Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday: Tough Choices
* (third Monday of January) Dr. King faced many difficult decisions in his life. With these materials,
students have an opportunity to reflect on the fact that each of us faces many decisions each day. Some may be
very difficult, but whatever the situation, we can learn from Dr. King's example by using these opportunities
to do the right thing.
Key Ideas: Awareness of our daily choices - Doing the right thing
Character Traits: Moral courage - Integrity - Honesty
*Note: This broadcast message and lesson plan work well for Black History Month.
Holocaust Remembrance: Remembering the Holocaust This lesson was inspired by the Paper Clips Project, a school project created in memory of holocaust victims. Students will explore the consequences of injustice, prejudices and apathy, and consider how they as individuals can make a difference.
Key Ideas: Human rights - Making a difference
Character Traits: Respect - Responsibility - Tolerance - Dignity
Note: This message and lesson plan is appropriate for any event that memorializes the Holocaust.
Birthday - The Importance of Love * Mozart was a musical genius whose compositions have entertained,
inspired, and moved generations of listeners. He believed that love, not just genius, was at the heart of his compositions.
Students stop to consider how giving love and attention to the small things of life can help them succeed.
Key Ideas: The life and birthday of Mozart (January 27th) - The genius of love - Accomplishments driven by love
Character Traits: Caring - Respect - Enthusiasm - Dedication - Commitment
National Be On Purpose Month: Did You do That on Purpose?
* Life can be so random at times. It can be confusing and challenging. For life to make sense, it has to have
meaning. It has to have purpose, and having purpose in our lives is something we choose because when we do anything
on purpose, we do it deliberately. Students explore the importance of choosing a worthy purpose in their lives.
Key Ideas: Deliberately choosing positive actions - Goal setting - Self-absorption
Character Traits: Respect - Responsibility
National Family Fitness Month: Healthy and Happy
* Many of our students are not eating right or getting enough exercise. Childhood obesity is on the rise and according
to the Mayo Clinic, treating it requires the entire family. January is National Family Fitness Month which is a great
time for students to stop to consider ways they and their families can help each other get fit.
Key Ideas: Family fitness - Keeping resolutions
Character Traits: Self-discipline - Respect - Responsibility
National Reaching Your Potential Month: Reaching for Greatness
* Every single one of us has the potential for greatness, no matter what circumstances we were born into, no matter what types
of challenges we face. Students have the opportunity to consider that greatness can manifest in many ways.
Key Ideas: Personal potential - Striving to be one's best - Overcoming obstacles
Character Traits: Determination - Hard work - Encouragement
New Year: Go for the Goal ** Michael Phelps once said: “I want to be able to look back and say, ‘I’ve done everything I can, and I was successful.’” Students will examine the benefits of resolving to do one’s best to reach a goal so they will have no regrets, regardless of the outcome.
Key Ideas: New year - Resolving to do one’s best - Turning adversity into strength - Goal setting
Character Traits: Perseverance - Self-respect - Discipline
New Year: Keeping Resolutions
The new year is traditionally a time to make promises for a better year. Students explore the notion that it's
important to put our whole heart into whatever promises we make to ourselves. They explore the idea of being a more
active participant in all aspects of their lives.
Key Idea: Making resolutions as a way to reach goals and dreams
Character Traits: Determination - Commitment - Caring
New Year: Power of Service to Others
* When we volunteer our time to help others, even in small ways, we can make a big difference in the world. Students take a
look at the ways that they can use their personal power to bring joy to others in need. They also learn that in
giving back to their community, they build a better life for themselves.
Key Idea: Volunteers ease the suffering in our world
Character Traits: Citizenship - Volunteerism - Caring
Olympics: Overcoming Obstacles
* No Olympic athlete has worked harder to get to the Olympics than those who compete in the Paralympics for
disabled athletes. One such athlete is Ralph Green. Ralph has a story that will inspire both you and your students.
Key Idea: Turning obstacles into opportunities
Character Traits: : Respect - Responsibility - Perseverance - Dedication - Strong work ethic
* These same materials can also be found under a Life Skills/Pressing Issues category.
** These same materials can also be found under August for the new school year.
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