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 before us.
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.
Summer 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
Character Traits: Self-respect - Responsibility
Summer Break: Make it Simple *
Students are encouraged to try to choose healthy foods over their
summer vacation. They consider the difference between fun foods
and healthy foods and whether foods can be both. Students learn
that if they choose too many fun foods over healthy foods, they
arent giving their bodies the fuel they need to be strong,
energetic, and healthy.
Key Ideas: Eating healthy - Making a habit of choosing healthier foods
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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