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K - 12

Good Character
http://www.goodcharacter.com/table1.html

This site includes teaching guides with discussion questions, writing assignments, and student activities for character education for elementary, middle, and high school students.

Character Education
http://www.uen.org/utahlink/activities/view_activity.cgi?activity_id=5399

A list of websites gathered to help support Utah's Character Education Program.

Character Education - Model Standards
http://charactercounts.org/pdf/Model-Standards.pdf

Standards directing and guiding the educational mission focused on defining grade appropriate academic objectives.

Character Ed
http://www.character.org/key-topics/

A wealth of information about all related topics about character education, including bullying.

Activities for Character Ed
http://www2.ed.gov/parents/academic/help/citizen/index.html

Expectations, definitions, and activities for teaching character education.

Citizenship
http://www2.ed.gov/parents/academic/help/citizen/partx3.html#booklist

The is a resource to help teachers/parents find contenct specific books and websites that teach citizenship.

A Busybody's Guide to Improving the World
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=18799392

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.

Martin Luther King, Jr: Animated Video Biography
http://www.brainpop.com/socialstudies/freemovies/martinlutherkingjr/

This animated BrainPOP video provides a clear, concise review of the life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. There are also links to a related activity, quiz, and famous quotes. *This video is free and can be viewed with no account set-up.

44 Presidents: A Rap Song
http://www.flocabulary.com/44-presidents/

This song makes it easy to remember all 44 presidents of the United States in chronological order. Many Flocabulary videos are only accessible through a paid subscription. *This particular video is available for free and without the need for an account sign-up.

Digital Citizenship Pledge (3-5)
http://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators/lesson/digital-citizenship-pledge-3-5

This Common Sense Media lesson includes step-by-step instructions for teachers as they guide students through activities and discussion questions. Students collaborate in creating a digital citizenship pledge outlining their collective social norms for exploring in and interacting with the digital world. Following this lesson, students will be able to establish expectations and norms for the group related to appropriate online behavior, participate responsibly and respectfully in an online community, and collaborate on a classroom motto about digital citizenship.

Common Sense Media: College Bound
http://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators/lesson/college-bound-9-12

This Common Sense Media lesson includes step-by-step instructions for teachers as they guide students through activities and discussion questions. Students view elements of two students’ digital footprints and consider how the footprints might affect those students’ admission to college. Students then discuss what kinds of information they would want included in their own digital footprints, and learn strategies for shaping a positive online presence. *Aligned with Common Core standards. *Lessons available on the webpage *Downloading worksheets or materials requires creating a free account with Common Sense Media.

Cyberbullying: Crossing the Line (6-8)
http://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators/lesson/cyberbullying-crossing-line-6-8

This Common Sense Media lesson includes step-by-step instructions for teachers as they guide students through activities and discussion questions. Students watch the documentary-style video “Stacey’s Story – When Rumors Escalate,” in which a girl reflects on what it was like to be the target of cyberbullying. Students will analyze online bullying behaviors that “cross the line,” describe the various ways that students can be cyberbullied, adopt the point of view of teens who have been cyberbullied, and offer solutions.

Cyberbullying: Be Upstanding (6-8)
http://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators/lesson/cyberbullying-be-upstanding-6-8

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.

BAM! Body and Mind
http://www.bam.gov/teachers/index.htm

BAM! Body and Mind is a resource for you to incorporate CDC health, safety, and science topics into your classroom. The site also offers your students interactive content to investigate topics for school or for a personal interest.

Taking Perspectives on Cyberbullying
http://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators/lesson/taking-perspectives-cyberbullying-11-12

This Common Sense Media lesson includes step-by-step instructions for teachers as they guide students through activities and discussion questions. Students begin by watching a video clip from the TV show Friday Night Lights, in which a teen girl creates a hate website about another girl. Students take the perspective of different characters and brainstorm alternative decisions each character could have made. Finally, students discuss what actions they can take when they encounter online cruelty in their own lives.

Rights, Remixes, and Respect
http://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators/lesson/rights-remixes-and-respect

This Common Sense Media lesson includes step-by-step instructions for teachers as they guide students through activities and discussion questions. Students review their knowledge of copyright and fair use and then examine a case study involving the appropriation of music by a popular band. Students form groups in which they role-play different stakeholders in the music industry and then debate the ethical and legal issues involved in using other people’s creative work in practices such as remixes and sampling.

Bullying Activity
http://bullyinglte.wordpress.com/2012/07/05/

An activity that illustrates bullying.

Random Acts of Kindness
http://www.randomactsofkindness.org/kindness-project-ideas/2067-grade-6-8-kindness-project-ideas

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.

Risky Online Relationships
http://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators/lesson/risky-online-relationships

This Common Sense Media lesson includes step-by-step instructions for teachers as they guide students through activities and discussion questions. This lesson is designed to help students understand why the term “online predator” is misleading and how to identify more realistic forms of inappropriate contact. Students then discuss a story about a teen’s risky online relationship and draw conclusions about how to stay safe online.

Talking Safely Online (3-5)
http://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators/lesson/talking-safely-online-3-5

This Common Sense Media lesson includes step-by-step instructions for teachers as they guide students through activities and discussion questions related to safe online behaviors. In this lesson, students will compare and contrast online-only friends and face-to-face pals, analyze why private information should not be given to anyone online without the permission of a trusted adult, and debate how to respond if an online-only friend asks them personal questions.

Diligence
http://www.qcinspect.com/article/diligence.htm

This is a story about Thomas Edison that illustrates diligence.

A Drive to Achieve the Extraordinary
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=19277915

Juliet Frerking challenges others to accomplish something out of the ordinary. She acquired this belief from the Guinness Book of World Records. Great source for spring-boarding essays on "I Believe."

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