American Red Cross Month: Helping: A Winning Tradition
* Americans are some of the most generous people in the world. Students take
a look at the great American tradition of giving to those in need, and consider ways they can carry on this tradition.
Key Ideas: True success can be measured by how much we help others - Charitable giving
Character Traits: Respect - Generosity - Caring
Brain Awareness Week: Brainy Stuff
* Our brains are awesome. There isn't a computer on earth as powerful. Students
consider the importance of being respectful and responsible with their computer brains.
Key Ideas: Human brain - Personal safety - Nutrition - Drug and alcohol abuse
Character Traits: Self-respect - Responsibility - Citizenship
Ethics Awareness Month: When I Do Good I Feel Good
* Students look at the connection between doing good and feeling good, doing bad and feeling bad. This is a great opportunity
to discuss the importance of personal rules of conduct.
Key Ideas: Rules of conduct - Ethical behavior - Doing what's right - Self-esteem
Character Traits: Respect - Responsibility - Caring - Integrity - Citizenship
International Listening Awareness Month: I'm Listening!
* It's important that we learn to listen to one another in order to build successful relationships at school, at
home, and in the community. Active listening is an acquired skill. When we listen deeply to one another, we convey respect
and caring and make the world a better place to be.
Key Idea: Being a good listener
Character Traits: Respect - Civility - Caring - Empathy
National Youth Art Month: Matters of the Art
* An exciting part of the educational process can be discovering the artist inside.
Making art can help students develop confidence, patience, critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
Key Ideas: Creativity - Critical thinking - Self-expression
Character Traits: Self-discipline - Confidence - Patience
National Youth Violence Prevention Week: It Begins With You * A Cherokee folktale helps students understand that we all have good
and bad qualities inside us, and each of us can choose which qualities to develop and which qualities to try to overcome.
Choosing to "feed" the bad qualities may lead to a life filled with unhappiness and perhaps even violence.
Students explore the notion that violence prevention begins within each individual.
Key Idea: Anger management
Character Traits: Respect - Patience - Kindness - Self-control
National Women's History Month: From Impossible to Possible
* It's difficult to imagine that there was ever a time in history when American women could not vote or own their
own houses or land. Extraordinary women have paved the way for today's young girls to reach for their dreams. Students
will learn about the important role that women in American history have played in shaping our country.
Key Ideas: Achievements of American women - Great American female role models
Character Traits: Fairness - Respect - Citizenship - Perseverance
Optimism Month: Expecting the Best
* Research indicates that there is a strong connection between optimism, self-esteem, happiness,
and health. Keeping a positive attitude is easier for some of us than others, but all of us can choose to express ourselves
in a more positive way while doing our best to replace negative thoughts with positive ones.
Key Ideas: Keeping a positive attitude - Looking at the brighter side of life
Character Trait: Optimism
Read Across America Day: Books Take You Places * Reading can take students to places they may never experience firsthand and introduce them to all types of
people and characters that they may never encounter in real life. Students are encouraged to discover the pure joy of
recreational reading by turning off the television and the video games and picking up a good book.
Key Ideas: Enriching one's life with recreational reading - Reading as a way to experience new places and people
Character Traits: Self-respect - Responsibility
Note: Read Across America Day is usually observed on the first Monday in March.
St. Patrick's Day Celebration: Irish Heritage — Additional Daily Broadcast - No Lesson Plan
* These same materials can also be found under a Life Skills/Pressing Issues category.
Key Ideas: Irish heritage - hard work - hope
Character Trait: Perseverance - Positive Attitude
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