Giving is Getting (lesson 1 of 3)
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Giving is Getting (lesson 1 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, 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:
Tzedakah Begins at Home
A Community of Givers


The learner will:

  • define tzedakah.
  • study traditional Jewish texts regarding tzedakah (charity).
  • exchange gifts with classmates.
  • reflect upon the benefits of giving to others.

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.

Lesson Plan Components

For the educatorJewish Thought, Text, and Traditionsmore

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Materials and resourcesmore


Variety of art supplies for making “gifts” (tissue paper, pipe cleaners, pom-poms, clay, beads, markers, paint, etc.)
Two boxes for drawing names
Student copies of Attachment One: Jewish Texts Relating to Tzedakah
Copy of Attachment Two: Answers to Questions
Handout 1: Jewish Texts Relating to Tzedakah
Handout 2: Answers to Questions


Explore, Discover, and More Extension and Reinforcement Activitiesmore

Music Connectionsmore

List of All Songs

Songs about Tzedakah:


Lesson Contributors

Lesson from:, 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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