Monthly Character Education Lessons

  • May Character Education Lesson

    Posted by Ramona Ramesar on 5/31/2019

    May’s Character Education Theme: Keeping Calm

    Our last character education lesson for the year was all about keeping calm. We read Soda Pop Head, by Julia Cook. Students loved this funny, but helpful story about learning how to Keep Calm when we feel like we are going to blow our bottle cap! We talked about how feeling sad, mad, frustrated, etc. are all normal feelings, but how we express them makes a huge difference! We learned some ways to calm ourselves down such as: taking deep breaths, going for a walk, listening to music, thinking about something fun, talking with a friend or Ms. Ramesar, punching a pillow, kicking a soccer ball, and many other safe and healthy ways to get out anger or frustration. After a great discussion we decorated a soda bottle with ways we keep calm. Students also learned a Keep Calm breathing technique we called Pizza Breathing. Pizza Breathing is when you pretend to have a delicious slice of pizza in front of you, take a deep breath in to smell the pizza, then exhale out to cool down the pizza. Students did a great job practicing!

    This was such a fantastic year for character education lessons, I loved going into the classrooms every month to spend time with students and teach some fun lessons!

    Keep Calm

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  • April Character Education Lesson

    Posted by Ramona Ramesar on 4/30/2019

    April’s Character Education Theme: Sportsmanship & Teamwork

    April’s character education lesson was all about showing good sportsmanship and using good teamwork skills! This month we read Teamwork Isn’t My Thing, and I Don’t Like to Share, by Julia Cook. During our lesson we discussed what teamwork means and the difference between good and bad sportsmanship. We discovered that working together in school/class was just like playing on a sports team, we all have to work together, communicate, and support one another both on and off the field. To show how communication affects teamwork we conducted an experiment; the class was split into teams of 3-4 to work as a team to silently put together a puzzle, then they put together another puzzle using verbal communication. We found that it was much easier to work together using our words to solve the puzzle as a team. Students also showed great sportsmanship during our experiment! Keep up the good work team!

    Puzzle Pieces

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  • March Character Education Lesson

    Posted by Ramona Ramesar on 4/1/2019

    March’s Character Education Theme: Tattling vs. Reporting

    In March we learned about the difference between tattling on someone for a little problem and reporting a big problem. We began by discussing what it meant to tattle on someone then what it meant to report a problem. Students did a perfect job explaining the differences; tattling is what you do when something isn’t a big deal, a little problem that you can handle on your own. Reporting is what you do when there is a big problem that you need an adult to help fix, like if someone is hurt or crying. We read Don’t Squeal Unless It’s a Big Deal, by Jeanie Franz Ransom. After our story we read some practice scenarios as a class to determine if a situation was tattling or reporting. Finally, the students went back to their desks to draw or write examples of tattling and reporting. This is definitely a topic to keep learning about!

    Tattling vs Reporting

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  • February Character Education Lesson

    Posted by Ramona Ramesar on 3/1/2019

    February’s Character Education Theme: Diversity & Saying Nice Words

    February was a very busy month, celebrating Children’s Appreciation Week and Dr. Seuss! This month we learned about Diversity and Saying Nice Words. We all read Sneetches, by Dr. Seuss! Our lesson began by discussing what diversity means, how people are different from one another, and what makes people special. Students came up with so many great answers and questions! As we read Sneetches, students were able to explain how the Sneetches were feeling and relate issues about diversity and including others. After our story every student in Beechwood decorated a star showing how wonderful it is to be different and/or expressing nice words. Our stars will be posted in the hallway by the gym as our next school-wide project!

    We Are All Stars!

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  • January Character Education Lesson

    Posted by Ramona Ramesar on 1/29/2019

    January’s Character Education Theme: Honesty & Responsibility

    For the start of the New Year we learned about what it means to be honest and responsible. Kindergarten and 1st grade read the story, The Boy Who Cried Bigfoot! By, Scott Magoon. While we read the story we used Jenga blocks to show how strong the tower is when all of the blocks are there, a block was removed with each lie the boy told in the story, making the tower easier to fall, it was explained to students that when a lie is told the person may become less trustworthy and people may not believe them all the time. 2nd grade read The Empty Pot by, Demi. This was a great story about how being honest can show that we are trustworthy and reliable individuals which may often reap benefits. Following the story, students were given a picture of a flower in a flower pot on which they wrote or drew pictures about showing honesty and/or responsibility. These are great topics to keep an open conversation about at home and at school!

    This month's books

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  • December Character Education Lesson

    Posted by Ramona Ramesar on 12/21/2018

    December’s Character Education Theme: Perseverance & Problem Solving

    For December’s lesson, we learned about what it means to show perseverance and to have good problem solving skills. Kindergarten read The Most Magnificent Thing, by Ashley Spires. In this book we saw what it meant to show perseverance, not giving up even when we feel frustrated. 1st and 2nd grade watched a video from Kid President, 20 Things We Should Say More Often. Here we learned about things such as using our manners, being silly, and encouraging others as well as encouraging ourselves. Students had a good laugh while learning a valuable lesson! Students also decorated a shield in ways that represented them showing perseverance or being a good problem solver. Our shields represented using our perseverance to protect us from giving up and helping us to reach our goals. I encourage you to talk about perseverance and the importance of never giving up at home!

     Perseverance Shield

    Have a wonderful holiday!

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  • November Character Education Lesson

    Posted by Ramona Ramesar on 12/3/2018

    November’s Character Education Theme: Respect and Thankfulness

    This month we learned about what it means to be thankful. Kindergarten read The Thank You Book (An Elephant and Piggie Book), by Mo Willems, and 1st & 2nd graders read Those Shoes, by Maribeth Boelts. To show how much good character pops up all over Beechwood we are creating a brand new school-wide project which will be displayed in the hallway by the Media Center, check it out on our Twitter later this week! I also reviewed BEST and Listening Position with each classroom, everyone did a great job remembering these Social Decision- Making and Problem Solving Skills! Please encourage your kids to share these skills at home as well!

    • BEST
      • B-Body Posture
      • E- Eye Contact
      • S- Say Nice Words
      • T- Tone of Voice
    • Listening Position
      • Sit or stand up straight
      • Face the speaker or source of sound
      • Look toward the speaker or source of sound

    Good Character is Popping up Everywhere!

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  • October Character Education Lesson

    Posted by Ramona Ramesar on 10/30/2018

    October’s Character Education Theme: Red Ribbon Week and Making Good Choices

    This month we celebrated Red Ribbon Week with our good choices paper chain on which students wrote good/healthy choices they promise to make. We also had an assembly teaching us about using mental martial arts to make good choices and put an end to bullying. As we continued to celebrate this month’s theme we had a wonderful spirit week showing off our red clothes, favorite hats, most successful looking attire, favorite sports shirts, and our silliest socks! Finally, during the last week of October I went into each classroom for our monthly Character Education Lesson. Starting this month I will be going into classrooms myself to provide all Character Education/Social Emotional Learning lessons for K-2 where I will also hand out our monthly Character Education Awards! Students did a wonderful job as we learned about making good choices, feelings, Listening Position, and BEST. Check out the Beechwood Guidance Twitter for some pictures!

    Feeling Faces

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  • September Character Education Lesson

    Posted by Ramona Ramesar on 10/2/2018

    September's Character Education Theme: Respect and Feelings

    This month student's read the book One, by Kathryn Otoshi and discussed the importance of recognizing feelings and showing respect to others as well as to themselves.

    Look out for our completed school-wide puzzle project on the Mountainside Guidance Twitter page!

    I will also be visiting each classroom to explain the state’s Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying law followed by a brief discussion about bullying, showing respect, and the importance of recycling (showing respect for our Earth).

    Beechwood Word Puzzle

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