1.)Warm Up: Students will complete "Show Integrity Match" sheet (see attachment)(pretest) and return completed sheet to teacher.
2.)Teacher will hold up the word "integrity" (see attachment for copy). Teacher will begin asking students questions to assess their prior knowledge of the word integrity. Possible questions to ask are: (a) How would you pronounce this word? (b) Have you ever heard this word? (c) Have you used this word in a sentence or in your conversation?
3.)Teacher will give each student a piece of 9" X 12" construction paper. Students will fold the paper once vertically and then again horizontally to create a "book." Students will write the word "Integrity" on the front of the book and draw some lines to write the definition and inferred meaning of the word integrity. The students will conduct research to learn what integrity means. Students will also be given one diskette.
4.)Teacher will assign students to one of the four research learning stations. Teacher will instruct the students to use these resources to define the word integrity and write the definition and their inferred meaning in their integrity books. Every student will take two pictures of their group while conducting research. The students should rotate to all four resource learning stations and end up with three different definitions and inferred meanings for the word integrity and two digital prints of their classmates conducting research. The teacher will instruct the students to return to the group area when they have rotated to all four stations.
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5.)Once all students are back in the group area, the teacher will instruct them to write on the inside of their integrity book, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, and the following question, "How does this story show integrity?". The teacher will read aloud the story Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst (Athaneum, 1972), to the class.
6.)Teacher will instruct students to answer the above the question by writing their answers in their integrity books. Class will discuss their answers. Students will complete "Show Integrity Match" sheet(see attachment) (posttest) and return completed sheet to teacher. Teacher will restate and briefly summarize the discussion on integrity. Some closing remarks may be: Integrity is a big word that means doing what you know is the right thing to do. It is standing up for what you believe in. Integrity is having certain standards that you will not change, even in difficult times. An example of integrity would be if a person sees some of their classmates cheating on a test and they know that cheating is wrong and they decide to do their own work instead. A person with integrity understands that even though other people are doing the wrong thing, he/she should still do what is right. A person with integrity admits his/her mistakes and tries his/her best to correct the mistake. He/she does not blame others for his/her actions. Having integrity also means trying and learning new things. A person with integrity tries to do just a little better each time, challenging himself/herself to work harder and improve. Showing integrity means working hard to be the best person you can be.
7.)Students should write their names in their books and then share the books with the class by placing their books and digital camera pictures on a bulletin board display titled "Bee" the Best You Can Be!" Students can mat their pictures by placing them on a piece of 5" X 7" construction paper. Use any bee pattern or a clip art bee (which may be colored) and glue the bee to the corner of the picture.
8.)The teacher may find the following websites valuable resources for additional useful information on the topic of character education.
)This site includes teaching guides with discussion questions, writing assignments, and student activities for character education for elementary, middle, and high school students.
9.)Another good website on character development: The WiseSkills K-12 character education program has innovative and exciting activities that are conveniently organized around monthly Character Themes such as Character Education, Curriculum Integration, Community Service-Learning, Conflict Resolution, Career Awareness, Media Issues, and Parent/Community Involvement.
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program is a teacher-friendly and inter-disciplinary way to build the character of young people.