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Teaching Giving In The Classroom With A Reverse Advent Calendar

Looking for unique and fun ways to teaching giving in your classroom? The countdown to the holiday season has arrived and creates a great opportunity to teach giving in your classroom! Children are making their wish list of what they want to “get” but what about their list of what they will “give” this year. The needs in our world are big at every turn. We can all do something to bring a smile to the world around us and be the change we want to see in the world.

We have a great idea for teachers this holiday day season that will engage children in a Global Citizenship project and strengthen their Social Emotional Learning development.

It’s based on the traditional Advent Calendar but reversed. Instead of getting something each day the students take turns giving something each day. They can choose to give to people, animals, or the planet. Getting started with a Reverse Advent Calendar is as easy as 1,2,3.

Step 1 – Choose How the Students Would Like to Give

Have a class discussion around giving, compassion and kindness. Talk about different ways you could create positive change in our world this holidays season. Empower your students to choose how they want to give. Spend some time researching and sharing ideas that are relevant to where you live in the world. Have the students collaborate to discuss ideas and share with the class. Find out what really matters to your students. We have a few ideas to get everyone going.

People Give Reverse Advent Calendar

Sock / Hat / Gloves Drive for the Homeless

Adopt-A-Family for Christmas (google search your local area)

Holiday Cards for Seniors

Download A Reverse Advent Calendar that focuses on People Gives

Animal Give Reverse Advent Calendar

A Box of donated items for a Animal Shelter

Make Bird Feeders

Adopt an Animal with Earth Rangers (

Download a Reverse Advent Calendar that focuses on Animal Gives

Planet Give Reverse Advent Calendar

Make eco holiday gifts for a family member

Decorate plain brown craft paper to make holiday wrapping paper

Commit to one small act of giving to the planet every day (see our calendar ideas for the planet)

Download a Reverse Advent Calendar that focuses on Planet Gives

Step 2 – Create a Schedule and Visual Plan

Download our blank Reverse Advent Calendar and make a plan who will give each day. You may need to change dates based on the number of students and your classrooms holiday schedule.

You may want to make a dedicated box or a creative display for your classroom or the whole school. If creating your own giving suggestions is too much for your class, just download one of our completed Reverse Advent Calendars!

Download A Blank Reverse Advent Calendar and start adding your gives!

Step 3 – Watch the Happiness Grow

This is a great time for teachers to do an emotional check in and reflection with your students. Emotional learning takes time and reinforcement. We know giving and teaching giving to our students makes us all feel happier and helping students become aware of their feelings will help grow the happiness every day in the classroom.

  • How did the giving make them feel?
  • What collective impact did they make on the world?
  • How did they make others feel?

Cultivating a daily habit of giving in the classroom by teaching giving is a great way to end 2021 and start a new giving habit for the New Year. Growing the good in the classroom with also grow happy, compassionate, and cooperative students that care about each other and their community. What a wonderful gift for the world!

Join us in 2022 as a classroom with your free 365give classroom membership. Giving isn’t just for the holidays season but every day of the year.


What people are saying about 365give

“I wanted to express my gratitude for the teaching you provided today. Your message was delivered eloquently, compassionately, and without judgment. The kids were engaged, and now have knowledge with which they can change the world. We all appreciated how you took the time to help us learn to build positive mindsets and practice happiness.”
Shelley Gardner, Grade 6 Ridgeview Elementary (West Vancouver)
“Actions really do speak louder than words, which is why I believe the 365give Challenge has resonated throughout my community. Every give we do is so important to us and leaves us happier and appreciating our lives a little bit more than before.”
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“After watching the 365give TEDx Talk, I was inspired to join and begin a daily giving program in India. Today, along with 12 other volunteer women, we provide 100 meals to local underprivileged children in Bangalore for school every day.”
Deepika Ahuja, Mom (Bangalore, India)
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“This 365give Challenge has really injected excitement and extra enthusiasm in each work day as I think about what we can do. It has motivated me and the students.”
Cristina Peters, School Counselor (New York City, USA)
“I have seen a huge shift in energy throughout my classroom since doing the 365give Challenge. The Challenge has empowered my students to make a positive difference in the school’s community and beyond.”
Cella Adriana, Special Needs Educator /The Holliswood School (New York City, USA)
“The 365give Challenge helps students understand their impact on others. It opens avenues for introducing and discussing global and local issues in classrooms. It is powerful to watch students of all ages think about how they can make a change in another person’s life with one small act.”
Jessica Hall, Primary Teacher, French Immersion at École Pauline Johnson (West Vancouver, Canada)