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Reinforce respect by celebrating examples of it in your classroom.
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In this lesson, students talk about what the word respect means, and then recognize their peers for the respectful things they do.
Start the lesson by writing the word RESPECT at the top of the board or on a chart. Ask students to discuss the meaning of the word. You might do this as a whole-class activity, or you might arrange students into small groups to discuss the meaning of the word and then bring the groups together to share their ideas.
Talk about ways in which students show respect for adults and other family members... Make a list of some of the students' best ideas.
Ask students to share ways in which they can show respect for one another. Make a list of their ideas.
See additional ideas for teaching about and discussing the concept of repect in the More Activity Ideas section below.
Then introduce to students the Thanks for Showing RESPECT work sheet. The work sheet has six copies of a simple form students can fill out to share with their classmates examples of how others in the class have shown their respect. Talk about the kinds of things students might do to show respect in the classroom and model what students might write on the form when that happens. Set aside a special place for a stack of the forms. Invite students to fill out a form whenever they witness an example of a classmate showing respect to another student, the teacher, or a visitor to the classroom. Provide a box in which students can "submit" those forms. Set aside time at the end of the day to open the box and share some of the respectful behavior students have observed. In that way, you can emphasize and reinforce all the great examples of respectful behavior that occur on a daily basis.
To add another small incentive for behaving respectfully, you might cut out twelve 4-inch by 4-inch squares of brightly colored paper. Paste one cutout or printed letter onto each square to spell out P-O-P-C-O-R-N P-A R-T-Y across the top of a bulletin board. Each day, staple beneath a letter at least five Thanks for Showing Respect forms illustrating some of that day's best examples of students showing respect for one another. For each day that you staple five good examples, the students get one day -- one letter -- closer to the reward: a class popcorn party!
More Activity Ideas Some points students might bring to a discussion of respect -- or that you might work into that discussion -- and some additional activity ideas follow:
Students model and celebrate respect -- and earn the popcorn party -- within 12 school days.
Lesson Plan Source
PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND HEALTH: Physical Education
GRADES K - 12
NPH.K-12.6 Respect for Others
Find more activities for teaching about respect on Education World's Martin Luther King Day holiday page.
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Last updated 1/11/2012