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 serve in the armed forces - Gratitude for the freedoms we enjoy
Character Traits: Respect - Caring - Citizenship
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: How we use words - How we are influenced by language
Character Traits: Caring - Respect - Responsibility
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
Endings and Beginnings
Students have the opportunity to reflect on their experiences in middle or high school, both their successes and their poor choices.
By taking the positive experiences with them and learning from their mistakes, they will carry more wisdom and confidence
into the next phase of their lives.
Key Ideas: Graduation - Reflecting on the past - New beginnings - Graduation - Transition
Character Traits: Self-respect - Self-responsibility - Wisdom - Confidence
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
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 - Summer break
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: Young people teaching the elderly to use new technology - Learning from our elders
Character Traits: Responsibility - Citizenship
Note: This message and lesson plan also work well for Older Americans Month (May).
Older Americans Month: Wisdom of the Ages
* Our society all too often celebrates youth and ignores the wisdom provided by those who have lived longer and have valuable experience to share. This plan provides an excellent opportunity for young people to reflect on the important contributions that our elders make to our homes, our communities, and our nation.
Key Ideas: Honoring our elders - Looking beyond appearances - Ageism
Character Traits: Respect - Responsibility - Wisdom
Teacher Appreciation Week
Appreciating Those Who Teach
* Almost all of us can point to a special teacher whom we admire. Students explore the idea that what we admire most in others is what we ourselves would like to possess. They also consider how best to show appreciation for the teachers who have made a meaningful difference in their lives.
Key Idea: Showing appreciation for teachers
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 Broadcast Messages
These broadcast messages have been pulled from the Project Wisdom Library of daily messages.
* These same materials can also be found under a Life Skills/Pressing Issues category.
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