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Educator Station has moved to third grade! I am so excited to begin a new school year in a new grade level.
It has been fun picking out my classroom rules posters, my behavior clip chart, and organizing my classroom has been a lot of work, but I have enjoyed every minute of it! Seeing everything nice and clean and organized is a great feeling.
I thought I would share some of the things I have been working on to get the new year going.
First, I want to implement character traits into my daily routine. Each month, I would like to choose a trait to model and read about throughout the month. When I see students exhibiting the trait, they will get a "Caught Being Good" ticket. At the end of each week, I will pick from my "Caught Being Good" container and those students will get to go to the prize box. Each child, that is chosen for the prizebox, will be complimented and celebrated each Friday. This is just a little way to acknowledge and celebrate each child in the classroom.
Below are the Caught Being Good Tickets. Click on the image below to download them.
Mrs. Castro posted about teaching monthly character traits with a literature list to use along with each character trait. Click HERE to see that post.
I also ordered these red stools from IKEA. I have them around my teacher table and my students love sitting on them.
The stools are working out so well, I decided to order more of them for my computer center.
So, I would say we are off to a great start! I have a great classroom filled with wonderful students. Thrid grade is off to a great start!
Do you start your day off with a morning message each day? I find this is a great way to start the day.
Educator Station will be posting new things throughout the school year. Hope you are all off to a great start in this new school year!
This month we are learning how to be caring individuals.
November is a great month to teach Random Act of Kindness.
May – Cooperation
Let's take a closer look at November- Kindness. I've compiled a list of books to use throughout the month. I will also give you some ideas for activities that can be done to reinforce the trait.
Books that teach Kindness
One Grain of Rice
The Teddy Bear
A Sick Day for Amos McGee
Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters: an African tale
Uncle Willie and the Soup Kitchen
Bear Feels Sick
Stand in My Shoes
Kindness Is Cooler, Mrs. Ruler
What a Kind person looks like:
- compassionate and show they care
- express gratitude
- forgive others
- help people in need
Have the children gather in a large circle and throw a ball to another person in the circle. When they throw the ball, have them say something kind to the other person. That person then throws the ball to another person and says something kind. Make sure everyone has a turn (both hears and says something kind). For the second round, explain they need to say something nice about themselves and allow time for everyone to have a turn.
- Gratitude Journal- Who/What are you grateful for?
- Thank You Letter- Write a letter to someone who has given you something or done something kind.
Last month I posted about my monthly character education units that I am starting this year with my students. Here's a look at how I set up each month.
May – Cooperation
This month I will give you an overview of October- Trustworthiness. I've compiled a list of books to use throughout the month. I will also give you some ideas for activities that can be done to reinforce the trait.
Books that teach trustworthiness
What a trustworthy person looks like:
honest, tells the truth, keeping promises and being loyal so people can trust you.
Trustworthy people don't lie, cheat or steal.
They have integrity and the moral courage to do the right thing and stand up for their beliefs even when it is hard to do so.
- What makes a trustworthy friend?
- What are some ways you can be a friend who is trusted?
- Why is it important to keep your word?
- Make a list of book or TV characters that are not trustworthy. Talk about why they are not trustworthy.
- How do you feel when you plan a game with someone who cheats?
- Who are some people that you can trust?
I am starting a monthly character education unit with my students this year. Social skills are such an important part of first grade that it's only fitting to begin right away. Use the beginning of the year to set classroom climate and start to build students' character. I don't have a curriculum that I'm working off of. I will be teaching each trait using read-alouds and interactive activities. At the end of the month 1 student will be selected as a student model. That student will have proven that he/she has demonstrated the trait qualities all month. There may be times that more than one student is worthy of the acknowledgement and will also be recognized. I made a list of 10 character traits and placed one trait into each month September-June. These can really go in any order this is just my way of setting them up.
May – Cooperation
This month I will give you an overview of September- Responsibility. I've compiled a list of books to use throughout the month. I will also give you some ideas for activities that can be done to reinforce the trait.
This is the time to assign classroom jobs/duties. Students should be taught how to do each job through modeling. Use circle time to teach each of your classroom responsibilities. Explain through role play, showing what is acceptable and what is not acceptable. Pinterest has many different options for setting up your classroom jobs and there are many FREE downloads available at TPT.
Books that teach responsibility
The Emperor’s Egg: Read and Wonder by Martin Jenkins
The Pigsty by Mark Teague
I Just Forgot by Mercer Mayer
The Paperboy by Dav Pilkey
Strega Nona by Tomie dePaola
Arthur’s Pet Business by Marc Brown
Know and Follow the Rules by Cheri J. Meiners M.Ed
The Way I Act by Steve Metzger
How To Be Responsible Person
Be reliable and dependable
Demonstrate Self Control
Take care of your own business
Finish what you start
Take responsibility for your actions
Make smart choices
Praise worthy Focus Traits
Ready to Learn
Model of Good Behavior
Radical Hand Raiser
Spot on Participation
Here a prettier sample of a responsibility anchor chart.
- Make a list of your responsibilities at home.
- Make a list of your responsibilities at school.
- Write about how it makes you feel when somebody doesn't do what they said they would do.
- Describe someone you think is very responsible. How does that person act? What do you like about that person?