A Community of Givers (lesson 3 of 3)
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A Community of Givers (lesson 3 of 3)

Lesson Summary:

In this lesson, the students are empowered to explore charities related to their own interests and make an impact of their own. Students research different charitable organizations and choose one to represent in a creative way at a tzedakah fair. The students invite family and community members to the fair to raise awareness about the charities that mean the most to them. Visitors learn about the different charities and have the opportunity to contribute while at the fair or on their own using information provided by the students.

This lesson is part of a unit called "Opening Our Hearts and Hands to Others" from www.LearningToGive.org, a resource that offers philanthropy education resources that teach giving and civic engagement. 

Unit Purpose:
Using traditional Jewish texts as a basis, students explore the concept of tzedakah (charity). Students are engaged in acts of tzedakah (charity) for the good of the communities to which they belong.

Focus Questions: Why is tzedakah important for the giver and the receiver? How can I be involved in tzedakah?

The other lessons in this unit are:
Giving Is Getting
Tzedakah Begins At Home


The learner will:

  • read about children who have made a difference.
  • research a charity related to his/her own interests.
  • plan a project to raise money, supplies, and/or awareness for the charity of his/her choice.
  • prepare a presentation about the project/issue of his/her choice.
  • carry out a school-wide tzedakah (charity) fair to teach others about their project.

Be Inspired:The ideas included are offered as starting points as you and your students explore, discover and live the lessons. Be sure to elicit and encourage student and parent participation, consistently reinforcing the value being addressed. Allow lessons to authentically develop and change based on engagement and interests.

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Materials and resourcesmore


Stories about children who have raised money, supplies, or awareness about an issue. (see Bibliographical References) Copies of worksheet Attachment One: We Can Do It! for each student
Copies of worksheet Attachment Two: A Biblical Command to Give for each student
Copies of worksheet Attachment Three: Tzedakah Fair Planning Guide for each student
Variety of resources about charitable organizations (see Bibliographical References)
Tables, chairs, project boards, etc. for fair displays
Tzedakah boxes (one per table)


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Lesson Contributors

Lesson from: learningtogive.org, a resource that offers philanthropy education resources that teach giving and civic engagement. This lesson plan offers a guide to using several folktales and parables to extend student understanding about giving and gratitude.

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