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Cultivating Caring - Filling Buckets of Caring Carrots
Young scholars practice compassion. In this character education lesson, student read Have You Filled a Bucket Today? by Carol McCloud. Students discuss the book as well as ways to demonstrate they care for one another. Young scholars fill buckets with notes of caring actions throughout the school year.
K - 3rd English Language Arts
Character Education: Honesty
Middle schoolers define what honesty means. They will discuss omission as a form of telling lies. Furthermore, they will compare and contrast to other forms of lying. In the end, they give examples of different types of lies and evaluate which are the worst forms of lying.
8th Social Studies & History
The End: Special Lesson Plan
Setting the stage, creating characters, and establishing a suspenseful storyline can be a tricky task. Young authors read the story The End as a model of good and organized writing. They analyze the writer's techniques and employ them in their own creative work.
7th - 12th English Language Arts
Back to School (Secondary)
Welcome your class back to school! They will participate in a character education lesson in order to build community at the school. First they identify needs of new students by putting themselves in their shoes and create welcome packs for newcomers and visitors to their school.
5th - 6th Social Studies & History
K-5 Integrating Character Education/A Lesson on Responsibility
Students demonstrate traits of responsibility. They explain that accepting responsibility is more rewarding than avoiding responsibility. Students bring pictures of responsible and irresponsible situations or behaviors. They explore the character trait responsibility.
K - 5th Health
Character Traits - Who are We?
Sixth graders examine character traits. In this character education lesson, 6th graders set goals to strengthen particular personal character traits. Students watch their instructor model the character trait journaling strategy prior to making entries in their own personal journals.
Character Counts Writing Project
Examine how the values of the Six Pillars of Character are reflected in a child's world. They will identify behaviors that represent trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship. They also explore the relationship between good character and values by writing about what happened when they saw or demonstrated good character.
K - 6th English Language Arts
The Effects of Character Decisions
Learners explore characters' decisions. They play a card game in which they match a decision card with a direct effect card. Then they examine characters from The Wizard of Oz, record important decisions that they make on index cards, and attach them to a cause and effect chart.
4th - 6th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Courage in the Movies
Students examine the decisions and behaviors of movie characters to encourage awareness of their own ethical decision making. In this character education lesson, students discuss integrity and watch one of the listed movies to focus on the characters' decisions.
10th - Higher Ed Visual & Performing Arts
Analyze a Character's Thoughts, Actions, and Words
Authors use specific techniques to develop characters. Ask your class to do some sleuthing into "A Pair of Silk Stockings" to figure out how Kate Chopin put together Mrs. Sommers. The video starts with a brief review of direct and indirect characterization and then models how to use a character web to record textual details about Mrs.
7 mins 7th - 9th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Investigate "respect" with your class. They will participate in a think/share activity in which they complete sentence starters about their personal experience with "respect." Then they view a video clip in which Holocaust survivors describe their experiences with respectful and disrespectful behavior.
5th - 8th Social Studies & History