Thursday, November 6, 2014

My Character Counts! {Teaching Social Skills}

If you're anything like me, you ask yourself, "How can I fit teaching social skills into my routine?"
With ALL of the standards, testing, and daily school routines, this can be hard to do!

With that said, I wanted to share something that I am doing with my students with you.
It's called, "My Character Counts" and it's by my good friend, Peggy Means from Primary Flourish.

There are 6 Pillars of Character in this unit {which are CCSS aligned & includes 2 lessons per pillar}
We'll learn about Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring & Citizenship.

I've just introduced this unit to my class and & super excited!
Over the next 12 weeks we'll do a lesson every Friday so that we'll have an ongoing conversation regarding the different pillars.

I started by getting some journals. I used these because they look like super hero journals and I am calling them, "I'm a Super Friend"
I started by talking to my students about why we are making these journals and what the importance of being a good friend is. Not only that, my students were making all kinds of connections to what it means to be a productive and happy person!
I projected two of the visuals so that we could talk about the similarities and differences of being trustworthy with parents and friends.

Then it was time to cut! These journals are interactive!
Then on to pasting! They were doing a great job!
My kids were real into loving the interactiveness!
Then it was time to think, write, and reflect!

 What an awesome answer!
I let them color the images to make them super excited about their journals!

Then, I put some of this week's visuals in a pocket chart so that the kids could refer back to it! 
I am ALL about anchor charts!
There are so so so many great visual pieces to this unit!
 At the end of the 12 weeks, the students will receive a bookmark to remind them that their character counts!

I encourage you to check this unit out from Peggy! 
Grab my cover for FREE here! You can use mine, or a matching one for Peggy's title.

1 comment:

  1. Melissa, I am so delighted to see that this unit is being a blessing to your students! I love your cover for the INB! Thank you for sharing all the pictures!

    Peggy at Primary Flourish