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postheadericon Teaching Character Traits- Trustworthiness

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.

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 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

The Gold Coin by Alma Flor Ada

A Day's Work by Eve Bunting

Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel by Virginia Burton

The Principal's New Clothes by Stephanie Calmenson

My Big Lie by Bill Cosby

The Empty Pot by Demi

Jamaica's Find by Juanita Havill

A Bargain for Frances by Russell Hoban

Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook by Barbara Park

The Honest to GoodnessTruth by Patricia McKissack

Brave Irene by William Steig

Sam Tells Stories by Thierry Robberecht


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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.

Writing Journal:

  • 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?

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