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postheadericon Teaching Character Traits- Responsibility

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.

September- Responsibility


November- Kindness

December- Respect


February- Fairness

March- Courage

April- Determination

May – Cooperation

June- Sportsmanship

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 Signmaker's Assistant by Tedd Arnold 
The Messy Room by Stan and Jan Berenstain

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


Anchor Chart

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

Rule Follower

Model of Good Behavior

Radical Hand Raiser

Spot on Participation

Hard Worker



Here a prettier sample of a responsibility anchor chart.


Writing Journal:

  • 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?


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