Character Education: Giving Back {Lesson Plans and Activities}

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After several years in the classroom, I realized that my students needed instruction on HOW to be kind, respectful, and all the things I was asking them to be. I developed these units to support teachers in teaching and rewarding great character in the classroom! Building a classroom community is one of the most important things teachers can do and it greatly impacts our students academically! This unit on GIVING BACK is part of a year-long curriculum for teaching students how to have great character! However, this unit could also be used as a stand-alone resource for teaching all about giving back in the classroom. :)

This packet includes many activities and lessons to teach your students all about giving back. It is project based and guides you through a charity project that your class can work on together! It includes 4 lesson plans, but your project could take more time depending on what you choose to do! :) Here is a breakdown of the lessons! :)

Lesson 1-What Does It Mean To Give Back?
Your class will read a fabulous picture book about a little girl who gives back and watches as her act of kindness travels across the whole world! Your students will reflect on the story and discuss WHY we give back and HOW we can give back like the girl in the story. Then students will draw and write about a way they want to give back. After the lesson, you'll look at the project ideas and think of a few choices to offer students in the following lesson.

Lesson 2-How Do We Want To Give Back?
Based on the ideas your students had in the previous lesson you will give your class a few project choices to choose from. You'll choose a few that would work for your classroom, but allow your class to vote on the perfect project for them. :) I have included a TON of resources, links, and ideas for possible projects to complete. After choosing a project, your class will come up with 4-5 action steps for the project.

Lesson 3-Work Days
This lesson provides an easy structure and discussion for having your students work to complete the project. Some projects, like making cards for veterans, could be completed in one setting. Other projects, like collecting coats for a coat drive, would take several weeks and students can work on advertising it, collecting donations, etc.

Lesson 4-How Does It Feel To Give Back?
After completing your class charity project, your students will complete a reflection journal about it. They'll draw and write about their feelings throughout the project and something they would like to do in the future.

This Resource Also Includes
-An Poem about Giving Back
-A Parent Letter to send home that explains how parents can support the unit
-How We Give Back/Why We Give Back flipbook
-Is It Generous cut/paste sort
-Think About It writing page where students read situations and think about how to help
-Dream Big page that has students draw and write about another charity project they would like to complete
-Class Project writing templates page to send home to parents
-Our Project writing page

This unit would make a great project to complete during the holidays or at any time you want your students to focus on the community around them! Students are involved in the entire process so they truly feel ownership of the project! No matter what situation your kiddos are on, giving back is sure to fill their little hearts with pride.

This unit is part of a BUNDLE that includes TEN units on character education. You can read more about each unit below!
Kindness
Fairness
Respect
Self-Control
Conflict Resolution

Responsibility
Empathy
Self-Awareness
Leadership

You can read more about this unit on my blog.
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1 Month

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Character Education: Giving Back {Lesson Plans and Activities}
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Character Education: Giving Back {Lesson Plans and Activities}
Character Education: Giving Back {Lesson Plans and Activities}
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