obtain primary source information. Compiled information will be presented with presentation software and written accounts of residents' remembrances of World War II.

Time Traveler: Intergenerational Interviews (9-12)

Students study and create oral histories of people who have experienced previous events in history and share this knowledge with others. Focus questions: What can we learn about history by listening to the stories of others? How have others demonstrated service for the common good?

April: Environment

Beneficial Bees (All Grades)

Students explore bees as pollinators and learn about reasons their population numbers have been declining in recent years.

Lunchroom Recycling Plan (All Grades)

Learn about the types of materials that can be recycled and how to reduce waste in the school lunchroom.  

Community Clean-Up (All Grades)

Students learn about the goals of Earth Day and identify areas in town that need clean-up or planting.

Quiet Contamination of our Waters (All Grades)

Students learn about the toxic ingredients in personal care products. 

For more resources related to these lessons, the environment and Earth Day, visit learningtogive.com/teachone.

More Lesson Plans

For lesson plans from previous months and subjects, visit the links below:

Human Rights & Equality (February 2017)

Youth Changemakers/Martin Luther King (January 2017)

Be a Joymaker (December)

Military & Veterans (November)

Bullying Prevention (October)

Kindness (September 2016)

Education & Literacy (August)

Health & Wellness (July)

Animal Welfare (June)

Senior Citizens (May 2016)

Environment - Water (April 2016)

Hunger (March 2016)

Literacy (February 2016)

Human Rights and Social Justice (January 2016)

Homelessness and Poverty (December 2015, March 2017)

Emergency Preparedness and Response (September 2015)

Teaching philanthropy (private citizen action for the common good) is central to the mission of schools and critical to the survival of our democracy. We teach students that they are part of something bigger than themselves. They learn why citizens contribute to the greater good and why students have the same responsibility.

For more academic service-learning lesson plans infused with philanthropy education, search the Learning to Give lesson database by grade-level, academic area, standards, and topics.