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.
February: Human Rights and Equality
It's always the right time to stand up for others. Help teach kids and teens to be aware of injustice in all forms, the importance of being an advocate and how to stop discrimination in its tracks.
Students will listen to a story that illustrates that although we have differences, we are also very similar. They will begin to understand the definitions of diversity and realize that focusing on the differences alone may cause conflict.
First impressions of people can often lead to misunderstandings and unfair treatment of others. Using photographs, this lesson raises awareness of our tendency to judge others based on the appearance of a person. Learners reflect on the value of diversity and the necessity for more tolerance.
Raise students' awareness of the importance of advocating for justice and kindness. The learners explore ways they can play a role in bringing about a positive change in their school, community, and world.
Learners explore and share their attitudes about diversity and issues of justice and kindness. The learners brainstorm ways that they can promote the common good by working to eliminate stereotyping, intolerance, discrimination, and prejudice.
January: Youth Changemakers
Kids and teens are our future! By making their mark on the world, they are capable of creating lasting change in their communities by being caring and compassionate! Martin Luther King, Jr. exemplified this ability for change through his work toward equality for all.
For lesson plans on tolerance and injustice, profiles on changemakers and much more, visit the our Martin Luther King, Jr. Day website.
December: Be a JoyMaker
There's so much more to the holidays than good deals and big presents. It's also a great time to volunteer your time to help those in need! Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year by teaching students the true meaning of the holidays and how giving back is an important part of our culture.
Empathy & Gratitude (K-12)
These lessons help students understand the importance of each member of the community, the definition of philanthropy, the needs to various groups, and the importance of advocacy for the common good.
Homelessness & Poverty (K-12)
These lessons introduce the concepts of hunger, homelessness and poverty and discuss varying elements of these issues in local communities at grade-appropriate levels.
Civil Society (K-12)
These lessons explain the history of the social sector and who civil society plays an integral role in the community, country and around the world.
More Lesson Plans
For lesson plans from previous months and subjects, visit the links below:
November: Military & Veterans
October: Bullying Prevention
August: Education & Literacy
July: Health & Wellness
June: Animal Welfare
May: Senior Citizens
April: Environment - Water
January: Human Rights and Social Justice
December 2015: Homelessness and Poverty
September 2015: Emergency Preparedness and Response
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.