Thanks, Volunteers!

Thanks, Volunteers! lesson plan

Celebrate workers in one's school! Honor volunteers and staff with handmade certificates, medals, or ribbons. Let them know they’re appreciated.

  • 1.

    Ask students to look around their school to find volunteers—people who make your school a better place for learning without getting paid. You might find them on the playground, in the office, in the classroom, or in the media center. Volunteers also run organizations that raise money for the school. They may make snacks for a party or coordinate the book fair, too.

  • 2.

    Challenge students to think of ways they can thank all of these generous people for helping at school. Might they throw a party or make a poster to display in the hallway? Students plan an event with classmates.

  • 3.

    In addition to celebrations, volunteers can receive certificates, medals, or ribbons of THANKS made just for them. On a recycled file folder, students design a unique thank-you with Crayola® Erasable Colored Pencils.

  • 4.

    Color designs with Crayola Metallic Crayons. The metallic colors look so official! They work especially well to create shimmering borders, gold medals, silver ribbons, and original seals on certificates. These cool twist-up crayons work great on dark paper, too.

  • 5.

    Students compose thank you messages specifically for what the volunteer does. Be sure to include the person’s name, the school's name, and the date.

  • 6.

    Students cut out awards with Crayola Scissors. Attach sections together with Crayola Glue Sticks. Add a glittering touch with Crayola Glitter Glue. Air-dry awards.

Standards

  • LA: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher led) with diverse partners on grade level topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
  • LA: Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.
  • SS: Compare ways in which people from different cultures think about and deal with their physical environment and social conditions.
  • SS: Analyze a particular event to identify reasons individuals might respond to it in different ways.
  • VA: Intentionally take advantage of the qualities and characteristics of art media, techniques, and processes to enhance communication of experiences and ideas.
  • VA: Integrate visual, spatial, and temporal concepts with content to communicate intended meaning in artworks.
  • VA: Use subjects, themes, and symbols that demonstrate knowledge of contexts, values, and aesthetics that communicate intended meaning in artworks.

Adaptations

  • Encourage students to interview school volunteers, such as student aides, parent-teacher organization officers, etc. as they investigate the many people that make up their school community. Prior to the interviews, students work as a class to compose questions for the interviews. Word process student questions and provide a copy for each member of the class.
  • Students arrange an interview with their school's principal. Focus on his/her view of how volunteers help make the school a great place to learn. Student interviewers write an article for the school newspaper focused on school volunteers.
  • Hold a class or small groups discussion focused on a student-led volunteer project to help the school. Each student group may suggest a project and write a proposal outline. Have the class as a whole vote on which project to propose to the school's administration. Prior to asking permission to proceed with the project, students create a written plan to submit for approval.