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1CharacterEducationSuggested ActivitiesElementaryKINDNESSDecemberPrevention CalendarDecember 2016Monthly Observances: HIV/AIDS Awareness National Drunk and Drugged Driving PreventionWeekly Observances: Human Rights Week, December 10th – 16th National Hand Washing Awareness Week, December 6th – 12thDay Observances:Inside this issue you will find: December 1 – World AIDS Day December 2 – International Day for the Abolition Slavery December 3 – International Day of Disabled Persons December 5 – International Volunteer Dayresources and helpful December 10 – Human Rights Daywebsites. December 15 – Bill of Rights DayAlignment to PreventionCalendar. A variety of lessons andactivities for all grade levels. Links to multiple additionalSocial Emotional andLearning alignment.

NITIONSIdeas on How to Use: Post character trait & definition around theschool campus. Teachers use definitions to help studentsunderstand the meaning of the characterdevelopment trait.Kindness involves having a deep concern for thewelfare of others. Empathy, compassion, gratitudeand generosity are all the marks of a kind person.Demonstrating kindness includes being willing toinconvenience yourself for the benefits of others.Caring for the needs and feelings of others by givingof our energy and time is a critical ingredient inbecoming a person of character.Definitions: Being helpful, thoughtful, caring, compassionateand considerate A kind actRelated Words: Compassion – to have feeling for someone else’ssorrow or hardship with a desire to help Care – The work of caring for or attending tosomeone or something Empathy – the ability to imagine oneself insomeone else’s situation and to understand thatperson’s feelings. Generosity – the act of being gentle, friendly andgood to others2QUOTATIONSIdeas on How to Use: Display a quote each week. Share on morningannouncements. Teachers post quotes in classrooms. Have students write about what the quote means tothem. Have primary students draw a picture to go with thequote. Encourage students to create their own ‘quote’ thatpromotes monthly trait.Grades K – 2“Everybody loves a compliment.”– Abraham Lincoln“Good words are worth more and cost little.”– George Herbert“When we do good things, our self- respect grows.”– Abraham J. Heschel“It is nice to be important but it is more important to benice.”- John Marks TempletonGrades 3 – 5“You do not have to like everything a person does tolove them.”- Mamie McClullough“The most basic principle of human nature is the cravingto feel appreciated– William James“Few things in the world are more powerful than apositive push. A smile. A word of optimisim and hope.A ‘you can do it’ when things are tough.”- Rickards M. DeVos“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but theirechoes are truly endless.”- Mother Theresa

KINDNESS/ELEM.DECEMBERBook ListIdeas on How to Use: In media center, designate a character trait “Featured Readings”section where books promoting the month’s theme are displayedand available for checkout. Have students read books, and then depict how the bookexemplified the character trait.Activities Read the story Little Thumbelinaby Hans Christian Anderson tothe class. Discuss the idea withthe children of how important itis to be “goodhearted”. Discusswith the students how they canbe goodhearted likeThumbelina.Read the poem Kindness toAnimals to the class. Discusshow important it is to childrento show kindness to allcreatures, large and small.Have each student prepare ashort poem telling of howhe/she has been kind to acreature, large or small.Read The 12 Days of Christmasaloud to the class. Have thestudents create their own The12 Days of Kindness usingwriting and illustrations.Read together as a class or havestudents read individuallyMiracle on 34th Street. Afterreading the book, the teachershould lead a class discussionon whether or not the studentsbelieve in miracles.After reading Papa Piccolo byCarol Tally, discuss why it is soessential that young men (andyoung women) see that there isno contradiction between beingmale and being kind, tender,and caring. Think about waysthat fathers, or adult males,show these traits to their friendsand family.Grades K – 2Love is a Special Way of Living by Joan AnglundWords and illustrations describe the tender, happy feelings called love.Madeline by Ludwig BemelhamsThe smallest girl at Miss Clavel’s school wakes up in the night with anattack of appendicitis.The Runaway Bunny By Margaret BrownMother’s love and caring is unconditional, even if the child wants to runaway.The Valentine Bears by Eve BuntingMr. & Mrs. Bear always missed Valentine’s Day because they werehibernating, but this year they share a wonderful surprise.Fireflies by Julie BrinckloeA boy is proud of having caught a jar of fireflies, but soon realizes hemust set them free or they will die.Grades 3 – 5Sour Land by William ArmstrongFor Amson Stone and his three motherless children, a quiet black manwho enters their lives as teacher and friend fills a void, but brings hometragic reality.Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Ronald DahlEccentric old Mr. Wonka decides to give Charlie his chocolate factorywhen he proves to be a sensible, loving child.The Scarebird by Sid FleischmanThe lonely old farmer realizes the value of friendship when a young mancomes to help him and his scarecrow with their farm.Blue Willow by Doris GatesA little girl hopes that the valley her family has come to, whichresembles the pattern on her blue plate, will be their permanent home.The Market Square Dog by James HerriotA stray dog finally finds a home after being arrested for begging.It’s Our World Too by Philip HooseAccounts of Young people who are making a difference and how theyare doing it.3

2KINDNESS/ELEM.DECEMBERPrevention IdeasWeekly Observances:Human Rights Week (December 10th – 16th)Human Rights Lessons K-5United for Human Rights Info kit for Educators (FREE)That’s Not Fair!National Hand Washing Awareness Week (December 6 th – 12th)Hand Washing Prevent Disease & Outbreak InterventionDay Observances:World Aids Day (December 1st)Browardprevention.orgInternational Day for the Abolition Slavery (December 2nd)Teaching about Slavery in the Elementary ClassroomInternational Day of Disabled Persons (December 3rd)Grades K - 2Getting to Know People with Physical DisabilitiesInternational Volunteer Day (December 5th)International Volunteer DayHuman Rights Day (December 10th)Human Rights Day10 More Things to Do With Your Kids on Human Rights Day!Human Rights EducationBill of Rights Day (December 15th)We the Civics Kids Lesson 3: The Bill of Rights (Grades 1 – 4)Bill of Rights Day is observed (Grade 5)Grades 3 - 5Bill of RightsComparing PicturesFirst Amendment Poster4School-wideIdeas on how to use: Use suggested school-wideideas to create a culture ofcharacter and address yourschools need for a RTI Tier I –universal strategy. Any teacher or staff membersthat work with students canincorporate classroom ideas.1 Showing Kindness“Thinking Outside of the Box”Instead of noticing primarily themisbehaviors, focus on thecaring/good things that studentsare doing. I WAS COUGHTPERFORMING A RANDOMACT OF KINDNESS. Studentfill out their name, date andteacher. They then complete thefollowing sentence: This is what Idid. It is important that studentsdo this part so that they have theopportunity to reflect on andinternalize the effects for thecaring actions on the schoolenvironment.Teachers have the opportunity topull kindness slips to rewardgood behavior with schoolincentives. They also have theopportunity to give coupons,which are redeemable forclassroom or school wideincentives.Announce “Principals RandomActs” periodically. All studentare recognized for goodsportsmanship, good behavior onthe playground, cooperativecafeteria behavior, etc.All staff has recognition slips.Staff is to take recognition slipswith them throughout the dayso that it is easy to recognizegood behavior.

KINDNESS/ELEM.DECEMBERSUBJECT AREALESSONPLANSIdeas on How to Use This Page: Integrate character trait lesson plans into all subject area instruction. Lesson plansare specific to language arts, social studies, math/science, arts, health & physical education.LANG UAGE ARTSGrades K - 21. Characters who understand KindnessDiscuss how character in stories are reading or have recently read, show the importance of kindness.StoryCharacterHow is he/she showing kindness?2. Drawing Caring/KindnessHave students draw pictures of character from a story they have read or listened to demonstrating caring/kindnessfor others.Grades 3 – 51. How a character demonstrates kindnessHave student choose a character in a book they are reading and write their own story about hos that characterdemonstrated caring.2. Special PoemHave students write a poem about someone in their life that they care about. Have student include in the poemwhy they care about the person they selected.SOCIAL STUDI ESGrades K - 21. Kindness in Our CommunityAs a class, discuss reasons why students should be kind to people in their community. Example: Why we are kindto senior citizens2. What my family thinks of KindnessHave students write the word kindness on a piece of paper. Have family members write words that describe themeaning of kindness for them on the paper. Discuss as a class.Grades 3 – 51. Character BiographiesHave students write biographies of people they are studying and how these people showed kindness for othersduring their lives.2. Respect in HistoryDiscuss a historical issue or problem students have been studying and how that issue related to the principles ofkindness, compassion and generosity.5

KINDNESS/ELEM.DECEMBERLesson Plans [cont’d]MATH/SCIENCEGrades K – 21. Math Rules/Science ConceptsHave students work in cooperative learning groups while reviewingmath and science conceptsGrades 3 – 51. Science SolutionHave students list ways that mankind can demonstrate kindness to theEarth.2. Math PairingHave students work in pairs so that you have one students assistinganother who may be struggling.ARTSActivities 6Brainstorm and list the waysthat students can showkindness at home or in school.List these to hang in theclassroom as a reminder.Discuss ways that studentscould perform communityservice hours that showkindness.Discuss with the students howthey feel when kindness isdirected toward them. Howdo they react?Have students write a poem,song/rap, or skit aboutkindness and then perform itfor the class, school and/orcommunity.Pretend the newspaper ishaving a contest to select thekindest person in your school.Have students write why theyshould win this contest.For an act of kindness, havestudents read a book to ayounger person, possibly abrother or sister or anotherrelative.Grades K - 21. Visual Arts: KindnessHave students draw themselves doing actions that show that they arebeing kind. Display drawings on a bulletin board.2. Visual Arts: People we RespectHave students draw two or three people in their lives that they careabout. Put the drawings on a bulletin board titles, “People We CareAbout”.Grades 3 – 51. Visual Arts: Respect CollageHave students create a class collage which shows things in their life thatdo well when we take care of them.2. Visual Arts: Showing Generosity in a PictureHave students draw or paint a picture of an individual showinggenerosity.HEALTHGrades K - 21. Showing KindnessDiscuss with students how they feel when people are unkind to them.Facilitate the discussion so that the feelings identified by students areunderstood.2. Showing Kindness HealthDiscuss how showing the quality of kindness builds healthy friendships.Have students write a few sentences about how showing kindness andcaring about yourself and others will help you be healthy.3. Ideas on How to Use: In media center, designate a character trait “FeaturedReadings” section where books promoting the month’s

KINDNESS/ELEM.DECEMBERLesson Plans [cont’d]Grades 3 – 51. Interview: Empathy & HealthDefine and discuss the meaning of empathy. Have students interviewthree adults, asking them how showing empathy for others allows themto form healthy relationships. Have students write a short summary ofwhat people they interviewed said. Have them present their findings in asmall group setting. In their small groups have students look at thesimilarities and differences.School-wide [cont’d]1When staff members notice anact of kindness they are to givethe students a slip to fill outand deposit in classroom.Classroom teachers keepcontainers for slips collectedmonthly. On the last day of themonth, each classroom teacherrandomly selects a slip andsend to office. Remaining slipsare discarded after all studentsthat received a slip that monthare congratulates.Coupons can be used forstudents to cash in forincentives.PHYSICAL EDU CATIO NGrades K - 21. Rules of One SportMake a list on the boar of the main rules of one sport that children play.Have students discuss why it is important to care about the rules.2. Caring & TeamworkDiscuss the importance of teamwork in a sport and have students giveexamples of ways that they can work well together as a team and showcaring for their teammates.Grades 3 – 51. Winning the GameDiscuss with students the meaning of competitive behavior in sports.Upon completion of the discussion have students break into small groupsand list what the rules are in sports which, show caring and kindnesstowards the team you play for as well as your opponents.2. Caring in SportsIn small groups have students select a specific sport. Students willlist all the rules that are related to that sport. Havestudents write next to each rule why it isimportant to care about that specific rule andthe consequences of that caring about the rulethey identified.“Thinking Outside of theBox” (Cont.)2Improved SchoolEnvironment Expectations LEAPSLeaps Lesson on Kindness (K - 3)Leaps Lesson on Kindness (4 – 5)3Decrease in referrals.Students excitement whenthey are recognized.Staff “notice” the goodbehavior of students.Students “notice” the goodbehavior of peers.Increase in positive attitudeImproved Academics Students are more willingto help one another in class.Students become moresupportive of one another,which allows for more timeon task.Improved attitudes lead toincreased effort, motivationand achievement.7

KINDNESS/ELEM.DECEMBERService LearningClassroom IdeasClass Discussion Topics Students will choose a personto whom they would like tosend a “Kindness Card”. Theobjective here is for thestudents to be kind tosomeone else through thiscard. The students will thencreate a “Kindness Card”.They are not to sign the cardas it should be anonymous.They are to find a way todeliver the card to the personwithout the person knowing itis from them. If possible, thestudents should try to observethe person’s reaction when thecard is read. The studentsshould journal a reflection ofthe experience of creating acard for someone and hisreaction.Creative Expression Students are to create anillustration (comic strip orcartoon picture). The studentsare to place themselves in theillustration as the maincharacter in an act ofkindness.8Ideas on How to Use this Section: Promote school-wide service learning initiative/campaigns usingprovided ideas. (Do a ‘service day’; encourage classes to do randomservice acts of kindness to other classes/staff, etc.) Engage school clubs/student council to lead service projects.School Service-Learning Caring and Working TogetherHave each class take a survey developed by student government, whichselects which school service learning project students’ care, most about.Once the results are tallied have student government announce to theentire school which project the school will do. Caring About out PlanetDiscus the importance of recycling because we care about out planet.Have student’s research items that can be recycles. Have students collectthese items and determine how to appropriately recycle.Community Service-Learning Supporting Our CommunityDiscuss how we can bring about positive change in our schoolcommunity by tolerating our difference and caring about others. This isa discussion, which can lead towards understanding the definition ofempathy and applying empathic behavior towards others.Talk about ways that we, as a class/community can help bring aboutpositive change towards people that are different than ourselves. Thisactivity may lead to students planning a service project in theircommunity, celebrating respect through understanding diversity andkindness.Hands-on Activities/ProjectsEmotional CharadesThis is like the traditional game of Charades, except the players act outan emotion of their choosing.Goal: Greater awareness of how others are feeling.The purpose behind this game is to help children watch out for andconsider the feelings and emotions of those around them. You can alsopractice looking out for others who look down or discouraged. If you dosee someone who is anxious or sad, model kindness for your children,and say some kind words to encourage the person who is down. Tofollow up, you can use the questions for discussion to enhance mealtimeconversation.Questions for discussion Did you notice anyone feeling sad, lonely, left out, injured orupset today? What did you do for them? What could you have done? Did anyone else help them?

Family NewsletterD ear Pa rent:A caring person is considerate, kind, compassionate and generous. A caringperson takes into account how decisions, words and actions are likely toaffect other people. Remind your child that they have the power to brightenanother person’s day through a simple act of kindness.Ideas to Do as a Family Participate in a community service project with your child, which allowsthe family to show kindness towards others.As a family, discuss what you could do to show that you care about theenvironment, such as cleaning up a street, picking up trash, or starting arecycling program.As a family identify things that you can do together to make a differencein someone else’s life.Catch your child being kind and acknowledge how important thatbehavior is. This is a simple opportunity to reinforce how importantbeing kind is in your family.Watch a television program together and talk about the various ways inwhich the characters acted uncaring or caring towards one another.Remember that the best teaching tool is to always model the behavioryou want your child to learn. You are powerful role model for yourchild. If you are kind and helpful to other people that is what your childwill learn from you.Character Education: ElementaryDiversity, Prevention & InterventionLauderdale Manors Early Learning &Resource Center1400 NW 14th CourtFort Lauderdale, FL 33311(754) 321-1655Fax: (754) ung@browardschools.comDecemberCharacter Check Do your friends encourage your to do right? In what ways do you feel you are a good friend to others? What are three ways you can become a better person to thepeople in your life? Do you show compassion and concern for others? How do you show the qualities of a good friend to peoplein your life? Do you show kindness for people who are different fromyou? How?Once a week at a family meal,have family members tell aboutone thing they enjoy about oneperson in their life.When we dogood things,our self-respectgrows. Abraham J. Heschel

December 3 –International Day of Disabled Persons December 5 –International Volunteer Day December 10 –Human Rights Day December 15 –Bill of Rights Day Character Education Suggested Activities Elementary December KINDNESS Prevention Calendar December 2016 Inside this issue you will find: Alignment to Prevention Calendar.File Size: 3MB

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