Election Day * Additional Daily Broadcast Message - No Lesson Plan
Key Ideas: Election - Democracy
Character Traits: Responsibility - Citizenship
Elections: Counting for Something
* Students have
great opportunities at school to learn to think independently
so they can someday become responsible voters in the democratic
Key Ideas: Democracy - Choices - Citizenship
Character Trait: Responsibility
Family Stories Month: Sharing Our Lives Together
* Family narratives are important because they
are personal and true. They can help bond families together,
and help young people better understand themselves and
the world around them. As we approach the holiday season,
students may be spending more time with family, which
is a great opportunity to recall and collect some real
Key Ideas: Family history - Belonging - Heritage
Character Traits: Respect - Caring
Great American Smokeout: Mind if I Don't Smoke? * Students consider that not smoking is
the truly respectful thing to do for themselves and
those around them.
Key Ideas: Smoking - Health - Great American Smokeout
Character Traits: Respect - Responsibility - Caring
Mix It Up at Lunch Day: Mixing it Up * For some kids,
it's a little scary to talk with others they don't know.
Mix It Up at Lunch Day is meant to encourage students to
overcome their shyness, "mix it up" in the lunchroom,
and sit with schoolmates with whom they might not otherwise
spend time. They might even make new friends!
Key Ideas: Being brave enough to sit with someone
new at lunch - Making new friends
Character Traits: Respect - Caring - Appreciation -
National Education Week: Education - Doorway to Success
* Every student is fortunate to be able to come to school each day, an opportunity many
children around the world do not have.
Key Ideas: Love of learning - School pride
- Choices - Teacher appreciation
Character Traits: Responsibility - Gratitude
Native American Heritage Month: Respecting the Land *
Part of the Native American culture is a deep respect for the land,
air, and water. What we do today to the environment will
effect future generations. Students will explore some of
the heritage and culture of the Native American people and
how we can draw upon their wisdom to help protect our environment.
Key Ideas: Respecting the earth - Reducing, reusing,
Character Traits: Respect - Responsibility - Cooperation
Note: This message and lesson plan also work well for Earth Day.
Thanksgiving: Celebrate Life!
We all need a gentle reminder to pay
attention to the simple joys of life, particularly as we
gather with friends and family to celebrate Thanksgiving.
We can delight in the happy sounds of the holiday; in the
yummy smells; and in every smile, hug, and act of kindness.
Consider that we can make every day a holiday by celebrating
the simple joys of life.
Key Ideas: Awareness - Positive attitude - Resiliency
Character Traits: Gratitude - Respect
Thanksgiving: Count Your Blessings
It's easier to pay more attention to what's wrong
in our lives than to what's right. This lesson is about
considering the importance of keeping a "gratitude
attitude" even in the face of challenges.
Key Ideas: Gratitude - Choices - Appreciation - Thanksgiving
Character Traits: Respect - Responsibility - Positive
Create an Attitude of Gratitude * Thanksgiving
is an opportunity to foster and share a sense of gratitude.
When we consider the struggles the pilgrims faced, the fact
that they set aside a day of thanks becomes all the more
meaningful. These materials will help your students consider
the benefits of counting their blessings, particularly during
Key Ideas: Remembering our blessings - Being grateful
for the good in our lives even during difficult times - Thanksgiving
Character Traits: Gratitude - Appreciation
Veterans Day: Say Thanks Americans enjoy a way
of life that many around the world can only dream of.
Much of that is due to the sacrifices of our courageous
veterans. Veterans Day is a chance for your students
to thank those citizens who have given of themselves
both in wartime and in peacetime.
Key Idea: Expressing gratitude to veterans for their
service to our nation
Character Traits: Respect - Responsibility - Gratitude
Kindness Week: Simple Kindness * Consider all the bad situations in our world and in our lives that might completely go away - disappear - if everyone involved would show some simple kindness toward one another. There will always be mean-spirited and uncaring people in the world, but we can help reduce the pain caused by such behavior by showing simple kindness to those around us.
Key Idea: Kindness as an antidote to bullying and mean-spirited teasing
Character Traits: Kindness - Respect - Tolerance
* These same materials can also be found under a Life Skills/Pressing Issues category.
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