Respect Lesson Plan

Instructor: Josh Corbat

Josh has taught Earth Science and Physical Science at the High School level and holds a Master of Education degree from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Use this lesson plan to give students some guidelines on how to show respect. Students will read or listen to a lesson, then give several concrete examples of how to show respect in various aspects of life.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define 'respect'
  • give several examples of how to show respect to others, themselves, and their environment


30-60 minutes


Curriculum Standards


Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.


Develop the topic with facts, definitions, and details.


  • To begin the lesson, write the word 'respect' on the board. Ask students to volunteer definitions of the term. Hold a short whole-class discussion around the following questions:
    • What is respect?
    • What does respect look like? What does disrespect look like?
    • Why is it important to show respect?
  • Distribute paper copies of the text lesson What Is Respect? - Lesson for Kids. You can either have students read the text lesson or you can read it aloud.
  • After each section of the text lesson, pause briefly to discuss its contents. It is important to have students summarize sections as they go in order to maintain engagement. You may want to have them jot down the main points to stay organized. A few suggested discussion questions for each section follow:
  • Have students read the 'Show Some Respect' and 'Ways to Respect Others' sections of the text lesson and then ask:
    • What have you done recently to show respect to someone else?
    • What have you done or seen someone else do that is not respectful to someone else?
    • What are some simple ways to always be respectful to adults? Your peers?
  • Have students continue reading the lesson, pausing after they complete the 'Respect Yourself' section. Ask:
    • What have you done recently to yourself that makes you feel bad?
    • What have you done recently to yourself that makes you feel good?
    • Can you think of any ways that you can be respectful to yourself today? In the next week?
  • After students read the 'Respecting Property' section of the text lesson, ask them:
    • Have you ever seen someone disrespecting property? What happened?
    • How can you show respect to your school? To the school bus? To your home?
  • Ask students the following discussion questions after they have read the 'The Earth Needs Respect' section:
    • What are some ways that you have seen others disrespect the Earth?
    • What can you do show others how to respect the Earth?
  • Finally, have students read the 'Lesson Summary.'


  • Write each of the following topics on the board to help students organize: Respect to Others, Respect to Yourself, Respect to Property, Respect to the Planet. Ask students to think of 3-5 unique ways they can show that type of respect for each category.
  • Circulate around the room to offer assistance and encouragement. You may want to encourage students to talk during this part of the lesson because discussion may help students develop ideas.
  • Now that students have a solid list of examples of respectful behavior, some role-playing will really help to drive home some of these strategies.
  • Divide students into groups of 4 or 5. Starting with the first category (Respect to Others), ask each group to select one of the strategies they have listed and come up with a 1- to 2-minute skit that portrays the way they can show respect to others.
  • After each short performance, ask for their peers to offer constructive critiques or questions. Did their skit exemplify how to show respect to others? Allow organic conversation to take place if it does. These might be some of the best conversations that come out of this lesson!
  • As an exit ticket, students can complete the associated quiz.

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