Intro – 4th – Harper

Intro to Helping Others


In lesson 1, students will have the opportunity to review the definition of Helping Others, be introduced to the definition of altruism, be re-introduced to Harper and learn how altruism is a key aspect of Helping Others.

In lesson 2, students will have the opportunity to actively take part in making their teammates feel good.

In lesson 3, students will incorporate their understanding of Helping Others into an entry in their Career Journals, as it relates to their future work.


  • Students will develop self confidence in their ability to help others in various settings and life situations by:
  • developing and employing effective interpersonal communication skills and demonstrating empathy
  • creating positive and supportive relationships with peers and adults
  • demonstrating ethical decision making and social responsibility
  • using effective collaboration and cooperation skills


Helping OthersGiving of your time, energy, effort and thought to another person or organization

AltruismUnselfish concern for others


  1. Briefly re-introduce Harper.
  2. Using the Project TEAM House Guide, draw the PT house, indicating wall #1.
  3. Ask students what it means to help others and why it is important. Allow time for students to share their own definitions and experiences.
  4. Give students the definition of Helping Others provided above and explain the following. Giving money to charity and other organizations that help people in need are ways to help.  For people who are in need, having help means they get their needs met.  During Thanksgiving, people who would not have a Thanksgiving dinner end up getting one because of food drives (efforts to collect food donations) and time and effort from volunteers to prepare and serve the food.  Helping others isn’t always on such a large scale.  We can help each other every day in smaller but still important ways.  Think about a time when you helped someone or someone helped you.  What happened?”
  5. Ask students to think about the job that a food server (waiter/waitress) does. How do they help others?
  6. Let a few students answer. Follow up their comments by explaining that a server provides service at a restaurant by taking our orders and serving our meals. A server speaks clearly when reading specials for the day, uses listening techniques when the customer orders, and should have good overall communication skills so they can appropriately interact with customers.
  7. Ask students to describe a person that helps others. Have them think of people they know who are helpful and try to describe them. Then ask them why people help others.
  8.  Allow students to share their thoughts.
  9. Explain to students some people help others because they will get a reward, some people help others because helping others makes them feel good on the inside   and some people help others because it is the right thing to do.  No particular way is the only way.  Ask students what they think would happen if people only helped others because they would get a reward?”  Allow students to provide answers.
  10. Write Altruism and the definition on the board.
  11. Ask students which category (of the reasons people help others) does altruism fall into. The students should answer the last category.
  12. Say to students, “Helping others makes us feel good.  We can feel like we have purpose.  We feel like we are connected to the other person and part of our school, family and community.  Helping others is pretty awesome!  What are some ways you would like to help others?”  Allow each student to answer this question.  Ask students to commit to helping someone in one way in the next week.

Making Foundation Connections

  1. In what other foundations is it also important to Help Others? Why?
  2. In what other foundations is being altruistic important?

20 minutes