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Changeable Fundraising Container

Bring attention to good causes with an awesome fundraising container. Turn the container into a reusable surface with clear plastic adhesive and use Crayola® Dry-Erase Crayons to draw and write on it over and over again.

  • Grade 3
    Grade 4
    Grade 5
  • 60 to 90 Minutes
  • Directions

    1. Measure and cut a large piece or two regular size pieces of Crayola® Construction Paper to fit around a cylinder-shaped, recycled container. Glue the construction paper to the recycled container with a Crayola® Glue Stick.
    2. Cut out additional pieces of construction paper shapes and a long strip to track funds. Use a glue stick to attach these pieces to the recycled container covered with construction paper.
    3. Use a Crayola® marker to add details: writing labels, dashes, lines or dots.
    4. Measure and cut a piece of clear plastic adhesive paper. Peel off the back and carefully place it around the exterior of the decorated recycled container. Smooth out any air bubbles.
    5. Measure and cut a piece of construction paper to fit the top of the lid and attach it with a glue stick. Cover the construction paper on the lid with a piece of clear plastic adhesive.
    6. Use Crayola® Dry-Erase Crayons to draw and write on the outside of the container. It’s reusable too, just use the E-Z Erase Mitt to wipe off the dry-erase crayon and start over again.
  • Standards

    LA: Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.

    LA: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.

    LA: Report on a topic or text or present an opinion, sequencing ideas logically and using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.

    LA: Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, using formal English when appropriate to the situation.

    SS: Explore and describe similarities and differences in the ways groups, societies, and cultures address similar human needs and concerns.

    SS: Identify and describe ways family, groups, and community influence the individual's daily life and personal choices.

    VA: Intentionally take advantage of the qualities and characteristics of art media, techniques, and processes to enhance communication of experiences and ideas.

    VA: Select and use the qualities of structures and functions of art to improve communication of ideas.

  • Adaptations

    Classroom resource: The Lemonade Ripple: An Adventure in Philanthropy by Paul Reichert; PHILANTHROPY ... A Big Word for Big-Hearted People by Jan Helson and Rachel Annette Helson

    What is philanthropy? Have students investigate definitions for the term and translate into their own words. Ask students if they have ever participated in a fund-raising event and, if so, who or what they were raising the money for. List these institutions in the classroom for all to view. If time permits, ask children to investigate their community and find signs of other events that are raising funds for a cause. Document these on the class list.

    Students review newspaper articles, traditional and online, which demonstrate modern-day philanthropy. Collect these in a class learning center for review and small group discussion.

    Encourage students to participate in a class philanthropy project. Ask students to determine the charity of choice and set parameters for project. Students may want to ask parents to assist with this project, as well as other school personnel. Set up a class blog where students may comment on a regular basis about the progress of their fund-raising project. At the close of the project, students compose a class letter to accompany their gift to the charity of choice.


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