Lesson Plan Title : What Would You Do With a Pot of Gold

Age Range: Grade 3 through grade 5 (Elementary)

Overview and Purpose: Students learn about philanthropic giving in this activity. They are told that a leprechaun will share his gold with them, but they may not keep any of it. Students draw a picture showing the way that they would use their money to help others.

Objective: The student will be able to draw a picture showing how he would spend the money he got from a pot of gold.


Drawing paper

Crayons/markers/colored pencils

Various pictures of philanthropic ideas


Explain to your students that a Leprechaun has agreed to share his gold with them. However, there is a catch. They cannot spend any of the money on themselves or their family or friends. They must give it all away. Share with them some of the pictures showing what others have done by donating money. Discuss the pictures and ask them if they have any other ideas about how the money can be spent. Encourage them to be creative and tell them that they can't just donate the money to a currently established organization like the Red Cross; they have to use an original idea. Have them draw a picture showing who they would give their money to and how they would want it to be used.

Wrap Up:

If students are having trouble coming up with an idea have them use the principles of an established organization but come up with a creative way to spend their money. An example would be they could donate their money to Habitat for Humanity so they can buy toys and furniture for the children's rooms.