Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Character Education lesson on Respect

Each month we have a character trait/virtue that the entire school focuses on. We create our lesson plans around the specific character trait, we have a school wide character education assembly and we have posters as reminders of what the trait is and how to use it. This is a recent lesson I did on respect in 4th grade. The students seemed to enjoy it and it was a great opportunity to talk about diversity.  Please use this and enjoy:)

Materials: ½ sheets of paper for each student. Crayons/markers/colored pencils.

Objective: Students will use positive listening skills towards classmates, they will be able to find positive qualities about themselves, and they will learn how to use respect towards peers.

Introduce yourself and ask the students about the character trait of the month. Elicit responses about why character education is necessary in schools today. Ask the students to draw a picture of themselves. The only thing that HAS to be on their paper is their name. Other than that, give the directions that they must draw a picture of themselves. Start the activity by providing each student with a piece of white drawing paper, and the size of 1/2 a piece of paper.  Provide students up to 10 minutes to draw a self-portrait on the paper.

When the drawings are completed, have students do a think-pair-share, and have each person take 2 minutes to explain their drawing and how it is unique. After each person is done describing their picture, call on random students to share THEIR PARTNERS picture. This will promote listening skills and stronger forms of memory.

After all students have shared their partners information, have students stand up behind their desk. When the teacher claps, provide students with a couple of minutes to write a compliment on the white paper that surrounds the student's self-portrait. Then have students pass the papers to the next person, and so on. Keep the pace moving. Give students only a minute or two to write each compliment. Remind students not to take time to read the compliments others have written; explain that they should be sharing compliments from their own minds and hearts.  For example, a student might say kind, happy, smart, soccer, athletic, funny, etc.

At the end of the activity, each person's self-portrait should be surrounded by compliments. Display the self-portraits and their accompanying compliments for all to see. To close talk about how respect relates to this lesson and giving someone a compliment can turn someone’s day around. Encourage the students to do this daily and see how much of a positive reaction they receive back!

Positively speaking,
Your Floridian Chick!