Black History Month: Diversity
America is like a colorful tapestry and each of us can weave something important into the fabric of our country. In honor of Black History Month, students will consider the notion that the more we learn about one another, the more we discover our commonalities, and in doing so, we help make our diverse nation stronger.
Key Idea: Strength and beauty in diversity
Character Traits: Respect - Tolerance - Understanding
Black History Month: Tough Choices * 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: The time is always right to do what is
Character Traits: Moral Courage - Integrity - Honesty - Fairness - Tolerance
Note: This message and lesson plan also work well for Dr. King's birthday.
Black History Month: Understand the Past
Knowing and appreciating the struggles and successes of those who
came before us helps us to better understand and appreciate
the freedoms and privileges we enjoy today. These materials
help students understand the importance of examining the
lives of famous African-Americans so we can be inspired
by their journeys and learn from past mistakes.
Key Ideas: Learning from the past - Celebrating the lives of African-Americans
Character Traits: Responsibility - Appreciation - Citizenship
Yourself Day: Going to the Trouble *
Being a person with strong character means being a person who goes
to the trouble of doing what's right instead of doing what's easy,
and that's not always convenient. In honor of Inconvenience Yourself
Day, students are encouraged to take time to step outside of themselves
and commit a random act of kindness by doing something special for
Key Ideas: Going to the trouble of being a person with character - Thinking of others
Character Traits: Respect - Responsibility - Honesty - Kindness - Courtesy - Caring - Empathy
Birthday: Doing One's Best * (Abraham Lincoln's Birthday, Feb 12th)
Imagine a world where people simply did as they pleased all
the time and felt no duty to excel at school, at work, or in their
relationships. Abraham Lincoln once wrote that "a duty to strive
is the duty of us all." Students consider the idea that we each
have a responsibility to ourselves and to others to strive to do our
Key Idea: Striving to Do One's Best
Character Traits: Responsibility - Human excellence - Perseverance
School Counseling Week: Just Ask * Asking for help can
be intimidating. This message and lesson plan remind students
that school counselors are an important resource when they
are facing a challenge, whether it is a scheduling issue,
a problem at home, or helping to adjust to a new school.
This content emphasizes the importance of talking to trusted
adults, like school counselors, as a way of solving problems
Key Ideas: School counselors care about and want students to be their best - Everyone
needs help at times
Character Traits: Responsibility - Trust - Confidence
Presidents' Day — Additional Daily Broadcast - No Lesson Plan
Acts of Kindness Week: That's So Random * Kindness benefits
the one who receives the act of kindness, but it also benefits the
one who acts with kindness. Students are challenged to put kindness
Key Ideas: Random Acts of Kindness - School climate
Character Traits: Kindness - Caring - Empathy
Super Bowl - Super Life (Super Bowl Sunday)
In this special message and lesson plan, Tony Dungy, first
African-American head coach to win the Super Bowl, reminds
students that the strength that matters most in life is
not the physical strength they see on the football field,
but the quiet strength that comes from a strong character.
Key Idea: Building our character muscles
Character Traits: Inner Strength - Respect - Responsibility
Day: Be Giving Holidays like Valentine's
Day provide us with an opportunity to share and give of
ourselves. Students will learn to reach out to those who
may be feeling unloved or unwanted.
Key Idea: Extending kindness to those who may need it
Character Traits: Empathy - Caring - Citizenship - Kindness
Valentine's Day: Celebrating the Power of Love
Additional Daily Broadcast Message - No Lesson Plan
Key Ideas: Putting love and caring into action
Character Traits: Love - Caring - Service to Others
Birthday: Birds of a Feather * George Washington was a great leader
who understood how peers influence us, for better or for
worse. He also understood the need to treat one another
with civility and respect. With this special message and
lesson plan, students explore the notion that choosing friends
wisely is very important.
Key Ideas: Our friends can influence our choices - Choosing friends with good character
Character Traits: Respect - Responsibility - Honesty - Kindness
* These same materials can also be found under a Life Skills/Pressing Issues category.
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