June (including end of school year)
Flag Day: A Symbol of Unity The Stars and Stripes represent
more than just the original thirteen colonies and the fifty United
States. It symbolizes the history of the United States and its people.
It represents the values our forefathers used to establish our great
nation. With these materials, students have the opportunity to remember
that the flag represents all of us as Americans and those who came
Key Ideas: Flag Day - The flag as a symbol - Positive values
Character Traits: Caring - Citizenship - Respect
Student Safety Month: Safe or Sorry
* Every day, young people are injured unnecessarily. They break bones,
injure eyes, become permanently disabled, or even lose their
lives because some safety precaution wasn't taken. Students
explore the benefits of taking safety precautions and the
consequences to themselves and others when they don't observe safety rules.
Key Ideas: Staying safe during outdoor summer activities - Safety Rules
Character Traits: Responsibility - Respect - Citizenship
Summer Break: Beyond the Moment
* Hopping from one fleeting moment of immediate gratification to the next can lead us into a very shallow and
meaningless life, without any enduring sense of happiness. Reading a good book can provide a long-lasting
sense of satisfaction and has a long-lasting payoff. Students are encouraged to read over the summer break.
Key Idea: Reading as a lifelong habit that can foster "enduring happiness"
Character Traits: Responsibility - Caring
Note: This message and lesson plan also work well for winter break.
Break: Cloud Watching * Reflection is a key component of
character development. Students are encouraged to spend some time
this summer watching the clouds go by and reflecting on the kind of
person they are and the kind of person they want to become.
Key Ideas: The importance of reflection for character development
Character Traits: Self-respect - Responsibility
Summer Break: Make
it Simple * Students are challenged to make healthier food
choices and learn to cook simple, healthy meals over their summer
vacation. They will consider that they can also develop valuable life
skills such as self-discipline and responsibility while learning to
help cook for their family. Students will also take a look at related
issues including access to fresh foods and health problems caused
by poor diet.
Key Ideas: Eating healthy - Learning life lessons in the kitchen
Character Traits: Self-responsibility - Self-discipline
Summer vacation is just around the corner which means, for most students, more free time and more choices
about how to fill that time. Students are encouraged to choose wisely so they will come back next fall a little bit older and
a little bit wiser.
Key Ideas: Summer vacation - Choices come with natural consequences - Choosing to spend time wisely
Character Traits: Responsibility - Wisdom
* These same materials can also be found under a Life Skills/Pressing Issues category.
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