Lesson Plans

Our group of teachers have put together a range of lesson plans to get you started and inspired!

Introduction to the 365give Challenge

Introduction to 365give Challenge – K to 7

Purpose

This lesson plan is to create a strong foundation upon which to build positive classroom and school culture by practicing daily giving. Students will learn through The 365give Challenge to work together as an effective team, how to take responsibility for their own actions, how to help others, animals and the environment.

Grade Level

Elementary K- 7

Tools

Books (Grades K – 3)
• The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstien
• Have You Filled Your Bucket Today? By Carol McCloud

Videos

Change the World in 5 Minutes – Every day at School (Grades K – 7)

Materials

• 1 piece of paper of paper per student
• Coloured pencils and writing pencil

Curriculum Framing Questions

On a white board or flip chart answer these questions with your class as guiding questions.

What is giving?
What examples of giving did we see from the story or video?
What has our school done to give?
Why do we give?
What positive effects does giving have on our school and community?

Procedure

• As a class discusses three ways you can give back to each other, your community or the world.
• Now have your students create one idea individually which they can document as a sentence or picture on a single sheet of paper.
• Have each student present their giving idea to the class.
• Collect all the ideas from each student.
• Discuss the ideas as a class and decide 5 gives that could be completed as a group over the course of 1 school week during The 365give Challenge.
• Save all the giving ideas to use for future weeks participating in the 365give Challenge.

Curriculum Subjects

Social Studies, Writing, English Language Arts, Health and Career, Visual Arts

Prescribed Learning Outcomes

Thinking, Communication, Personal & Social

Download Introduction to 365give Challenge K-7 as a PDF

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Book Swap

Book Swap

Purpose

Teaching students to protect the environment in unique and innovative ways will create an understanding of the impact they can have on the world we live in. A book swap empowers, motives and help students make positive choices for their education and the environment.

Daily Give

Environment: Reusing items no longer wanted or needed with others.
People: Learning the positive impact of sharing with others.

Grade level

Elementary K -7

Video Introduction: School Book Swap

Note: This Daily Give can be done with 1 or 2 classes or an entire school.

Materials

• 2 gently used books from each student.
• If you are holding a school wide book swap have one class prepare signs and separate books into age or class level categories.

Curriculum Framing Questions

On a white board or flip chart, write responses to the following guiding questions.

• Why do we need to help our environment / planet?
• What does it mean to reuse an item?
• What are 3 examples of items we can reuse?
• What are 3 ways we can reuse books?
• Why is it important to reuse books?

Procedure

• Ask students to bring in 2 gently used books they no longer want or have already read.
• Set a specific date for the book swap to ensure students remember to bring in their books.
• Based on the size of your class break your students into 3 groups.
• Group 1: Goes through the books and creates categories (ie: chapter books, adventure, fiction, non-fiction, comedy, educational) Sorting should be based on grade level.
• Group 2: Use pictures and / or words, this group creates signs for each category.
• Group 3: Have students count the number of books and display the books by category on a table.
• Determine, based on the total number of books donated, how many books each student can choose.

Curriculum Subjects

Writing, English Language Arts, Visual Arts

Prescribed Learning Outcomes

Thinking, Communication, Personal & Social

Download Book Swap Lesson Plan as a PDF

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Community Clean Up

Community Clean Up

Purpose

Teaching students to give the environment, local wildlife and to their community builds compassion, empathy and understanding of the world around them.

Daily Give

Garbage clean up to support the environment and local wildlife.

Grade level

Elementary K -7

Video Introduction

Materials

• 4 garbage bags (preferably biodegradable or reused plastic bags)
• Writing journal

Curriculum Framing Questions

On a white board or flip chart write responses to the following guiding questions.

• Why is it important to pick up garbage?
• What animals are affected by the garbage near waterways (ocean, rivers, lakes)?
• What animals are affected by garbage in parks, forests and your own backyard or school ground?
• How does garbage affect our planet?
• How does garbage affect people?
• What type of items can be recycled?

Procedure

• Plan one day where your class will go outside to pick up garbage. This can include the school ground, local park / beach or somewhere in the community.
• Ask students to remember 5 pieces of garbage they collect on your walking trip.
• Choose 4 – 5 students to be in charge of carrying the garbage bags.
• Spend 30 – 60 minutes picking up garbage.
• Return to the school with your garbage.
• Is there any garbage in the bags that can be recycled? (paper, plastic, cans etc.) If yes, sort and dispose of accordingly.
• Ask students to record, in their journals, 5 items they picked up during the clean up. These can be recorded with words or pictures based on the grade.
• Have each student present 1 item that stood out to and highlight what impact it can have on an animal, human or the planet.

Curriculum Subjects

Writing, English Language Arts, Health and Career, Visual Arts

Prescribed Learning Outcomes

Thinking, Communication, Personal & Social

Download the Community Clean Up Lesson Plan as a PDF

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Gratitude Notes and Letters

Gratitude Notes and Letters

Purpose

One of the simplest ways to teach children to give is through gratitude. Writing notes of gratitude to friends, family and community members will help students reach out to others to create healthy relationships in a positive manner.

Daily Give

People – Building relationships through appreciation of others

Grade level

Elementary K -7

Video Introduction on Gratitude as a Life Skill

Materials

• 1 piece of coloured paper per student
• Coloured pencils, markers or crayons
• Writing journal

Curriculum Framing Questions

On a white board or flip chart answer these questions with your class as guiding questions.

• What does it mean to be grateful?
• What are some of the things you are grateful for in your life?
• Who are some of the people you are grateful for in your life?
• Why?

Procedure

• Have students write 5 people or groups of people they are grateful for in their life.
• Older students can include the reason why.
• Have students choose 1 person from their list.
• Ask each students share with the class who that person is and why they are grateful for them.
• Have your students design a card with a picture on the front and message inside the card on why they are grateful to this person.
• Younger students can create a message with their teacher on a white board or chalk board. Have students copy the message into their card.
• Ask the students deliver the cards of gratitude personally to the group or individual.

Curriculum Subjects

Writing, English Language Arts, Health and Career, Visual Arts

Prescribed Learning Outcomes

Thinking, Communication, Health & Career, Personal & Social

Download the Gratitude Notes and Letters Lesson Plan as a PDF

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Notes of Kindness

Notes of Kindness

Purpose

Being happy and positive helps growing minds thrive. Teach your students to use positive language and make others happy with their kind words and pictures.

Daily Give

• Making People Happy
• Recycling

Grade Level

Elementary K -7

Video Introduction: Leaving People Notes

Materials

• Paper that can be recycled from old cards, wrapping, art, ect.
• Coloured pencils, markers and/ or crayons
• Tape
• Writing Journals for Grades 4 – 7

Curriculum Framing Questions

On a white board or flip chart, write responses to the following guiding questions.

• What does it mean to be kind to others?
• How does it feel when someone says something nice to you?
• What are some nice things that have been said to you?
• What are nice things you have said to others?

Procedure

• Watch Introduction Video

Grades K – 3
• As a class create a list of 10 words or short sentences that are positive and kind to say to others.
• As a class, choose 5 friendly happy images you can draw to make someone smile.
• Using the recycled paper, ask the students make small shapes (squares, hearts, circles).
• Have each student create 2 messages – one written by copying the words you created as a group and one with a happy image.
• Place a piece of tape on each note.
• Have the students walk around the school posting their notes in places other students, staff and parents will see them. Examples: Washroom stalls doors and mirrors, staff room door, school entrances, water fountains, etc.

Grades 4 – 7
• Divide students into groups of 4.
• Empower students to create 8 kind messages within their group.
• Have students present their messages to the class.
• Using the recycled paper have students make small shapes (squares, hearts, circles)
• Have each student write 2 messages on their cut notes.
• Place a piece of tape on each note.
• Have the students walk around the school posting their notes in places other students, staff and parents will see them. Examples: Washroom stall doors and mirrors, staff room door, entrances to the school, water fountains, etc.

Curriculum Subjects

Writing, English Language Arts, Health and Career, Visual Arts

Prescribed Learning Outcomes

Thinking, Communication, Personal & Social

Download the Notes of Kindness Lesson Plan as a PDF

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