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Lesson Plans (17) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Podcasts (9) A program (audio or video) made available in digital format for playback or download over the Internet. Informational Materials (6) Textual information containing useful facts or information.
Interactives/Games (1) A learning object that requires a user's involvement. Learning Activities (1) Any activity that would enhance a lesson or unit in order to help the learner master an objective 
and/or acquire a skill.  Examples include, but are not limited to, online tutorials, experiments, 
demonstrations, and hands-on activities. Teacher Tools (5) An extensive set of online resource tools teachers can use to enhance student learning or increase teacher productivity often useful across grade levels and/or subject areas (Aligned to professional learning standards instead of content standards).
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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (K), or Science (1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: "Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes"
Description: Students will have the opportunity to learn names of many parts of the human body and how they helps the body function healthy.  Students will put a skeleton together to create a full human body.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMS-U Project.


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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (3 - 4), or Technology Education (K - 5)
Title: Stop The Bullying
Description: During this lesson, students start to recognize the different types of bullying, causes, and ways of dealing with it. Through literature and the Internet, students learn how to handle bullying. Students will develop presentations to teach other how to handle bullying.


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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Everyday Heroes
Description: Following a unit on Greek mythology and mythological heroes, students design and maintain a website that features everyday heroes. Students submit candidates based on their everyday encounters with people in the community.


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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (K), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: It's Great to be ME!
Description: This lesson addresses the similarities and differences among people. Incorporating the literature of Eric Carle and a virtual field trip focusing on healthy habits and the five senses, students will have a greater sense of their connection to each other.


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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (4), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Leaders of Our School
Description: During the first weeks of school, students will be introduced to the administration and faculty within the school. Students will conduct an interview to determine the role of each individual in creating and maintaining a thriving learning environment. Using a digital camera and presentation software, students will record each interview, along with a digital photograph, of the school leader. Students will present the slideshow presentation during Open House. From this lesson, students will better comprehend the importance of the leadership and teamwork within our school.


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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or Mathematics (K - 2)
Title: What's in a Name: Graphing Lesson
Description: During this lesson, students will learn to graph information. After reading, Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes, students will discuss the length of their names. Students will learn to graph their names and compare their names to others.


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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (1)
Title: The Giving Tree
Description: During this lesson, students will learn important facts about trees. They will also learn the importance of friendships. The students will listen to the story, The Giving Tree, by Shel Silverstein, and create a chart of events that take place in the story. The students will navigate a website to learn how to protect trees and how trees help us.


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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (8)
Title: "Flowers for Algernon" by Daniel Keyes
Description: By linking the experiences of the character Charlie Gordon to other characters and to themselves, students demonstrate through class discussion and journal writing their understanding and interpretation of the short story "Flowers for Algernon" by Daniel Keyes.


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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (1 - 3), or Mathematics (K - 2), or Technology Education (K - 5)
Title: It's Your Birthday, Dr. Seuss!
Description: This lesson plan is intended to be used during the month of March when the class is preparing to celebrate Dr. Seuss Day. After listening to and reading different stories by Dr. Seuss, the students have opportunities to compare and contrast story elements through critical thinking and Venn diagrams.


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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Bullying
Description: Students sometimes find themselves in situations where they are uncomfortable and uncertain in relating to difficult peers. This lesson is designed to equip students with information they need not only to identify bullies, but to develop strategies to combat them.


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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (K), or Mathematics (2), or Social Studies (K - 2), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: A Penny For Your Thoughts
Description: This is an outline for a week-long lesson usually taught in the month of February around President's Day. It is an interdisciplinary study combining coin identification with a literature-based study of the Presidents represented on the coins.


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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (K - 1), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Let's Talk!!
Description: This hands-on, inquiry-based unit combines language and social studies skills in order to encourage communication between verbal and non-verbal students. Students in early elementary classes are paired with students who are non-verbal and multi- handicapped and challenged to explore ways to communicate with and learn things about each other.


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Subject: Character Education (K - 12)
Title: Let's Be Friends
Description: Buddies, pals, amigos - whatever you call them, friends are an important part of life. These beginning-of-the-year unit activities will give kindergarten students an opportunity to consider what friendship is all about.


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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or English Language Arts (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: A Hero by Any Other Name. . .
Description: In conjunction with a study of literary or national heroes or in recognition of 9/11 week, students select a hero from among their family and friends, gather information about him/her, and prepare a multimedia presentation of their research.


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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or Counseling and Guidance (K - 12)
Title: The One-Minute Praise
Description: The lesson will show the importance of positive stroking (feedback) for behavior modification. Dr. Ken Blanchard (The One Minute Manager)suggests we "catch people doing something right." To quote Lord Chesterfield's advice: "Make a person like himself/herself a little better and I promise he/she will like you very well indeed."


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Subject: Character Education (K - 12)
Title: Friendship is Fun!
Description: Students will explore the concept of friendship in order to promote class unity. Some of the areas to be included are characteristics of friends, differences of individuals, and examples of ways to be a good friend. The class will complete several technology-based projects based on friendship. The culminating activity for the unit is an activity involving parents.


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Title: Stop Cyberbullying
Digital Tool: On-line Interactive Website
Digital Tool Description: Infinity Interactive Learning Lab provides a interactive training site for teaching them how to prevent cyber bullying to students. Students watch a video and apply the concepts they have learned.


ALEX Podcasts


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Stop Bullying Now!
Overview:
With pictures and student testimonials, students encourage others to stop bullying.


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Kindness Instead
Overview:
This podcast will show examples of ways not to bully. Kindness and respect are emphasized instead.


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Winning the War Against Bullying: It Begins with Administrators and Faculty
Overview:
Winning the War Against Bullying: It Begins with Administrators and Faculty is a podcast that introduces an initiative to help administrators as they decrease the number of disciplinary incidents related to bullying. A student's perspective toward bullying sets the tone as the podcast begins. Dr. Jackie Hester narrates during the podcast and gives strategic tips for administrators. A fictional classroom drama depicts a potential scenario if bullying is not addressed.


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A book review on The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Overview:
This book review is on The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini and is believed to be one of the best books ever written.  It gives the reader a different point of view of the war in Afghanistan and how things have changed since the war.  Also, the storyline is so intriguing and mystifying, you can’t help but get attached to the characters.  The book is recommended to anyone looking for an unforgettable story that will take them through a journey of love, hate, and forgiveness.


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Philosophy for Kids
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Philosophy is the study of wisdom.  Philosophers like Confucius and John Locke taught many ideas that we currently call "character education".  This podcast explores the ideas of character and wisdom through pictures of school events.  The podcast is designed to be paused after each quote to allow for class discussion. 


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How Would You Feel? A Public Service Announcement about Bullying
Overview:
There are three types of students in American schools today; bullies, victims, and bystanders. Each type of student is uniquely affected by the violence and cruelty perpetrated by bullies on their helpless victims. In this video podcast, students share the characteristics of both bullies and victims and explore ways in which all students can help stop the abuse. The theme of the video podcast is "How Would You Feel", and is designed to evoke an emotional appeal that will hopefully help all three types of students break free from the cycle of violence that is so prevalent in middle schools and high schools. The podcast ends with ways that students can help stop bullying.


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Bullying vs The Golden Rule
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"Bullying vrs The Golden Rule" gives examples of making positive choices and how your choices effect others, either positively or negatively .  The Stars show and discuss character traits that will help you follow the golden rule and NOT be a bully.


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Rockin' into Responsibility
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Using the word "Rockin'" as an acrostic, this podcast lists tips for being responsible.  Brief explanations are given for each tip, complete with pictures to illustrate and music.  Students are encouraged to follow these tips to begin "Rockin' into Responsibility. 


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Superchamp: A Superhero of Character
Overview:
Superchamp is a superhero that teaches students about good character traits.


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Lesson Plans


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Cyberbullying: Be Upstanding (6-8)
http://www.commonsen...
This Common Sense Media lesson includes step-by-step instructions for teachers as they guide students through activities and discussion questions. Students reflect on what it means to be brave and to stand up for others. They fill out the "Why Care? Student Handout", create a diagram of the players involved, and generate ideas about how bystanders can become upstanders. They then identify concrete solutions for dealing with cyberbullying situations.

Podcasts


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A Busybody's Guide to Improving the World
http://www.npr.org/t...
In "This I Believe" podcast written by Brigid Daull Brockway on how she was driven to make an impact or do something extraordinary in the world. This podcast emphasizes the idea that we--as individuals--can and have the responsibility to make a difference.

Informational Materials


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Character Education
http://www.uen.org/u...
A list of websites gathered to help support Utah's Character Education Program.

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Character Education - Model Standards
http://charactercoun...
Standards directing and guiding the educational mission focused on defining grade appropriate academic objectives.

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Character Ed
http://www.character...
A wealth of information about all related topics about character education, including bullying.

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Activities for Character Ed
http://www2.ed.gov/p...
Expectations, definitions, and activities for teaching character education.

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Citizenship
http://www2.ed.gov/p...
The is a resource to help teachers/parents find contenct specific books and websites that teach citizenship.

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Random Acts of Kindness
http://www.randomact...
This is a free teacher resource from the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation. There is a downloadable PDF listing kindness project ideas for grades 6-8. It also has a listing of kindness activity ideas.

Interactives/Games


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Create Your Own Values Billboard
http://www.values.co...
Create your own billboard to display different values in character education.

Learning Activities


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Character Education
http://www.uen.org/u...
A list of websites gathered to help support Utah's Character Education Program.

Teacher Tools


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Character Education
http://www.uen.org/u...
A list of websites gathered to help support Utah's Character Education Program.

Save to ALEX | Share Share | Show Details
Character Education - Model Standards
http://charactercoun...
Standards directing and guiding the educational mission focused on defining grade appropriate academic objectives.

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Character Ed
http://www.character...
A wealth of information about all related topics about character education, including bullying.

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Activities for Character Ed
http://www2.ed.gov/p...
Expectations, definitions, and activities for teaching character education.

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Citizenship
http://www2.ed.gov/p...
The is a resource to help teachers/parents find contenct specific books and websites that teach citizenship.

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