Armed Forces Day: Preserving Our Freedoms
(third Saturday of each May) In honor of Armed Forces Day, students
are encouraged to do something to honor those who protect and preserve our freedom. With this broadcast message and
lesson plan, students reflect on those who serve in America's armed forces and explore ways to honor them.
Key Ideas: Honoring those who preserve our freedom - Saying thanks to those who serve in the Armed Forces
Character Traits: Caring - Citizenship - Respect - Gratitude
Asian Pacific Heritage Month: The Power of Words
* Young people don't always understand the power of the words they write and speak. Using inspiration drawn from best-selling
author Amy Tan, students explore the power of words to bring together people of diverse cultures and backgrounds.
Key Ideas: Contributions of Asian-Pacific Americans - Paying attention to the words we speak and write
Character Traits: Caring - Respect - Responsibility - Integrity
Brown versus Board of Education
May 17th is the anniversary of one of the most important Supreme Court decisions ever made. Students explore the meaning
and the impact of Brown versus the Board of Education and how they can apply the lessons of this landmark case
to their own lives.
Key Ideas: Anniversary of Brown versus the Board of Education (May 17) - Recognizing kindness - Golden Rule
Character Traits: Kindness - Compassion - Humanity - Fairness - Self-respect
Elementary Promotion - Endings and Beginnings
Students consider the successes they enjoyed in elementary school, while also thinking about poor choices they may have made.
Remembering some of their personal strengths and learning from their mistakes may help them move into the next phase
of their lives with more wisdom and confidence.
Key Ideas: Elementary promotion - Learning from past mistakes - New beginnings - Graduation - Transition
Character Traits: Self-Respect - Self-Responsibility - Wisdom - Confidence
Memorial Day: Fallen Heroes
Memorial Day is much more than just a three-day holiday or the beginning of the summer season. This national holiday is an important reminder of the sacrifices made
by brave men and women in uniform who lost their lives in service to our nation. Students discuss the meaning of the
Memorial Day holiday and how they can honor our fallen heroes.
Key Ideas: Memorial Day - Gratitude for the freedoms we enjoy as Americans
Character Traits: Respect - Gratitude
Memorial Day: Service To Others — Additional Daily Broadcast - No Lesson Plan
For many, Memorial Day means the beginning of summer vacation. This message highlights the real purpose of the day—to pay tribute to more than one million American men and women who have died fighting for our country. It also suggests that one way to honor their sacrifice is to make the world a better place by volunteering in our own community on Memorial Day and throughout the summer.
Key Ideas: Memorial Day - Honoring those who gave their lives for our country - Volunteering as a tribute
Character Traits: Respect - Responsibility - Citizenship
National Physical Fitness Month:
Dancing with the Stars
* Summer break is fast approaching. It's hard to believe, isn't it? Summer usually means more physical activity, more
opportunities to get out and move our bodies by swimming, water skiing, skateboarding, biking, or hiking. These are all fun
ways to get fit, but there's another way to get moving that can be a lot more fun dancing!
Key Ideas: Physical fitness - Getting fit with dancing
Character Traits: Self-respect - Self-responsibility
Older Americans Month: Elders in a High-tech World
* Sometimes it's hard to imagine our world without the Internet, cell phones, and tablets. However, that's the world that some
older citizens face because they don't have access to or don't know how to use the modern technology that we use
every day. Students consider the idea of teaching elderly people how to use modern technology and also consider that
they can learn from their elders.
Key Ideas: Helping elders learn about new technology - Respecting our elders - Older Americans Month (May)
Character Traits: Responsibility - Citizenship
Older Americans Month: Wisdom of the Ages *
All we have to do is turn on the television to see that our society all too often celebrates youth and ignores the experience and
wisdom that older Americans can provide us. This plan provides an excellent opportunity for young people to reflect on the
valuable contributions that older Americans make to our homes, our communities, and our nation.
Key Ideas: Honoring Our Elders
Character Traits: Respect - Wisdom
Teacher Appreciation Week
Appreciating Those Who Teach
* Students learn that all people, young and old, like to feel appreciated and that showing appreciation can be
as simple as saying, "I think you are a very kind person. I want to be a kind person like you." But
living the lesson that a teacher has taught them is one of the best ways they can show their appreciation.
Key Idea: Showing appreciation for teachers by living the lessons they teach - Teacher appreciation
Character Traits: Caring - Kindness - Respect - Citizenship
Wisdom Additional Daily Broadcast - No Lesson Plan
This message can help foster a love of learning in the classroom while acknowledging the valuable contribution of educators.
Four Additional Daily Broadcast Messages
These messages have been pulled from the Project Wisdom Library of daily messages.
What You Think Upon Grows Day: The Little Engine That Could
* Students revisit The Little Engine That Could, who understood
something very important: What we think upon grows inside us.
Key Ideas: Positive thinking - Attitudes affect the outcome - Overcoming challenges
Character Traits: Positive attitude - Perseverance - Courage
* These same materials can also be found under a Life Skills/Pressing Issues category.
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