This is a learning center on understanding good habits. Students will explore their good habits and the habits they need to develop. They also will develop an understanding of why it is important to develop good habits! This is a great center to use during your literacy period. The cards fit nicely into a pocket chart.
A “before” activity introduces the concept of habits. This may be used as a mini lesson.
The “Thinking Mode” is the main part of the scripted learning center. What is a habit? What good habits have you developed? Students view 42 photos of people using good habits. Each photo is labeled to encourage new vocabulary development. They are encouraged to ask everyone they know what good habits they have. “How have these good habits helped you?”
*Common core standards for speaking and listening are stressed by providing students the opportunity to communicate and use their social skills to interact effectively with others. Reading, vocabulary, comprehension, writing and thinking skills are also developed.
The “after” activity establishes a personal connection. The students are given directions to make their own graphic organizer. (Making and using a graphic organizer is a good habit for them to learn.) Using this organizer they note the good habits they have and the ones they want to develop. Also they are encouraged to share their work which again is a “good habit.”
Photos: reading, using your senses, drinking water, looking closely, owning a pet, giving, being positive, being part of a group, being thankful, having a friend, being active, learning, help your community, being proud of one’s culture, eating healthy, communicating clearly, trying something new, listening carefully, working with others, using your imagination, having fun, helping others, learning about history, never giving up or persevering, taking care of your teeth, being caring, being happy, enjoying a hobby, thinking about thinking, getting enough sleep, planting a tree, learning a new sport, playing fair, looking at different viewpoints, enjoying music, exploring the world, exploring nature, being curious, being observant, being creative, understanding others and doing your best!
*Good habits need to be taught, they don’t just happen! Instead of using rules use good habits! “It is a good habit to bring a pencil to class!” Every teacher teaches good habits every day. Use the concept of developing good habits as being important to a healthy and happy life!
*Extra Activities Using These Photos: I have included six other activities using these habit photos. Each activity is explained on a flashcard. The title is colored coded. To save ink, the background is white. You can always print these activities on colored stock paper.
*Hint: If you don't have an efficient color printer, you may want to save the photos to a flash drive and take them to a “copy” store. This expense will be worth it! Developing a photo resource for hands on and visual learning will be vital for your students’ learning and if laminated they can be used for many years.
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