Punctuality Activities

Instructor: Kristen Goode

Kristen has been an educator for 25+ years - as a classroom teacher, a school administrator, and a university instructor. She holds a doctorate in Education Leadership.

Punctuality is an important character trait for all students to learn. These activities have been created for the purpose of encouraging students to actively engage in the process of developing this skill.

Learning To Be Punctual

Teaching students the importance of being punctual is an essential component of character education in school. Explaining the meaning and purpose of punctuality is one thing, but involving students in the learning process can help to really make it stick. The following activities, intended for upper elementary grades (though they could be adapted for use with other grades), have been developed to keep students engaged while learning about punctuality.

Punctuality Skits

Materials: no special materials needed (though students might want to come up with props for skits)

  • Put students into groups of 4-5.
  • Assign each group a topic such as one of the following:
    • A teacher who is late to class
    • A doctor who is late to an appointment
    • A restaurant server who is late to deliver food to the table
    • A student who is late getting out of bed before school
    • An employer who is late paying his/her employees
  • Instruct each group to create two skits:
    • One skit showing what happens when someone is late
    • One skit showing what happens when someone is on time
  • Give the groups time to develop and practice their skits.
  • Have each group present both skits to the class.

Acrostic Poem

Materials: paper and pencil, construction paper and markers

  • Put students into groups of 2-3.
  • Give each group paper and pencils to use.
  • On the board, write the word ''Punctuality'' vertically so that each letter can be used to create an acrostic poem.
  • Explain that students are going to write a sentence for each letter and that each sentence must have something to do with punctuality.
  • Demonstrate a couple of the letters so students can get an idea of what is expected. Use ideas such as:
    • ''It is imPortant to be on time for school.''
    • ''If yoU don't leave on time, you will be late.''
    • ''It's Not nice to be late.''
  • Have students write the word vertically down the center of their papers.
  • Allow time for them to come up with their sentences. Remind them that each sentence must use the next letter in the word (but that they don't necessarily have to start with those letters).
  • When students are done creating their sentences, give them a quick look to be sure spelling is correct, etc.
  • Next, give each group construction paper and markers.
  • Have the groups transfer their acrostic poems to the construction paper using colors and visual interest.
  • Hang the poems in the room to display each group's work.

Poster for Punctuality

Materials: poster board, markers

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