Constitution Day: Big Ideas
* The founding of America has been called
a grand adventure in ideas. Our Founding Fathers knew how
to share, analyze, and debate ideas respectfully. As students
move through life, it will be important that they listen
to and share ideas with others, debate ideas respectfully,
and most importantly, pay attention to how ideas influence
them and the choices they make.
Key Ideas: Citizenship - The power of ideas - U.S.
Character Traits: Respect - Responsibility - Cooperation
Constitution Day: Extraordinary Possibilities * On this day when the nation
pauses to consider the significance of the U.S. Constitution,
students have the opportunity to consider two important
notions: 1) they live in one of the freest and most prosperous
nations in the world, and 2) it is a nation full of extraordinary
possibilities created by ordinary people.
Key Ideas: Democratic process - Civic duty
Character Trait: Responsibility
Constitution Day: Hope of Liberty Constitution
Day, September 17th, is a good opportunity for students
to reflect on the hard work and dedication of our founding
fathers who created the U.S. Constitution. The men showed
perseverance, responsibility, cooperation, and commitment.
Students consider the idea that a democracy must have future
generations who are willing to cultivate these character
traits in order to thrive and remain free.
Key Ideas: Constitution Day - The necessity of
strong character in our public servants - Constitutional freedoms - Active citizenship
Character Traits: Responsibility - Loyalty - Respect
Day: Wisdom from Our Elders * (first Sunday after Labor Day) One of
our nation's greatest resources is the wisdom of those who
have walked farther down the path of life, but sadly, we
don't always foster relationships between our young people
and the elderly. This plan will help students better understand
how they can benefit from the wisdom of those who have a
link to the past.
Key Ideas: Honoring those who can teach us - Respecting elderly citizens
Character Traits: Respect - Caring
Heritage Month: Advantages of Being Bilingual * People who speak two languages
can be a big help to everyone. They can build a bridge of
understanding between people who wouldn't be able to talk
to each other otherwise. Fun and thought-provoking activities
for all grade levels, some recommended books, and discussion
generators that will help your students understand the benefits
of being bilingual.
Key Ideas: Understanding other cultures - Building bridges between cultures
Character Traits: Respect - Tolerance - Appreciation
Heritage Month: Finding the Dream * Hispanic Heritage Month is
time for celebrating the achievements of Hispanic-Americans.
Vice Admiral Antonia Novello is one such American. She was
the first woman and the first Hispanic Surgeon General of
the United States. Based on her advice to young people,
students explore the contributions of Hispanic-Americans
and the character traits required to achieve the American
Key Ideas: Achievement of Antonia Novello - Setting goals - Diversity
Character Traits: Responsibility - Positive work ethic
Labor Day: The Benefits of Hard Work * Each day honorable people across
America get up and go to work. Students will discuss all
the many different types of jobs in the community, jobs
that make their lives easier. Fun activities are included
for all grades on campus. Great book recommendations that
deal with jobs, careers, and the benefits of hard work.
Key Ideas: All honest work should be respected. We
benefit each day from the work of others.
Character Traits: Respect - Gratitude - Trustworthiness
National School Success Month: Learning to Learn
* Learning how to study not only helps students become
better learners, it can help them become better people.
This message and lesson plan provide students with the opportunity
to consider all the great benefits that come with learning
strong study skills.
Key Ideas: Being a successful student requires strong study skills - Learning how to study
Character Traits: Responsibility - Self-discipline - Perseverance
Remembering September 11: Service and Unity Additional Daily Broadcast - No Lesson Plan
September 11 ( Patriot Day): There Is More Good Than Bad
in Our World Although there are bad people
in our world, there are many more doing good things every
minute of each day. Students will explore the idea that
we can all be inspired by the positive actions of others
during a time of disaster. Recommended books and discussion
generators that help students focus on the good that comes
Key Idea: Even though there are bad people in the world, most people are good, kind, and brave.
Character Traits: Respect - Courage - Caring - Helping Others
* These same materials can also be found under a Life Skills/Pressing Issues category.
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