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Telemiracle in Saskatchewan
Lesson Plan Outline/Ideas For the Elementary Classroom

 

CURRICULAR LINKS:  Telemiracle (referred to as “TM” in the following document) resources can be used for a variety of outcomes in Social Studies, ELA (Comprehend and Respond, Compose and Create), and Math, Grades 1-6.

Social Studies (Grades 2,3,4):

DR2.1 (Dynamic Relations 2.1):  Investigate stories of significant events and person in the local community's history to describe the contribution of those who lived in the community in earlier times.

RW2.1 (Resources and Wealth 2.1):  Describe ways in which the local community meets needs and wants of its members.

RW 3.1 (Resources and Wealth):  Appraise the ways in which the local community meets needs and wants of its members.

IN4.3 (Interaction and Interdependence):  Determine the influence Saskatchewan people and programs have had on a national scale.

RW6.1 (Resources and Wealth):  Examine and analyze factors that contribute to quality of life, including material and non-material factors.

English Language Arts (in all grades, 1-6, but here are examples found in the Grade 2, 3, and 4 curriculum):

CR2.1:  Comprehend and Respond to a variety of grade-level texts (including contemporary and traditional visual, oral, written, and multimedia) that address: identity, community, social responsibility.

CC2.1:  Compose and Create a range of visual, multimedia, oral, and written texts that explore: identity, community, social responsibility.

CR4.2:  View and Respond to visual and multimedia texts (including graphs, charts, diagrams, maps, multimedia DVD, websites, television programs, advertisements, posters), explaining the creator's technique and impact on viewers.

CC4.1:  Compose and Create a range of visual, multimedia, oral, and written texts that explore: identity, community, social responsibility.

Math (all grade 1-6, Number, Statistics, Outcomes)

 

OBJECTIVES:

Students will learn:

  • Who is TM?  (a major Saskatchewan fundraiser) and the historical implications of such
  • What a service club is and how service clubs can help communities
  • What the money raised each year is used for (Who does it go to? How is the money distributed?)
  • How can they get involved (as individuals or as a class)?

 

MATERIALS:

TM website (www.telemiracle.com)

  • history of TM, links to video footage of the show, vignettes of recipients, fundraising ideas, activities for students (audition information, activity pages for younger students), volunteer opportunities, etc.

 

OUTLINE: 

  • Intro TM as SK's largest and long-running fundraiser.  It airs every year on the first full weekend of March.
  • Historical Info TM has raised over $134 million since its inception in 1977.  There are two parts to TM:  The Kinsmen Foundation that manages the money, and Telemiracle, the 20-hour broadcast.  History of Telemiracle Page
  • Who started TM?  The Kinsmen Foundation started in 1971 to manage funds raised by Kinsmen and Kinette groups across SK.  Kinsmen and Kinettes from across SK volunteer each year to put on the show.  There is a committee that works hard to make each show a success. (See "Milk for Britain" link at the bottom of the page)
  • Why was TM started?  KIN Canada (Kinsmen and Kinettes) is a service club that serves the community’s greatest need. A KIN club in Saskatchewan saw a need. People in our province could not buy the medical equipment they needed, or they needed financial assistance to travel to another city for medical treatment.  The need continues year after year. (See "Milk for Britain" link)
  • Where does the money go?  All funds raised stay in Saskatchewan!  The money goes to help Saskatchewan residents with their medical needs.  For example, it might help a family stay in another city for a few months while their child receives a new heart, or it might provide meals and accommodations for a person to travel to Regina or Saskatoon to receive dialysis. Money also provides necessary medical equipment such as a walker, scooter, wheelchair, and so much more. Recipient Stories Page
  • Who decides how the money is spent?  There is a Kinsmen Foundation Board of Directors that meets 9 times per year.  They review applications and make decisions on how to spend the money that is raised each year. Kinsmen Foundation Page
  • How can I perform on TM?  Auditions are held in October/November each year (one in Saskatoon and one in Regina).  Interested singers, dancers and entertainers are encouraged to apply to audition.  Applicants can be chosen to perform on the mainstage, 20-hour broadcast or they can be chosen to perform on the “Countdown to Telemiracle” show (a 2-hour pre-show streamed live to YouTube).  SaskTalent Auditions
  • What other ways can I be involved?  If you don't want to perform on the show, there are other ways to be involved:  Fundraising, On-Air Presentations, Colouring Contest, etc. Education Resources
  • How can I raise money? Ways to Help Page
  • What is a “Helping Hand”?  Helping Hands Page
  • The National Cast:  Every year, the Producers choose entertainers to be part of the National Cast.  Each year, there are new performers, but the “standards” are always there, Brad Johner, Beverley Mahood, Jeffrey Straker, Chris Henderson, etc.). (National Cast Page available at the end of January)
  • Who is Telemiracle Teddy?  Telemiracle Teddy (TM Teddy) is the mascot of the show. He travels around Saskatchewan, in the weeks leading up to the show, visiting communities and helping people raise money in their towns and cities.  (See Telemiracle Facebook page for photos of TM Teddy or Telemiracle's YouTube channel to see him in action) TM Teddy also has a SnapChat account (tm_teddy)

 

ACTIVITIES:

  • Audition for the show, colouring contest, On-Air Presentation, fundraising ideas  Education Resources
  • Watch videos and clips of Telemiracle (discussion, writing activities, etc.)
  • Research different types of medical equipment.  What is it used for?  How much does it cost? How do people apply to Telemiracle to get the equipment they need? How to apply
  • Look at the money raised.  What year did Telemiracle raise the most money?  What did they raise in the first year?  Why do you think they raise more money in some years and less in others? Totals
  • Make a plan to do a fundraiser.  What resources are necessary?  How much money would you like to raise?  How do you want to go about it? Ways to Help
  • Discuss how Telemiracle meets the needs of people in the community.  What happens if people have no money to provide medical needs for themselves?  Has Telemiracle helped someone in your community?
  • Create a poster or brochure about Telemiracle.
  • Older kids and teens can take part in the video contest
  • Younger students can enter the colouring contest.
  • Field trip to the Telemiracle Office. (call 306-244-6400 extension 2 or 4 to book a time)
  • TM Teddy visit. (partner with your local Kinsmen, Kinette or Kin club to see if TM Teddy is available to visit your school)
  • Listen to the Telemiracle Theme song:  “You Are The Miracle”. You Are The Miracle Page

 

EVALUATION:

  • Depending on the curricular outcome, evaluation is teacher derived.

 

Other Guided Discussion Questions


1. What is the importance of service clubs in a community?
2. What are some service clubs in your community?
3. What are some of the projects that these clubs have funded in your community?

         Kinsmen and Kinettes are a service club and one project they organize is Telemiracle
4. What is a telethon?
         Include discussion of volunteers and fundraising.
5. Who benefits from the money raised during Telemiracle?
         Saskatchewan people of all ages with special needs.
6. What are some special needs that people might have?
         Wheelchairs, scooters, visual and hearing computer devices for communication, funding for travel expenses to access medical treatment, etc.

 

Links and Other Resources:

Kin Canada's "Milk For Britain" 
Telemiracle's YouTube Channel
District 3 (Kin clubs of Saskatchewan)
Telemiracle 1 Opening
Telemiracle 1 Closing