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.