1. Explain the introductory story about Mrs. Wilson and the money raised for the war effort to the students. (If possible, have a volunteer from the community come in to the class and speak about what it means to be a volunteer.)
2. Ask students to come up with ideas where they can help someone or an organization in need. If needed, allow students to search the World Wide Web to obtain ideas. (An option is to do something at the school that students, staff, and parents could get involved in during the day.)
3. Assist students in planning an activity where they, as individuals or as a group, can volunteer a day or more. You may want to involve parents in this activity.
4. Have students write or type a one-page paper explaining what they did, how they felt and if they would volunteer their time in the future.
5. Have students explain to the class what they chose to do and why.
- Gould, L.L. (1996). American first ladies: Their lives and their legacy. New York, New York: Garland Publishing.
This lesson was developed by Marian Maxfield, Kent State University