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Mr. Griggs' Work
The students will learn about the importance of responsibility, dependability, punctuality, honesty, and effort in the workplace through the reading of the book Mr. Griggs' Work. The students will have the opportunity to explore these character traits in their own work setting.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–5 Guidance)
By William Hodge.
Angry words: What goes around comes around
This is a simple, concrete lesson to illustrate the power of anger to travel from one person to another and to linger in the environment even after the immediate emotion is gone. Strategies for coping with angry feelings are shared.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–5 Guidance)
By Judy Lavore.
Animal friends
This lesson helps students explore personal beliefs and feelings toward others. Students will examine stereotypes and how they influence interactions. The lesson emphasizes peer relationships, awareness of feelings, understanding/accepting differences and self-knowledge.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–5 Guidance)
By Beth Lindsey.
Assertiveness for students
This lesson will introduce middle school students to assertive behavior as a tool for dealing with disagreements or conflicts with others.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 Guidance)
By Nicki Neumann.
Bio-Poem introductions
Bio-Poems can be used at the beginning of school as an opening activity for the first week of school. They can also be used anytime throughout the year when introductions are necessary (e.g. change of semester class, new students, etc.). In this lesson students will use the writing process as well as computer word processing skills. This activity ensures success and builds self-esteem.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–7 Guidance)
By Linda Taylor.
Building friendships
The class will listen to the counselor/teacher read the book: "Enemy Pie" by Derek Munson and a discussion will follow. This lesson will be summarized by listening to the students share their friendship recipes created from the new ideas learned from "Enemy Pie." An example of "Friendship Pie" is attached.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–5 Guidance)
By Julia Efland.
Character education: Honesty
This lesson will focus on two character education traits - honesty and friendship. During this lesson the students will conduct a character analysis and link prior knowledge to help understand the story.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–5 English Language Arts and Guidance)
By LaTina Robinson.
Character education: What would you do?
This lesson is designed to teach character development, problem solving, and teamwork. It can also be used with exceptional students in a high school setting.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–7 Guidance)
Collecting family stories
Students will interview relatives and compose a family story on the computer. This lesson was completed in conjunction with two other lesson plans (art and media) using the same theme but could be used alone. Student work from all three lessons was compiled in a student portfolio.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–5 English Language Arts, Guidance, and Social Studies)
By Amy Honeycutt, Chris Furry, and Diana Hicks.
Conflict resolution/Self-discipline
Students will define the character trait self-discipline by listening to the story Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes. They will then learn a 3R strategy: Retreat, Rethink, and React, in order to handle conflicts. This strategy can be applied to the events in this story.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–5 Guidance)
The control game
The control game is an experiential, hands on opportunity for students to explore their ideas about personal control and influence in their own lives and their control and influence in the lives of others.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 Guidance)
By Wendy Logan.
Cooperation, trust, and interdependence
This activity involves two group initiatives designed to give students the opportunity to experience what it is like to depend on others for their safety. These initiatives will be used to explore trust, cooperation and interdependence while using problem-solving skills and effective communication.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 Guidance)
By Laura Janson.
Creating community in the classroom: Part 1 (setting goals )
This series of lessons is designed to help develop a sense of classroom community. Group goal-setting, brainstorming, peer feedback, group decision-making, positive reinforcement, and positive peer pressure are used to create a safe, supportive environment for learning in the classroom.

In Part 1, students are introduced to the goal-setting process. They will practice the first step of the process as they set individual and class behavioral goals.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1–8 Guidance)
By Pat Nystrom.
Creating community in the classroom: Part 2 (cooperative planning)
This series of lessons is designed to help develop a sense of classroom community through use of group goal-setting, decision-making, brainstorming, peer feedback, positive reinforcement, and positive peer pressure. The lessons will help students create and maintain a supportive environment for learning. Part 1 focused on goal-setting process and practice. In Part 2, students will apply knowledge of the goal-setting process by cooperatively creating a plan to work on group goals.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–8 Guidance)
By Pat Nystrom.
Creating community in the classroom: Part 3 (monitoring progress)
This series of lessons is designed to help develop a sense of classroom community through use of group goal-setting, decision-making, brainstorming, peer feedback, positive reinforcement, and positive peer pressure. The lessons will help students create and maintain a supportive environment for learning. Part 1 focused on goal-setting process and practice. In Part 2, students applied knowledge of the goal-setting process and cooperatively created a plan to work on short-term group goals. In part 3, students will monitor the effects of their plan by determining whether short term goals are being achieved.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–8 Guidance)
By Pat Nystrom.
Creating community in the classroom: Part 4 (rewarding improvement)
The fourth lesson in a series on improving classroom learning climate, this lesson provides an opportunity to evaluate student progress and to provide positive reinforcement for improvements in behavior. Using a one to ten continuum, students will subjectively evaluate class progress on the ten adjectives listed as class climate goals. After this process, students will publicly recognize those classmates who have helped the class improve or who have personally improved.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–8 Guidance)
By Pat Nystrom.
Educating leaders for tomorrow
The intent of this lesson is to demonstrate the need for (student) citizens to assume learning and leading roles and behaviors that will better ensure a successful future.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2–3 Social Studies)
By David Newsome.
Fact versus opinion: Maintaining self-esteem
Distinguishing between fact and opinion is important for students to understand. This lesson uses many interesting and concrete examples to help students tell the difference between the two.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–5 Guidance)
By Scott Ertl.
A friend, starting with you!
This lesson helps students learn about themselves and how good a friend they are to others. It helps children identify their own special talents and characteristics while showing the importance of good self-esteem in making new friends.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–5 Guidance)
By Sara Smith.
Getting along with others
This lesson introduces the key concepts of cooperation, peer relations, interpersonal skills, getting along with others, and team-building.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–5 Guidance and Healthful Living)
By Scott Ertl.