Readers With Character is an integrated social skills and character education curriculum for the general education elementary classroom teacher. These lessons work best with students in Kindergarten through third grade. This free planning guide gives you a deeper look at the curriculum, plus the mentor text list with each weekly focus!
Why Do I Need This Resource?
More and more, teachers are experiencing challenges as they try to create a community of well managed, kind and respectful learners within their classroom. Without that community, it is so hard to effectively teach all of the academic skills that we are required to!
Character education is so important - children spend most of their waking hours at school, so it is our job to model good character, to teach them right from wrong and kind from unkind. What may come as “natural” to us does not always come natural to our students. They need to be explicitly taught norms of being a person with character.
"Yeah, right. 'Aint nobody got time for that!"- You.
What if I told you that you could effectively and meaningfully integrate character education into your routine using mentor texts, and cover 40 different aspects of good character and social skills throughout your school year... all in just 15 minutes per day? It's true!
So what would a typical week look like?
Monday: Tell students what the focus of the week will be. (ie: respect for each other and the classroom) Read the specified mentor text to your students, or show a video read-aloud of the book from the internet.
Tuesday: Hold a classroom meeting where you will remind students of the focus, and begin to generalize the story so it can apply to your focus. Students will draw and/or write their understanding of the focus of the week in their journals.
Wednesday: Students will view a video clip. Then, another community building classroom meeting will be held to talk about how the video clip relates to the focus of the week.
Thursday: Students will engage in an activity to reinforce the focus of the week. (ie: a skit to model the focus of the week, building an anchor chart together, or making a song etc..)
Friday: Students will draw and/or write about their new learning by completing prompts in their journal. Then, students will take their journals home and share the ‘Home Connection’ with their families.
The GROWING BUNDLE/PRESALE
When the resource is complete, it will include an entire school year's worth of lesson plans (40 weeks) to create a classroom community of students with character and social skills.
The price will increase as lessons are added. If you purchase now, you will receive all future additions for free by going to your 'My Purchases' page and re-downloading the updates.
Each week will have it's own mentor text. Topics covered will include, but are not limited to:
Respecting peers, respecting adults, learning how to apologize, how to ask for help, how to solve a problem with a friend, having patience, tattling vs. reporting, manners at lunchtime, making the right choices even if they aren't popular, starting conversations, we aren't perfect and that's okay, empathy, patience, thinking positively, thinking before acting, self control, being flexible thinkers, taking safe risks, telling the truth even when it's hard, whole body listening, interrupting, being responsible for your work, working in groups, being grateful, disagreeing respectfully, taking turns, sharing, minding personal space.... & more ;-)
Included RIGHT NOW in the Growing Bundle...
Week 1: What if Everybody Did That? by Ellen Javernick
Focus: We can respect each other and our classroom.
[This one is PERFECT for your first week back from summer break!]
Week 2: Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun by Maria Dismondy
Focus: I can have the courage to just be me!
Growing Bundle Schedule
Weeks 1-5 will be complete on or before August 15.
Weeks 6-10 will be complete on or before September 15.
Weeks 11-20 will be complete on or before October 15.
Weeks 21-30 will be complete on or before November 15.
Weeks 31-40 will be complete on or before December 15.