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
Key Ideas: Helping others - Charitable giving - The privilege of giving
Character Traits: Respect - Generosity - Caring
Brain Awareness Week: Brainy Stuff
* Would you ever deliberately download a virus to your computer? Of course not. The human brain is more awesome than any
computer man has made, yet we sometimes treat it with less respect than we do our PCs.
Key Idea: Taking care of and protecting the human brain
Character Traits: Self-respect - responsibility
Ethics Awareness Month: Ripple Effects * Every choice we make ripples out and impacts our world in ways we may never understand. Students consider their own personal
code of conduct and the ripple effects of making unethical decisions.
Key Ideas: Consequences of unethical behaviors - Personal code of donduct
Character Traits: Respect - Integrity
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: Active listening
Character Traits: Respect - Civility - Caring
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 - Understanding self and others
Character Traits: Self-discipline - Confidence - Self-awareness
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: The Power of positive thinking - Consequences of negative thinking
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 Trait: 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
Key Ideas: Irish heritage - hard work - hope
Character Trait: Perseverance - Positive Attitude
* These same materials can also be found under a Life Skills/Pressing Issues category.
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