From Angel Trees to extra zzz's . . .
At this time of year people think of giving to their favorite charity or to others in need. And those gifts don't have to be monetary. For example, tell students that if they let their parents get some extra zzz's by letting them sleep in, that would be a nice gift! Or if they do something to help someone, it is also a great gift. During the holiday season, all over town you can find Angel Trees. Check out the video below if you students aren't familiar with Angel Trees.
Ask students what happens when you help someone. Ask why they think people give to charity. Tell students that they should always research charities before they donate. There are Naughty and Nice lists for charities; check out the Tampa Bay Times "Naughty" list of questionable charities and their special reports on the Worst Charities in America before you decide to give.
SS.4.FL.2.3 Identify some of the ways that people spend a portion of their income on goods and services in order to increase their personal satisfaction or happiness. Identify some ways people spend money to help others through charity.
SS.8.FL.2.5 Discuss the fact that people may revise their budget based on unplanned expenses and changes in income. After watching the Paper Angels video clip, have students discuss how people may change their holiday shopping budget if they find a reputable charity.
SS.912.FL.2.6 Explain that people may choose to donate money to charitable organizations and other not-for-profits because they gain satisfaction from donating. Discuss ways in which people can contribute goods or services for charity.
Deborah Kozdras, Ph.D.