Character education is so important, but it can be difficult to fit it into to an already chock-full schedule. This resource is a year-long character education program that will impact your students in big ways - but won't take up tons of valuable class time. In just a few minutes each day, you can reinforce key concepts, foster independent thinking, and allow students to reflect on how their actions and words affect the world.
UPDATED! THE ORDER OF MONTHS/VALUES IS NOW EDITABLE!
•Interactive Table of Contents
→ The clickable table of contents allows you to easily navigate the document and find exactly what you need.
•Character Calendars: 12 Months
→ These reproducible calendars can be copied for each student. The calendar dates are blank so they can be used year after year. Each calendar includes a quote of the month and a value of the month.
•Monthly Reflection Pages
→ The monthly reflection pages can be copied for each student. Give students a few minutes each month to reflect on the value of the month. There is space for them to find examples of the value in text and in real life. This can be done in class, either independently or in small collaborative groups, or as a homework assignment.
•Cut-Apart Calendar Cards: Version 1 - Explicit Exercises
→ The cut-apart calendar cards allow your students to interact with their calendars as they reflect on how the values have impacted their lives each day. Version 1 includes explicit exercises for students to complete to build each core value.
→ The exercises are designed to be specific enough to be clear and achievable by students, but general enough to work in any classroom or home setting.
→ There are 7 distinct exercises on each cut-apart page. Activities can be repeated more than once, and this allows for students to easily snip off one card without having tons of tiny pieces floating around!
•Ways to Develop Character: Anchor Charts
→ There is one anchor chart to correspond with each monthly cut-apart calendar page. The anchor chart includes each of the explicit exercises to develop each value. The charts can be used as a tool to discuss ways to build character. For each exercise, brainstorm specific examples of what it might look like in "real life".
•Cut-Apart Calendar Cards: Version 2 - Icon Only
→ Version 2 allows you and your students a little more flexibility in using the cards. Each day, set aside a few minutes, or use transitional times, to have students reflect. If they feel they have displayed a core value, they can cut off one of the cards and glue it onto their calendar. The small box at the top left provides room to write the date. You could also have students use a card to recognize a classmate who has positively impacted their day by displaying one of the core values. Use the optional weekly reflection pages for students to elaborate on why they chose to mark that day on the calendar.
•Ways to Build Character: Anchor Charts (Blank Version)
→ These blank anchor charts correspond with the monthly cut-apart calendar card pages. As a class, or in small groups, brainstorm ways to demonstrate each value. The anchor charts can then be posted for student reference.
•Weekly Reflection Pages
→ The weekly reflection pages allow your students to think about their week and how the core values were demonstrated. You might ask them to reflect on their own behavior, or that of their classmates.
•Bulletin Board Display Banners
→ 4 banners to use on a bulletin board display for your character calendars.
•Character Kudos: Shout-Out Cards
→ The character kudos cards allow you to celebrate great acts of character. This is a great way to recognize individual students for their efforts. These could be filled out either by the teacher, or by the students who wish to recognize their peers.
•Value of the Month Posters
→ The value of the month posters correspond with the monthly calendar values. Post one each month, or create a year-long character board.
•Quote of the Month Posters
→ The quote of the month posters correspond with the monthly calendar quotes. Post one each month, or create a year-long quote board.
→ One blank, editable cut-apart calendar card page
→ Blank, Editable "Ways to Show Values" Anchor Charts
→ Editable Character Kudos Cards
→ NEW!!! After many requests, I have now included an EDITABLE file allowing you to change the MONTH for each value! This allows you to shuffle the order of the values to align with your existing character education program, or simply to better fit your needs!
The editable pages are included in a separate PDF file within the zip file to allow easy access to the customizable features.
CORE VALUES IN THIS RESOURCE:
This engaging and interactive resource will help you teach your students core values, develop citizenship, and reinforce your behavior management plan in an authentic and meaningful way.
MAKE SURE TO DOWNLOAD THE PREVIEW FILE FOR AN IN-DEPTH LOOK AT THE COMPONENT PARTS OF THIS RESOURCE.
This resource is recommended for grades 3 and up.
You may also be interested in my Daily Character Journal for Upper Elementary! Click here to check it out.
My new Quote Posters are also a fabulous complement to this resource! These motivational posters are available in color and black and white, as well as in a bundled pack. Click here to check them out.
© Blair Turner 2014
Materials are intended for personal use in one classroom only. For use in multiple classrooms, please purchase additional licenses.