Character Education

CLASS and Lifeskills   Booklists   Songs

Activities, Printables and Resources

All grades at Lakeview Elementary School follow these Life Skills and Guidelines.
Mr. Scott Hegman, a second grade teacher, made these posters for us:

Ridley teachers attended a two day workshop during the 04-05 summer called
Connecting Learning Assures Successful Students
C. L. A. S. S.    Brain Based Learning

Mrs. Mumpower explains the CLASS components:
Morning Message, Agenda, Community Circle and Lifeskills
Lifeskill Posters and The 8 Smarts Posters
Multiple Intelligences - Examples

The Smart Song

Life Skill Nursery Rhymes

Building Community
Pick a Different Name Day
We do "The Ceremony" when a class fish dies in our aquarium.

Teaching Respect and Kindness
The Wrinkled Heart

Bullying Reader's Theater for the Primary Grades

Crawford's Corner
Online 5 minute videos starring Crawford the Cat promote positive values
while implementing simple lessons on personal, practical and social skills.
A printable worksheet reinforces key points of each video.

Online Game about Bullying

12 Webisodes from Stop Bullying Now with Printable Discussion Questions

Links to Websites about Bullying and Cyberbullying

4 Manners Posters: We Share * We Listen * We Clean Up * We Take Turns
4 Bullying Posters: Bully-Free Zone, Stop Bullying Now!
Stand Up! Speak Out!, Make Bullying Extinct

Clifford Posters: "C" is for Courteous, "F" is for Fair, "H" is for Help,
"K" is for Kind, "L" is for Learning, "M" is for Me, "R" is for Responsibility
"S" is for Share, "T" is for Truthful, "U" is for Understanding, "W" is for Work
Lesson Plans

Behavior Prompt Cards: sit, raise your hand, quiet, walk
created to use with children with special needs
hole punch and attach to a lanyard around your neck

More Behavior Cards

Quotations and Thoughts about Character and Physical Education
"Whether you think you can or think you can't. You're right!" - Henry Ford

Coloring, Directed Activities and Games: some free some for purchase
over 75 helpful articles for teachers and counselors

299 Free Ideas for Improving Your School Year

Character Education Ideas

Lesson Plans and Resource Sites

List of Many Character Traits
Grase 3-5: Describe a character traits in a story
Practical Strategies: Scripted Stories for Social Situations,
Tools for Building Relationships, Book Nook, Teaching Social Emotional Skills,
Tools for Developing Behavior Support Plans

Social Stories - relevant social cues

Tucker Turtle Thinking Technique Powerpoint
Turtle Technique Poster: Stop, Count, Think
Solution Kit Posters - 9 choices to solve a problem

Character Development
Teaching Guides: Discussion Questions, Writing Assignments, Student Activities
and Parent Involvement tips for Character Education and Life Skills.

The Morning Meeting

Powerpoint Slideshows - Character Critter Stories
Tommy the Trustworthy Turtle   Rusty the Respectful Raccoon   Carrie the Caring Cat
Roy The Responsible Rabbit   Cindy the Citizen Crab   Fran the Fair Frog
citizenship   fairness   caring   responsibility   respect   trustworthiness

What is Character?
Traits that show Respect, Citizenship, Responsibility,
Trustworthiness, Fairness and Caring

Respect Activity for Parent and Child
8 day Respect Lesson Plan

Parent Letter about Honesty

Family Activity: Respect for Others

Tips for Developing Healthy Self-Esteem In Your Child

Trustworthiness Lesson Plan Age 4-6

Character Counts Teacher Tools

Character Education: 18 Coloring Pages

Character Education Resources K-6

US Dept of Education: Helping Your Child Become a Responsible Citizen

Character Quotes

Operation Respect: Don't Laugh at Me Program for Grades 2-5 and Grades 6-8
You need to register to receive the free materials.

Class Bill of Rights and Responsibilities

Cloony the Clown Poem by Shel Silverstein

11 Principles of Effective Character Education

Character Education, Manners, Citizenship, Coping Articles

List of Links to Sites About Character Education, Friendship and Manners

Class Management and Discipline

Character Traits and Education

Traits Correlation

More Resources

Emotional Intelligence

Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child, Ages 3 to 6
Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child, Ages 6-12

The Really Best List of Classroom Management Resources

Raising Polite Children

Etiquette for many situations and suggested book list
eating, introducing yourself, answering the telephone, in an audience

Manners Lessons

Teaching Social Skills

Effective Teaching by Harry and Rosemary Wong
Monthly Column and a list of Past Articles Harry Wong's column
A well-managed classroom has a set of procedures and routines
that structure the classroom for learning.

There is Only One First Day of School: by Harry and Rosemary Wong

The Power of Procedures: by Harry and Rosemary Wong

Discipline Help at Home or School: You Can Handle Them All
117 Misbehaviors

Behavior Management Checklist

Preventing Classroom Bullying: What Teachers Can Do Booklet - 20 pages
This booklet gives tips that educators can use right away to confront bullies about their negative behavior, provide support and encouragement to victims of bullying, energize student bystanders to help the victim during incidents of bullying, and make locations throughout the school safer.

Discipline by Design

101 Positive Principles of Discipline

99 Ways to Say Very Good

Keys to Classroom Discipline by Mrs. Dryzal

Discipline as a New Teacher

Classroom Management and Discipline Links

Classroom Management Tips

Classroom Management for the First Year Teacher

Six Thinking Hats: Problem Solving Activity

"Raising Responsibility"
promotes responsibility, self-discipline, and learning

Discipline Without Stress:    Join the Yahoo Group
Voice Levels Poster

Responsive Classroom System

Discipline by Design

Out on a Limb: How to Get Along for Third and Fourth Graders
The Macromedia Shockwave Player is Required and a High Speed Connection.

How do you solve a conflict? Questionnaire and Info
From a religious perspective: for grades 3 to 12

Christian Character Studies- Each one has a Bible story,
Bible Memory verse, discussion questions and a related activity.

PBS Misunderstood Minds: When Learning is a Puzzle

National Institute of Mental Health: Health Information

Special Education Links

Do Something

Randon Acts of Kindness Foundation

Make a Kindness Tree

Book Lists

Literature Suggestions

US Dept of Education: Books That Can Support Character Development

Book List for Character Traits for all ages

Character Trait Book Lists for Middle School

Songs and Poems

The Routine Song
The Rules on the Bus
The Listening Song
If You Want to Make a Friend
Come Join Our Circle of Friends
(Teacher directed games at Circle Time.)
More Theme Songs


Songs about Listening, Courage, Telling the Truth, Winning and more


Tune: Gilligan's Island

My hands are tight behind my back
I am standing very tall
I am quietly looking straight ahead
I am ready for the hall!


Another Poem Version:
My hands are resting by my sides,
I'm standing straight and tall.
My eyes are front; my lips are zipped,
I'm ready for the hall.


Hands down,
Turn around,
Face the door,
And say no more.


Our Greeting Song
Tune: Farmer in the Dell

We're glad to see you here,
It gives us joy and cheer,
Sure, it's true, we say to you,
We're glad to see you here.


Our Goodbye Poem

On my face I have a nose,
And way down here I have ten toes.
I have two eyes that I can blink.
I have a head to help me think.
I have a chin and very near,
I have two ears to help me hear.
I have a mouth with which to speak,
An when I run I use my feet.
I have two arms to hold up high,
And here's a hand to wave GOODBYE!


Goodbye Song
Tune: Popeye the Sailor Man

The morning has just flown by.
I bet I can tell you why.
Ever since it's begun,
We've had so much fun!
Now it's time to say goodbye.
Goodbye (clap clap)
Goodbye (clap clap)
It's time to say goodbye.


Goodbye Song
Tune: She'll Be Coming Around the Mountain

Oh it's time to say goodbye to all my friends
Oh it's time to say goodbye to all my friends
Give a smile, wink your eye
Oh it's time to say goodbye
It's time to say goodbye to all my friends


Goodbye Song

Goodbye now, goodbye now,
The clock says we're done.
I'll see you on ___________
(students yell out tomorrow's name)
Goodbye, everyone.


Goodbye Song
Tune: Goodnight Ladies
(Repeat until all children's names have been sung)

Goodbye Justin,
Goodbye Maura,
Goodbye Harry,
It's time to say goodbye.


Community Circle and Reflection:
So Long Everybody
Chant and answer then pass it on

The teacher starts and everyone joins in:
So long everybody, what do you say?
What was the best part of your day?

The teacher names a student to answer the question.
The student named replies, "I liked when we ...."
then starts the chant and everyone joins in.
Keep the chant going until everyone gets a chance to share.


Important Rules Song
Tune: Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star

Here are some rules for you and me,
See how important they can be.
Always be honest, be kind and fair,
Always be good and willing to share.
These are rules we all should know,
We follow these rules wherever we go.


In Our Classroom

We raise our hands to speak.
We work quietly at our seats.
We use voices soft and sweet.
We keep our places tidy and neat.
We are helpful, friendly, and fair.
We take turns and willingly share.


Line Up at the Door
Tune: Farmer and the Dell

Line up at the door,
Line up at the door,
Time to go to recess now,
Let's line up at the door.

All visitors are invited to sign our Guest Book.
Read our Guest Book
Sign our Guest Book

Mrs. Jones' Room    Themes List
Lifeskill Nursery Rhymes    Teacher Printables