# Charity Begins at School

JRDAssist
Middle School and High School Teacher

Pairs of students will design, plan, and create an imaginary fundraiser for a charitable organization.

## Length of Time: 3-4 Class Periods

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### Common Core Alignment

CCSS.Math.Content.HSF.LE.A.2 - Construct linear and exponential functions, including arithmetic and geometric sequences, given a graph, a description of a relationship, or two input-output pairs (include reading these from a table).

## Objectives & Outcomes

The students will be able to analyze the needs of a charitable organization, and then design and plan an imaginary and creative event/program to raise funds for the organization.

## Materials Needed

Access to the Internet or other resources to research charitable organizations, display boards, Power Point program or other needs for students’ classroom presentations

Prepare ahead of time:  Example of recent fundraisers held by charities to raise money for various needs.

## Procedure

### Opening to Lesson

• As students walk into the classroom, the teacher will hold out a container asking students for small donations for a charity. (Tell each student to remember what they give.  This is in order to return the money later.)
• Ask students how they feel about charitable giving and if any of them have ever been involved in a fundraiser, even by volunteering or giving.
• Allow responses and discuss the different events.

### Body of Lesson

#### Modeling

• Display some of the events the students mention
• Ask students which of the events would probably raise the least or most amount of funds
• Ask students which one sounds like the most or least fun
• Allow for responses. Tell students they will be creating a fundraising event.

#### Guided Practice

• Distribute the prepared rubric for the assignment
• Assign students in pairs.
• Go over the rubric checklist and answer any questions students may have about it
• Tell students the fundraiser can last no longer than 3 days, but must last at least one day.
• The students will then use the Internet or other resources to choose a real charitable organization to discover their needs.
• The students must decide on a fundraising goal and time frame
• Encourage students to be creative with their ideas
• Next, the students will spend time designing and planning a fundraiser to reach the goal.
• The students must create equations for number of participants expected, donated money, etc., and how the goal will be accomplished
• The expenses must also be considered, volunteers needed, etc.
• Communication of the fundraiser to possible participants
• Finally, the students will be required to present all information, ideas, and other data to the class during a presentation

#### Independent Practice

• For homework, have students write a short essay about the experience, what they learned and why it is important to plan ahead for events such as fundraisers.

### Closing

Allow students to share some of their homework responses.  Ask students what some of the obstacles might be in having fundraisers.

## Assessment & Evaluation

Rubrics to determine the students included the details needed in planning the event, presentation, etc.

## Modification & Differentiation

Students do the research individually or in larger groups.  Use local charitable organizations.  Allow the class to pick the best fundraiser and follow through with it as a school event.  Have students write letters to the charitable organization outlining the idea.  Increase or decrease the time limit of the event.

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