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.  

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

September: Kindness

August: Education & Literacy

July: Health & Wellness

June: Animal Welfare

May: Senior Citizens

April: Environment - Water 

March: Hunger

February: Literacy

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.