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Student explore the six pillars of character. For this social principles lesson, students create character education portfolios based on activities that build character skills for home, school, and the workplace. 
Students explore the trait of responsibility. In this character education lesson, students read Benny the Lazy Beaver and play the Slap Tail Game in order to examine why responsibility is a desired trait.
Learners 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. Learners fill buckets with notes of caring actions throughout the school year.
Seventh graders explore the character trait of reputation. In this character education lesson, 7th graders focus on their personal reputation as they discuss positive character traits and reflect on character quotations in journal entries.
Students set long-term and short-term goals. For this character education lesson, students determine whether goals that they write for themselves are long-term or short-term.
Sixth graders evaluate trustworthiness in others. In this character education lesson, 6th graders brainstorm items that are trustworthy, and then list attributes of trustworthy friends. Then students read a story to evaluate the trustworthiness of characters and answer questions, as well as writing in their character education journals.
Students explore the concept of caring. In this character education lesson, students consider how to show others they care about them as they brainstorm and discuss acts of caring.
First graders examine importance of appropriate habits for staying healthy, and draw pictures of themselves demonstrating a way of taking care of their own bodies.
In this kindness worksheet, students have many sheets to fill out such as shopping lists, kindness web, kindness graph, and much more. Students complete 71 pages in the curriculum guide.
For this character education worksheet, students read the stories about making the right decisions in various situations. Students then color yes or no to show if the right decision was made.
Students explore celebrity philanthropy. In this character development lesson, students read an article and discuss Oprah Winfrey's involvement in several charitable organizations.
Students create a bookmark with reminders of simple acts of kindness. In this character education lesson, students participate in a mini-lesson that serves as a great introduction to a service project. Students first brainstorm ways to show caring in small acts of kindness. Then students decorate a bookmark with examples to remind them of ways they can show kindness to others.
Students explore the character trait of tolerance. They listen to the story, The Big Orange Splot, discuss the concept of tolerance, and create a house out of a cereal box and other craft materials.
Students discuss what respect means. In this character education lesson, students read the book Cynthia Ann Parker and discuss the philanthropic acts in the book. Students answer questions about the text on the provided worksheet.
Sixth graders identify American heroes. In this historical perspectives instructional activity, 6th graders examine photographs and documents from the Library of Congress. Students categorize the sources as particular pillars of character education.
Middle schoolers study Manuel de Zavala and his role in the history of Texas. In this character education lesson plan, students read about Manuel Lorenzo and underline the responsibilities he took on in his life. Middle schoolers then answer questions about his life.
Have your class discuss behaviors they like from other people. They will then get into groups and list behaviors they want to see more of from people in their community, classroom, or school. This is a great Character Counts instructional activity!
Learners 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. Learners write an argument about the character's actions and whether or not they were ethically courageous.
Learners explain how we all face tough decisions everyday. They show how they respond to those events reveals who they are and where they are in their character/moral development. Students predict how to deal with peer pressure and teamwork.
Students participate in activities to celebrate character counts week. They identify the six pillars of character. They display good character when it comes to everyday tasks.