Ruth-Anne asks:

Seeking books that teach about giving, being a global citizen and helping others with a "hand up". Target age: 6-12.

We use the award winning children's book, "ONE HEN" by Katie Smith Milway to teach elementary school kids about the power of a small loan to help a young boy in Ghana start a business raising chickens & selling eggs at the local market. Based on a true story - the book provides many learning moments for kids to develop a world view - learn about Ghana, understand a little bit about poverty and recognize that via a small business one can improve one's life. Kids can be encouraged to start a small business (lemonade stand or other things), and then donate their profits to real African entrepreneurs featured The site includes many educational & interactive games plus lessons/tools for teachers and parrents.  Would love to know if there are similar books out there that could help us teach kids about the world, helping the poor, and philanthropy.
In Topics: Volunteering and citizenship
> 60 days ago



Allyn Anderson
Oct 3, 2009
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There is a great movie that conveys the message you are interested in sharing. Although it is rated for older children, many students have seen it at home or at a friend's house. You can bring it up in discussions. It shows how just three small actions by one middle school student changed a much larger community. As a middle school teacher, I believe it helps students realize the power of a single act of kindness.

The movie is called Pay It Forward, and is about a 12-year-old Trevor McKinney who believed in the goodness of human nature. He attempts to make the world a better place after his teacher gives him that chance, and he succeeds.  Rated PG-13

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lravidlearner , Teacher, Parent writes:
Although it is not a book, I have used a great interactive game in the classroom called <a href=""><b>FreeRice</b></a>, sponsored by the World Food Programme, to help kids learn about wold hunger and what they can do to help.

FreeRice is a set of interactive questions on a variety of subjects and grade levels.  Each question the child answers correctly earns 20 grains of rice contributed to the WFP to help refugees and others in need.  

At the bottom of web page is a link for students and teachers that provides articles, student activities and lesson ideas.

I've used the activity in reading centers with elementary age students.  They kept a log in their journals of how much rice they contributed to the program.  They researched how many grains of rice in a serving, and how many meals they were able to provide over the course of the school year.  We watched a video from the site of the rice being distributed.

FreeRice provides a great nexus of learning and giving.

More world awareness interactives for kids can be found on at the link below.

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Development... writes:
Thanks for reaching out to  We can suggest two non-profit organizations that have numerous resources to help you:  Youth Service America and Parents' Choice Foundation (recommended books and educational games).  I hope you find these resources helpful.

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