Back in September, we posted links and resources to promote growth mindsets. Here is the blog post, Mindset. If you have not read Carol Dweck’s book, The New Psychology of Success, it is a must read! Here are additional videos to post and share with your students.
In this fun, short talk from TEDYouth, lexicographer Erin McKean encourages new words when the existing ones won’t quite do. She lists out 6 ways to make new words in English, from compounding to “verbing,” in order to make language better at expressing what we mean, and to create more ways for us to understand one another.
It is not always easy to think of fake, made-up words that are unique. Try using the Fake Word Generator to get your creative juices flowing! Can you make-up your own word to describe an emotion or situation? What is it’s meaning? If you say a word and people understand it’s meaning… is it a word regardless of what the dictionary says? Why?
Huggle: A cross between hug and cuddle. Lasts slightly longer than a hug and is good when comforting mildly upset people. My family and I have been using it for several years, first coined by Jasper when he was 7.
Winik: The act of turning-out or flicking the ankle while running. My running group quickly referred to this gate as the “WINIK”. To this day, when we see other runners with this gate we shout out, “Look!They are doing the “WINIK!”
Cloffice: A room that is being used as an office but is actually a closet. The office and the closet co-exist.
Elizabeth really, really wants a pet, but her parents say NO to all of her ideas.Bird? Bunny? Turtle? Fish? Instead,Elizabeth ends up with a cactus named Carolyn. After some very unsuccessful campaigning, to her wonderful surprise, Elizabeth encounters Doug…surely the most unusual and special pet of all.
In the book, The Perfect Pet by Margie Palatini, Elizabeth makes plans to convince or persuade her parents to let her get a pet. Persuade means to make someone do or believe something by giving them a good reason to do it or by talking to them and making them believe it.
Imagine you are one of the pets Elizabeth wants! What would you say to Elizabeth’s parents to convince or persuade them to choose you as the family pet? Leave a comment on the VoiceThread below.
- If you would like persuade Elizabeth’s parents in writing, print this template.
- Using The Perfect Pet character trait map, write one of Elizabeth’s character trait’s in the center and find four examples in the book that reveal that character trait.
Did you know that you can adopt an animal at the Philadelphia Zoo?
The following animals are available as part of the Philadelphia Zoo ADOPT program. Which animal would you like to adopt and why? Leave a response in the comment section below and persuade me to adopt the animal of your choice!
Mariana fruit dove
Victoria crowned pigeon
When we look at characters in fiction writing it is easy for us to identify their character traits. Today, we will look at our very own character traits. Are they positive character traits? Negative character traits? Whatever they are, it is often very difficult to identify our own character traits and change the ones we are not happy with.
Strength doesn’t come from what you can do. It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn’t do.
Write an instant “All About Me” poem using this instant ” All About Me ” creator or if you are feeling particular verbose today, write your own ” All About Me” poem!
Watch Jessica’s Affirmation for inspiration!
We will use the Tellagami App to create your “All About Me” Gami video. Tellagami is a fun way to share animated messages. Customize your character and background. Change your character’s mood or outfit. Record your voice reciting your “All About Me” poem. Then share your Gami!
Here is an example of student work.
This video was created about me!
Random Acts of Kindness Day is an unofficial holiday celebrated each year on February 17. The purpose of this special day is to urge people to be kind to each other, especially those they don’t know, without any specific reason. Those who perform random acts of kindness often find that doing so reduces stress and boosts their self-esteem, leading to better physical and emotional health. As you perform random acts of kindness for others, you will likely find that some people wish to return the favor. Instead of accepting their offer, ask them to “pay it forward” instead. The phrase “pay it forward” refers to the idea of requesting that a kindness be repaid by having it done to others instead. In this small, simple way, you can encourage others to keep the kindness flowing!
I like Your Buttons by Sarah Marwil Lamstein, illustrated by Nancy Cote
- One Smile by Cindy McKinley
- Ordinary Mary’s Extraordinary Deed by Emily Pearson
- Enemy Pie by Derek Munson
- The Gold Coin by Alma Flor Ada
Be Kind! You Can Do it!
Generosity…’tis the season. This time of year we give gifts to show our appreciation and love for others. It is not always necessary to buy a gift. It is just as important to share ourselves with others. There are many ways to be charitable and unselfish. Read and listen to the books below to discover ways you can be generous without buying a present.
Listen to the story of a beautiful fish that learns to make friends by sharing his most prized possessions—his shimmering scales. For a printed version – click here. What is your most prized possession? Would you be willing to share it?
Read and listen to the Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. What were all the different ways the tree gave to the boy throughout his life? Even though the tree receives nothing in return, how does giving make the tree happy ?
- Have you ever given something away and later wished that you hadn’t?
- When you give something to someone, do you expect something in return?
- Would you give something you really need to someone you love if they really need it, too?
Click on the Gift Box. Write a gift to someone that doesn’t cost money. Color in the bow and the box.
Be inspired by the paper bag. Black Friday usually marks the start of holiday shopping. This year many stores are opening on Thursday. Give students the opportunity to “Respect the Turkey,” save the environment, and design a gift by offering them the opportunity to participate in the “Paper Bag” Challenge.
Kick-off the event with one or both of these books.
1. Did you know that Margaret Knight invented the machine for folding flat-bottom paper bags? These machines are still used today, and she didn’t stop there. This amazing woman received over 20 patents and conceive almost 100 different inventions and all during the 1800’s! In the Bag!: Margaret Knight Wraps It Up written by Monica Kulling is a wonderful biography for all ages.
2. Robert Munsch’ The Paper Bag Princess is another must read aloud. Princess Elizabeth is resourceful in a humorous fashion. This fairy tale provides a great twist and lesson for all.
Task: Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. Did you know that if every household reused a paper grocery bag 60,000 tress would be saved? Help reduce your family’s environmental footprint this holiday season by redefining a paper bag(s) into an original, ingenious gift! Make a present for someone using a paper bag(s).
Share this video, Ideas Recycling Bottles, to activate creative thinking for students.
“You got this in the bag!”
Another post on gratitude! You can never be too thankful.
November marks Thanksgiving and this month’s superpower, gratitude. Gratitude is being aware of and being thankful for the good things that happen; taking time to express thanks.
Grateful: A Love Song to the World – Musicians Patel and Nahmod brought dozens of people from around the world to create this song. They were inspired by the 21-Day Gratitude Challenge, and the song is a celebration of all that is a blessing in life. After 21 Days, people learn that “gratefulness” is a habit cultivated consciously and a muscle built over time. This music video, created within a week by a team of volunteers, displays all this is beautiful in our lives.
- Read about ‘An Unforgettable Classroom Exercise’ that a 4th grade teacher conducted with her students. Do the same for your class.
- Have students create a scrapbook and storyline similar to Lisa McCourt’s The Most Thankful Thing.
- Write down a few of the things you’re grateful for in this moment. Share them on the class blog.
- Create colorful turkeys. Have students create names for crayons or paint. Share names of colors and brainstorm how the creator came up with the colors. Use creativity to rename colors based on things they are thankful for. Ex. Dad’s Saucy Red, Soccer Field Green, Jennifer Blonde, etc. Students color in the crayons and display they on a bulletin board.
- Watch the Science of Happiness: An Experiment in Gratitude. Do the same experiment with your class.
After 14 months of traveling in 42 countries, it’s the story of a guy named Matt doing the gratitude dance with a cast of thousands around the globe … from the streets of Mumbai to a rock formation in Ireland to a tulip field in Netherlands!
The next time you’re tempted to complain, do the Gratitude Dance–actually DO it!–and see what happens.
Respect for others and a shared responsibility for each other, can change the world, but first we must change ourselves. If you have the desire and the time, you can “Change the World.”
We use our thoughts, words and actions to help others.
- We respect others opinions even we they are different from our own.
- We care about others rights and well-being.
- We set aside our own needs to help others.
- We understand that no one is more important or better than others. We are all equal.
- We wish others to have the same privileges as ourselves.
- We are fair and act honestly even when no one is watching.
It all starts with ourselves. Be responsible and you can “Change the World.”
Boxes for Katje By Candace Fleming and illustrated by Stacey Dressen-McQueen is based on real events involving a charitable effort that begins with a girl and her family who send a care package to Holland during World War II. The effort grows to envelop both communities. Host LeVar Burton introduces helping groups powered by young people—the Global Ambassadors, who build goodwill and do community service while learning about cultures through international communications and fundraising, and Backyard in a Box, youngsters who create and send kits to help kids in Hurricane Katrina devastated areas re-establish and enjoy their backyard. This episode demonstrates that acts of kindness and generosity, big and small, make a difference to people in need.
Out of honesty, compassion, and respect comes Responsibility. This includes both personal responsibility and public responsibility. Responsibility is about action, and it is also educate ourselves so we can live up to our full potential. Encourage students to bring in socks, soap and chocolate for an organization. Our school is planning on collecting these items for soldiers/veterans. The boxes will be on display and labeled as “BOXES FOR TROOPS.”
- Explore the interactive website by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.
- Role Play – Responsibility (Use as a discussion starter or a writing prompt.) You borrow a great book from your classroom. It’s a lot of fun to read. By accident, you spill chocolate milk on the book. It’s a mess. You take the book out of your book bag as soon as you get to your classroom. The teacher is busy. You could just take the book back to the shelf and leave it there. What should you do? Why?
- Visit Education-World.com for additional lesson ideas centered around the themes of citizenship, honesty, compassion, respect, responsibility, and courage.
- Research a region your SS class is studying. Find an organization to donate supplies to a family in need.
Every night in the United States an estimated 600,000 people live on the streets. This October, SoulPancake and Kid President want 2 million people to prove that even the smallest acts of love, like donating a pair of socks, can make a big difference in the lives of our neighbors who are homeless.
Socktober was launched by Kid President creator Brad Montague four years ago. It’s a movement to get kids and grown-ups to help the homeless in an easy, fun way.
Last year, more than 10,000 schools, families, businesses, and churches rallied together to bring Socktober to life. People from every state and continent have taken part in Socktober! This year, our school is participating and we are having a “Sock Drive” the last week in October! All of the socks we collect as a community will be donated to a local shelter.
What about your school? Take the challenge and make a difference in your community! Go here for all the information you need!
H/T to Ms. Kolesar!
Take the Sock Challenge. Leave your answer in the comments below!
courage (kur-ij, kuhr-ij)
(noun) The quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger or pain without fear; bravery.
Of the many positive character traits addressed in a character education curriculum, courage is foundational to helping students stand up for what is right, become leaders and achieve goals. Creating, acting out, analyzing and reflecting on scenarios that require courage can help students develop skills to resist negative peer pressure, speak out against injustice and make choices based on core values. Read more: Courage Scenarios to Use in the Classroom.
Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun written by Maria Dismondy, illustrated by Kim Shaw
“Lucy, Lucy, eats stinky food that puts us all in a big, bad mood!” How can Ralph be so mean, Lucy wonders? Lucy is one of a kind, and Ralph loves to point that out. Lucy’s defining moment comes when Ralph truly needs her help. Because she knows what she stands for, Lucy has the courage to make the right choice. This charming story empowers children to always do the right thing and to be proud of themselves even when they are faced with someone as challenging as Ralph.
There are many stories of bravery and courage. When have you taken yourself out of your comfort zone? What have you attempted and failed? Did you have the courage to try again? Got Grit? Prove it! Share your story below.
For older students the story of Malala Yousafzi demonstrates an undeniable courage:
At the age of 11, Malala Yousafzai took on theTaliban by giving voice to her dreams. As turbaned fighters swept through her town in northwestern Pakistan in 2009, the tiny schoolgirl spoke out about her passion for education — she wanted to become a doctor, she said — and became a symbol of defiance against Taliban subjugation. Read the article, Taliban Gun Down Girl Who Spoke Up for Rights by Declan Walsh. Class Dismissed Malala’s Story: A 2009 documentary by Adam B. Ellick profiled Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani girl whose school was shut down by the Taliban. Ms. Yousafzai was shot by a gunman on Oct. 9, 2012. Watch a piece of the documentary here or watch it below.
Teaching Tolerance offers a lesson titled Where We Stand, addresses the questions such as: How do you decide where to stand in a difficult situation? The lesson offers a vocabulary list, procedures and scenarios from the Scenario List (grades 3-5 or grades 6-8).
In July of 2014, two men jumped up onto Humpty Dumpty’s wall at the Enchanted Forest theme park located in Oregon to take a photo with the cement egg Humpty Dumpty, causing Humpty to accidentally fall, and shatter into many pieces!
True to the old fairytale, the giant statue of Humpty Dumpty will not be able to be put back together again. Not even with all the king’s horses, nor all the king’s men! The two men that broke the statue were honest about the accident. They went to the owners and explained the accident and agreed to pay for a new Humpty Dumpty! View images and read the article, Humpty Dumpty to be recreated at Enchanted Forest here!
Cheating in class is a widespread problem. It affects the cheater and all who feel pressured to participate. One person making a decision to be honest can make a big difference! Watch Honesty, Pass it on. The Foundation for a Better Life
Respond to one of the following questions and respond to two of your classmates responses. Please refer to the blog rubric below and remember to post keep!
- Do you consider yourself to be an honest person? Why?
- What risks are involved in being honest? What risks are involved in being dishonest?
- How do you benefit from being an honest person?
- What does honesty have to do with your character?
- When people are dishonest with you, how does it make you feel?
- What is your definition of an honest person?
- How important is it to you that your friends be honest?
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