Courage Character Education | Social Emotional Learning | Social Skills
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Courage is an amazing trait to teach students. Being brave and facing fears with confidence takes practice. Teaching courage will help students believe in their abilities, have the confidence to work hard in your classroom, and act despite their fears!
This courage resource is part of a Character Education or Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Curriculum that you can use for the entire year. It's filled with meaningful lessons, materials, hands-on activities, anchors charts, bulletin board materials, parent letters, and more. The materials in this resource will cover your Character Education or SEL time for the entire month!
*Coming soon: Friendship and Integrity
**A digital version is also included for use with Google Classroom.**
With the digital version, you have the option to go 100% paperless.
This is a comprehensive resource that has wide variety of tools to teach and promote courage in your classroom. Included in this print and digital resource:
Courage Pacing Guide: This pacing guide organizes your entire month of lessons. It will help you plan and set aside enough time to complete the curriculum with your students.
Courage Parent Letter: Use this letter to get parents and other family members involved so they can reinforce the character education lessons at home. This letter provides parents with tools to help parents or guardians explain, model, and praise courage at home. Additionally, it includes a list of books and movies that promote courage.
Courage Read Alouds: Choose to read any or all of the read aloud texts that teach different aspects of courage. Each book makes for a great discussion. I’ve included links to each book for you to check out.
Courage Bulletin Boards: Introduce courage to your students with a beautiful bulletin board display. Keep this display in your classroom for the entire month that you are teaching courage. Everything you need to create the display is included. I also include pictures of completed examples for you to follow.
Courage Anchor Chart: Introduce courage and create a useful reference for your students. It’s a great way to keep learning accessible to students. Students can refer back to this anchor chart as they respond to questions, work independently, and contribute to discussions during your SEL or Character Education lessons throughout the month. A printable version of the anchor chart is also included.
Courage Posters: Define courage for students and keep it posted around your room. There are four different posters that define courage. Each poster has a definition with different clip art that shows an example of courage.
Courage Calendar: Use this calendar to challenge your students to do something courageous each day. It is editable so you can change the daily challenges or the month that students will complete it. Additionally, you can edit this resource to make different versions of the calendar so students are doing different challenges than their classmates each day.
Doodle Reflection Page: This doodle reflection page is a creative way to get students to think about what courage is and ways they can show it. It includes reflection questions, examples of courage, quotes, and doodles for students to color.
Courage Comic Activity: In this printable activity, students will create a courageous superhero to save the day! Students will draw their hero and write a story that shows how courageous their superhero is! Then, they will draw their story as a comic.
Finding My Courage Letter Writing Activity: In this printable activity, students will write a letter to a friend, telling them about something they cannot do yet but, with courage, would like to do. Planning pages will guide your students and teach them all the parts of a letter.
How Would You Respond? Activity: In this printable activity, students will read different situations on four phones and color the message bubbles that demonstrates courage. Below each phone, students will explain why they colored the message.
Courage Badge Craft Activity: In this activity, students will create a courage badge craft. In order to complete their activity, students will answer questions about courage on thin strips of the paper. Then they will cut them and attach them to their badge.
Quote of the Week: Each week, discuss a new quote about courage with your students. Quote of the week includes five different quotes. For each quote, I’ve included an activity page with three short-answer questions to help students reflect on the quote’s meaning. Each quote is available in a speech bubble that you can print for use on a bulletin board or for hanging around your classroom. The discussion questions are on a separate page. There is also an option to print the quote and discussion question on a single page.
Courage Scenarios: I created these scenarios to allow your students to place themselves in new situations and think about courage in different ways. These scenarios are a great way to inspire meaningful conversations in your classroom. You can display the scenarios on your bulletin board for a class discussion or print the scenarios and allow students to work in groups or independently.
Reader’s Theatre: Readers theater will help with fluency, comprehension, and speaking and while studying character education. There are three scripts for students to read and perform:
- The Courage to Turn Back: In this story, students will play a group of explorers in Antarctica attempting to reach the South Pole. During this play, they’ll learn about making tough decisions and having the courage to do what’s right, even if means not reaching your goals.
- History Bowl: In this story, students will be playing either a judge or a contestant in the History Bowl. By the end of this play, students will learn about people from history who showed courage in different ways.
- Belling the Cat: In this story, students will play the role of Tiger the cat and the mice who live on the farm. The mice concoct a great plan to deal with their cat problem but find out that no one has the courage to put the plan into action. This play will help your students understand the lesson that courage sometimes requires action that’s scary or difficult.
Writing Prompts+ Publishing Pages: There are five writing prompts that encourage students to reflect and write about courage. They include writing about a time you or someone you know showed courage, writing a story about a magic bottle of courage, jobs that require courage, a short story about a character named Braelin the Brave, and a short story about Sir Timid's failure to show courage,
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