Life Skills/Pressing Issues
Be a Real Winner
This message and lesson plan take a look at a Detroit Tigers pitcher who threw a no-hitter but was denied the honor because
of an umpire's bad call. Students will consider the actions of this baseball player who demonstrated good sportsmanship during a
difficult situation and explore ways to learn from his example.
Key Ideas: Good sportsmanship on and off the field - Doing one's best in unfair circumstances
Character Traits: Responsible - Respectful
Sports events provide great opportunities to enjoy the spirit of competition while practicing the
Golden Rule. Students consider that whether their team is winning or losing the game, they can be winners by simply
being fair and courteous human beings. When they practice good sportsmanship, they always win.
Key Ideas: Good sportsmanship - Sports events
Character Traits: Respect - Courtesy - Civility - Fairness
Playing by the Rules
Rules help us maintain order, fairness, and safety. Most rules are established for an excellent reason and are intended to
benefit the whole community. Students explore the rationale for rules, responsible ways to challenge rules, and the need to follow
rules as responsible members of society.
Key Ideas: Rationale for rules - Following rules for the benefit of self and others - Golden Rule
Character Traits: Responsibility - Citizenship - Fairness
Safeguarding the Rights of Others
* It's been said that safeguarding the rights of others is both a noble and beautiful thing. With this plan students have
the opportunity to explore how this concept plays out in their everyday lives.
Key Ideas: Human dignity - Bill of Rights - Freedom - Equal justice
Character Traits: Fairness - Respect - Tolerance
Note: This message and lesson plan also work well for Human Rights Day: Dec. 10.
* Materials with an asterisk (*) relate to Fairness
and are also related to a calendar event. These same materials can also
be found under Calendar Events.
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