This character education bundle includes 8 weeks (40 lessons) of character education lesson plans and printables teaching social skills, social emotional learning and life lessons centered around a "hero of the week." The lessons are suitable for K-2 and can be customized to suit a 10-15 minute or 15-20 minute block. This bundle will also include weeks 9-13, coming this Fall, but you pay only for the current weeks, with the others added free as they are completed.
This character education curriculum coordinates with the Kindergarten Heroes curriculum but can be used as stand-alone lessons as well.
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"I was surprised how invested the kids got in the lives we were studying. Great examples of perseverance and tenacity." - Heather G. May 2019
- Week 1 - Heroes Learn (Introductory Week)
- Week 2 - Heroes Explore (Like Aviator Amelia Earhart)
- Week 3 - Heroes Ask Questions (Like Oceanographer Jacques Cousteau)
- Week 4 - Heroes Show Humility (Like Mountain Climber Sir Edmund Hillary)
- Week 5 - Heroes Pay Attention (Like Egyptologist Howard Carter)
- Week 6 - Heroes are Proactive (Like Paleontologist Mary Anning)
- Week 7 - Heroes Advocate (Like Primatologist Jane Goodall)
- Week 8 - Heroes are Honest (Like Astronomer Galileo Galilei)
- Weeks 9-13 - Coming Fall 2019 - No Charge - Free Updates
- Cape of Character Bulletin Board Decor (included in Week 1's packet)
- ABCs of a Hero
- Calming Strategy Posters
- Animal Feeling Flashcards
- Caught in Character Character Recognition Notebook (included in Week 1's packet)
- Hero Helpers Classroom Jobs (included in Week 1's packet)
- Character Quest Map (included in Week 1's packet)
WEEK 1 (Heroes Learn)
- Day 1: We introduce the character trait “Learn”.
- Day 2: We review the “H” in the HERO Rules (help and receive help).
- Day 3: We review the “E” in our HERO Rules (enjoy the moments). We’ll build enthusiasm for learning by creating our Character Quest Map.
- Day 4: We review the “R” in the HERO Rules (respect yourself and others) and discuss rules and why they’re good for us as learners. We’ll extend with a lesson on WISE choices.
- Day 5: Friday we discuss the “O” in the HERO rules: overcoming obstacles. We introduce the Hero Trouble Spots and Escape Routes, which we will be studying throughout the year. We’ll close with a “crowning ceremony” for the “Learn” character trait and extend with activities that continue building optimism for learning.
WEEK 2 (Heroes Explore - Amelia Earhart)
- Day 1: We introduce the character trait “Explore” and the SEL Strategy “Engage Your Superhero Vision.”
- Day 2: We Meet the Hero. You’ll introduce students to Amelia Earhart.
- Day 3: We Think About the Hero and practice our character trait of exploration.
- Day 4: We Learn From the Hero and learn about how heroes prepare in order to achieve their goals.
- Day 5: We practice empathy for others and helping others within different situations. We’ll close with a “crowning ceremony” for the “Explore” character trait.
WEEK 3 (Heroes Ask Questions - Jacques Cousteau)
- Day 1: We introduce the SEL Strategy “Rest in the Sea of Possibility” Students will review the emotion of disappointment and discuss it in view of common scenarios many children face. There is an option to extend with a mini-lesson on the changing nature of feelings.
- Day 2: We Meet the Hero. You’ll introduce students to Jacques Cousteau and the character trait of the week (ask questions).
- Day 3: We Think About the Hero and practice our character trait of asking questions by practicing question words.
- Day 4: We Learn From the Hero and take our questioning to new levels when we ask questions about a real-life issues - drilling in Antarctica. Students will learn about Antarctica (a place near to Cousteau’s heart) and think about questions they’d ask to decide whether to renew or repeal the Antarctic Treaty when it comes up in 2048.
- Day 5: We will discuss continue to practice flexible thinking by working through mistakes. We’ll practice with a lesson on “Beautiful Oops” - turning mistakes into treasures. We’ll close with a “crowning ceremony” for the “Ask Questions” character trait.
WEEK 4 (Heroes Are Modest/Show Humility - Sir Edmund Hillary)
- Day 1: We Meet the Hero. You’ll introduce students to Sir Edmund Hillary and the character trait of the week (be modest / show humility).
- Day 2: We introduce the SEL Strategy “Take the Hope Float.” You’ll review the emotion of feeling unsure of oneself (“not enough rut”) and build a HOPE flipbook.
- Day 3: We Think About the Hero. You’ll practice the character trait of modesty/humility as a team because teamwork takes humility! You’ll work togther to create a collaborative art piece.
- Day 4: We Learn From the Hero. You’ll review the emotion of sadness in the life of the hero and reflect on things you can do when sad and also the changing nature of feelings as sadness comes and goes.
- Day 5: We introducing the concept that “you don’t need a medal to know you’re someone special” and talk about bragging. We’ll close with a “crowning ceremony” for the “Show Modesty (Humility)” character trait.
WEEK 5 (Heroes Pay Attention - Howard Carter)
- Day 1: We Meet the Hero. You’ll introduce students to Howard Carter and the character trait of the week (paying attention).
- Day 2: We introduce the SEL Strategy of the week (Climb Aboard the Chunka Chunka Choo Choo). You’ll review the emotion of overwhelm (“Too Much Mountain”) and practice breaking down and sequencing tasks.
- Day 3: We Think About the Hero. The lesson involves paying attention to ones’ surroundings to stay safe. We review environmental hazards and complete a journal entry.
- Day 4: We Learn From the Hero. Students will learn that when they pay attention to our work, they can enjoy it more. Students will practice focusing and paying attention to directions with a directed drawing activity.
- Day 5: We introducing the concept of whole body listening and play a fun game where students have to notice and remember changes with several variations. We’ll close with a “crowning ceremony” for the “Pay Attention” character trait.
WEEK 6 (Heroes Are Proactive - Mary Anning)
- Day 1: We Meet the Hero. You’ll introduce students to Mary Anning and the character trait of the week (being proactive).
- Day 2: We introduce the SEL Strategy of the week (Dig into the Common Ground) and play a questioning game to find similarities and differences among classmates (and/or family members for homeschoolers).
- Day 3: We Think About the Hero. This lesson helps students recognize big emotions and introduces them to twelve calming strategies. Students complete a journal entry on the character trait of the week.
- Day 4: We Learn From the Hero. Many people were unfair with Mary by not giving her proper credit for her work. Today’s lesson involves practicing four ways to play fair. Extend the lesson with a journal entry on the character trait of the week.
- Day 5: We practice identifying common ground in interpersonal conflict scenarios. Using a “Dig into the Common Ground” game, students will think and learn about what two parties have in common, even when they disagree. We’ll close with a “crowning ceremony” for the “Be Proactive” character trait and add the sixth “destination” to the Character Quest Map!
WEEK 7 (Heroes Advocate - Jane Goodall)
- Day 1: We Meet the Hero. You’ll introduce students to Jane Goodall and the character trait of the week (heroes advocate). You’ll read and review a short bio and students will complete a journal entry for their Character Ed notebook and color a booklet about Jane.
- Day 2: We introduce the SEL Strategy of the week (Climb the Ladder of Learning). You’ll review the emotion of confusion with our Hero Trouble Spot “Maze of Confusion”). Students will practice thinking like an advocate with an activity on endangered animals.
- Day 3: We Think About the Hero. Students think about how Jane used her powers of observation to understand. They’ll practice making observations of faces and situations to decipher emotions.
- Day 4: We Learn From the Hero. There were many ‘unwritten’ rules in chimp society. Likewise, there are hidden rules in human society, too! Today you’ll work with students to understand and identify some common hidden rules.
- Day 5: Just like humans, chimps could be both kind and unkind to each other. Jane’s advocacy was based on her choice to be kind. Friday’s lesson encourages students to likewise choose kindness. The week closes with a “crowning ceremony” for the character trait of advocacy.
WEEK 8 Heroes Are Honest - Galileo Galilei)
- Day 1: We Meet the Hero. You’ll introduce students to Galileo Galilei and the character trait of the week (honesty). Students will practice evaluating honesty scenarios.
- Day 2: We introduce the SEL Strategy of the week (Reach Out with the Talk-It Rocket). You’ll review the emotion of pride (“Prideful Blindfold”) and learn how to evaluate and constrain words before they are spoken. A fun hands-on activity highlights the need to T.H.I.N.K. before you speak.
- Day 3: We Think About the Hero. Students learn how to speak their needs (truths) assertively and how that differs from passive or aggressive communication. Students review “cosmic conflict” scenarios and build “I Messages.”
- Day 4: We Learn From the Hero. Galileo loved outer space, but today, students will learn the importance of personal space! They will think about how not to be “personal space invaders” and apply the concepts with a fun activity that gets students up and moving.
- Day 5: We talk about honesty in the context of apologizing when wrong. Students learn and practice making five-step apologies through role play. The week closes with a “crowning ceremony” for the character trait of honesty.
FUTURE UNITS (FREE)
The following units are not currently available but will be added free of charge to your bundle. These units will be added Fall 2019. This bundle's pricing reflects only the first 8 weeks.
- Heroes Work Hard (Like Water Quality Entrepreneur Olivia Lum)
- Heroes are Optimistic (Like Inventor George Washington Carver)
- Heroes Share Knowledge (Like Printing Press Inventor Johannes Gutenberg)
- Heroes Have Altruism (Like Jonas Salk, Discoverer of the Polio Vaccine)
- Heroes Verify and Test (Like Scientist Nikola Tesla)
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