Service Learning Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Thinking about doing a service learning project with your students? This lesson plan explains what service learning is, then gives some project ideas. After discussion and reflection, students can make a plan for their own service learning project.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define 'service learning'
  • explain types of service learning projects
  • discuss the pros and cons of differing types of service learning


1 hour


Key Vocabulary

  • Service learning
  • Community service experience
  • Instructional learning
  • Community service
  • Volunteer work
  • Intern
  • Internship
  • Field experience

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.1

Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.4

Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 6-8 texts and topics.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.8.4

Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.8.9

Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

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