Try This Lesson To Teach Your Class About Charitable Giving

With a fun poster activity!

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Flat lay of poster from Charitable Giving lesson

As we work on social-emotional skills with our students, a natural connection to financial literacy is the importance of giving back. This “Make a Difference” lesson for grades 3-5 serves as a nice introduction to charitable giving. It’s all part of our Adventures in Math resource center!

What’s in the “Make a Difference” lesson?

This lesson is divided into two parts:

Part 1—Pick a Charity: Invite students to brainstorm local, national, and global problems that people face (e.g., bullying, hunger, natural disasters), as well as a list of charitable organizations that help make the world a better place. They’ll be choosing from that list for the next activity.

Part 2—Keeping Records: For their chosen charity, each student will create a colorful, persuasive poster with a particular fundraising idea (e.g., bake sale, walkathon, etc.). Each student will present what their goal was, who the charity is, why people should help their selected charity, what they want people to do, and how people can participate.


  • Develop an understanding of personal financial literacy, including saving and charitable giving.
  • Participate in group discussions.
  • Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
  • Communicate mathematical ideas, reasoning, and relationships.
  • Apply mathematics to solve problems arising in everyday life.
  • Analyze information, formulate a plan or strategy, determine a solution, justify the solution, and evaluate the problem-solving process and the solution.

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