The Benefits of Giving

The Benefits of Giving

Lesson 2 of 3 in this unit

  • Primary
  • Year 5 - 6
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Health
  • Social
  • Human Rights
  • Social Action
  • Social and Emotional Learning
  • ...

Lesson summary

Students will analyse how the behaviour of compassionate giving positively influences the wellbeing of individuals. Students engage in thought experiments and discussions exploring ethical dilemmas and societal values, resulting in the development of a shared moral code.

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • understand the benefits and challenges of compassionate giving and investigate the impact of charitable giving by reflecting on their own choices and the needs of others.

Success criteria:

Students can...

  • recognise ethical dilemmas and consider their implications
  • investigate the concept of compassionate action and its impact on society
  • develop a shared moral code that represents their collective values and principles.

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Lesson details


This lesson is designed to build students’ competencies in the following skills:

  • creative thinking
  • critical thinking
  • empathy
  • global citizenship

Curriculum Mapping

Australian Curriculum (v9.0) content description:

  • Analyse how behaviours influence the health, safety, relationships and wellbeing of individuals and communities (AC9HP6P10)

Relevant parts of Year 5 & 6 HPE achievement standards: Students analyse health information to refine strategies to enhance their own and others’ health, safety, relationships and wellbeing.

NSW Syllabus outcomes: PD3-7

General capabilities: Critical and Creative ThinkingEthical UnderstandingPersonal and Social Capability

UN Sustainable Development Goals

UN SDG 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere

  • Target 1.1: By 2030, eradicate extreme poverty for all people everywhere, currently measured as people living on less than $1.25 a day.

Resources Required

  • Device capable of sharing audio-visual material
  • Individual writing materials

Additional Info

This lesson has been developed with the support of The Life You Can Save.

The Life You Can Save conducts research to identify non-profits running highly impactful programs that address the multiple dimensions of poverty. They also help connect people who want to donate money and resources with these non-profits to maximise the impact of their gifts. They aim to create a world where everyone has an opportunity to build a better life and where there’s no suffering or death due to extreme poverty. The Life You Can Save was founded by Melbourne-born Peter Singer, widely recognised as one of the world’s most influential contemporary philosophers, to advance the ideas in his 2009 book The Life You Can Save: Acting Now to End World Poverty (republished 2019). Since then, they’ve worked to introduce the ideas from Professor Singer’s book to new audiences, inspiring people to help others experiencing poverty around the world and empowering them to make the greatest impact possible.

Related Professional Development

Ethical Understanding in the Australian Curriculum v9

Explore how to teach the General Capability of Ethical Understanding as of version 9 of the Australian Curriculum. Learn what Ethical Understanding involves and how to incorporate ethics into your regular teaching.

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