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Ch 3: Character Education Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

One way to help students manage the challenges of adulthood is by equipping them with valuable life skills. The lessons in this chapter offer a multitude of life skill lesson plans you can include in your classroom curriculum.

Life Skills Lesson Plans - Chapter Summary

Review the lessons in this chapter to enhance your life skills curriculum. Refresh your knowledge of concepts like problem solving, decision making, financial responsibility and emergency preparedness, and utilize the lesson plans to develop your own lessons. Topics covered in this chapter include:

  • Problem solving
  • Home safety for all ages
  • Decision-making types, processes and models for all ages
  • How to create a personal budget
  • Credit cards and effective annual rate
  • Interviewing skills and preparing for a job interview
  • Fire safety, including tips for kids

Lessons are available any time day or night and can be accessed from your computer or mobile devices. Review them at home when planning lessons, and reference them in the classroom to enhance your discussions.

How It Helps

  • Enhances your life skills knowledge: This chapter provides refreshers on a variety of topics to ensure you have the knowledge needed to develop quality life skills lessons.
  • Simplifies lesson planning: Utilizing the lesson plans in this chapter reduces the amount of research you must conduct when preparing your own lessons for classroom instruction.
  • Covers numerous topics: This chapter provides you with a wide variety of life skills lesson plans to ensure you have well-rounded topics to add to your curriculum.
  • Improves students' lives: The curriculum you develop using the lesson plans in this chapter can provide students with important skills that will enhance their ability to make the right choices in life.

Skills Covered

After reviewing the lessons in this chapter, you will be ready to:

  • Add lesson plans to your curriculum that explore problem solving
  • Develop lessons that cover home safety, decision making and making good choices
  • Prepare financial lessons that cover budgeting and credit cards
  • Enhance your career lessons by adding interviewing skills topics
  • Include fire safety lessons in your curriculum

44 Lessons in Chapter 3: Character Education Lesson Plans
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How to Stop a Child from Stealing

1. How to Stop a Child from Stealing

As a teacher, you have the power to help create productive, law-abiding citizens. This lesson discusses why teachers should address issues of stealing within the classroom and gives suggestions for prevention, as well as how to handle situations in which stealing has occurred.

Honesty Lesson Plan

2. Honesty Lesson Plan

This lesson plan gives you an activity, extension, quiz, and many discussion and warm-up questions and topics that will get students thinking about honesty.

Honesty Lesson for Kids

3. Honesty Lesson for Kids

Have you ever been tempted to tell a lie? In this lesson, discover why it's important to be honest, ways to make sure you tell the truth to family and friends, and how you can avoid hurting someone's feelings when telling the truth might be hard to do.

Impulse Control Activities & Games for Children

4. Impulse Control Activities & Games for Children

Impulse control is a vital skill for all children as they grow older. However, young children find it very difficult indeed. We can help them grow their impulse control skills with activities and games, such as the ones we provide in this lesson.

Pay It Forward Lesson Plan

5. Pay It Forward Lesson Plan

What does it mean to 'pay it forward?' Use this lesson plan to help you explain the concept to students. In it, a text lesson is paired with a film to illustrate the idea and an activity clarifies how paying it forward works in real life by literally getting them in on the game.

Pay It Forward: Summary, Quotes & Meaning

6. Pay It Forward: Summary, Quotes & Meaning

If given the opportunity, would you try to change the world? Find out more about one boy's idea in this lesson's summary of the 2000 film 'Pay It Forward,' including some quotes from the movie and what it means to 'pay it forward.'

Perseverance Lesson Plan

7. Perseverance Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to teach students about perseverance. Students will read a text lesson, discuss famous examples of perseverance, and create a poster commemorating a famous figure that persevered in some way.

Perseverance: Definition, Quotes & Examples

8. Perseverance: Definition, Quotes & Examples

This lesson will define perseverance and go over four case examples of perseverance in various fields as well as quotes related to this topic made by the people you'll learn about.

Service Learning Lesson Plan

9. Service Learning Lesson Plan

Thinking about doing a service learning project with your students? This lesson plan explains what service learning is, then gives some project ideas. After discussion and reflection, students can make a plan for their own service learning project.

What is Service Learning? - Definition & Project Ideas

10. What is Service Learning? - Definition & Project Ideas

In this lesson, we will talk about how service can be used as a mode of education. We'll also highlight several ways this method of learning is practiced.

How to Deal with Defiant Children

11. How to Deal with Defiant Children

Defiance is one of the most difficult student behaviors to deal with in the classroom. In this lesson, we will examine ways that teachers can prevent and de-escalate challenging situations with defiant students in the classroom.

Handling Inappropriate Touching Between Children

12. Handling Inappropriate Touching Between Children

In this lesson, we will identify and discuss strategies for handling inappropriate touching between children. We will also discuss how to properly identify touching that might warrant professional intervention.

Teaching Tolerance Lesson Plan

13. Teaching Tolerance Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to help you teach your students the important skill of tolerance. Students will watch an engaging video that defines the term, describes its function in the human brain, and explains types of tolerance. Students then apply concepts to a team-building activity.

What Is Tolerance? - Definition, Types & Examples

14. What Is Tolerance? - Definition, Types & Examples

In this lesson you will learn what tolerance is and how it weaves itself throughout our society. Also, you will gain an understanding of how tolerance is used in many different areas of life from a personal perspective to a national perspective.

Teaching Impulse Control Strategies

15. Teaching Impulse Control Strategies

Teaching students with impulse control difficulties can be a challenge. In this lesson, we will recommend some strategies that can help these students have more self control.

Impulse Control Activities for Adults

16. Impulse Control Activities for Adults

In this lesson, we'll be looking at strategies to use with students for controlling impulsive behavior. We'll be focusing on activities that are appropriate for adult aged students.

Behaviorism Lesson Plan

17. Behaviorism Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to help your preservice teachers explore behaviorism and its possible uses in the classroom. Students will watch a video lesson, create a graphic organizer, and create a behavioral plan for a real-world scenario.

Behaviorism: Overview & Practical Teaching Examples

18. Behaviorism: Overview & Practical Teaching Examples

How can teachers use rewards and punishments to guide student behavior and learning? In this lesson, we will look at how behaviorism applies to the classroom, including the concepts of reinforcement, punishment, and extinction.

Telling the Truth Lesson Plan for Elementary School

19. Telling the Truth Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Develop and fine-tune honesty skills with this lesson plan. Several activities can be used to teach and reinforce the idea of telling the truth using supplies you already have on hand.

What is Peace Education? - Objectives & Importance

20. What is Peace Education? - Objectives & Importance

In this lesson, we'll discuss why peace education is more important now than it has ever been. We'll also look at the ten primary objectives covered in a peace education program.

Peace Education: History & Types

21. Peace Education: History & Types

In this lesson, we will look at the various types and history of peace education in order to better understand how to live in harmony with oneself, others, and the environment.

Generosity Lesson Plan for Elementary School

22. Generosity Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Use this lesson plan to teach your students what it means to be generous. They will listen to a story, have a class discussion and evaluate scenarios for the level of generosity. As a performance task, students will write about how they can be generous.

Leadership Lesson Plan for Elementary School

23. Leadership Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Help your students better understand leadership with the help of this lesson plan. Students will read a text lesson that explains what a leader is and describes different types of leaders, then show their understanding with a play-acting activity and a quiz.

Leadership Lesson for Kids: Definition & Styles

24. Leadership Lesson for Kids: Definition & Styles

Have you ever been the leader of a group? There are different ways to lead groups of people. In this lesson, you'll learn about different types of leaders and the ways in which they're able to get people to follow them and do what they want them to do.

Giving Compliments Lesson Plan

25. Giving Compliments Lesson Plan

In this lesson, students will discuss the importance of giving compliments. After a read aloud about what it means to be a 'bucket filler', students will brainstorm possible compliments and practice giving them to others. At the end of the lesson, students will make a plan of how they can give compliments in their real life.

Gratitude Lesson Plan

26. Gratitude Lesson Plan

This lesson plan is a tool for helping students learn about gratitude. Students will read a lesson and answer questions about the benefits of gratitude using new vocabulary.

Gratitude: Definition & Benefits

27. Gratitude: Definition & Benefits

In this lesson, we explore the concept of gratitude. Learn about what gratitude actually is, how it exceeds similar concepts, and the benefits gratitude offers in personal perspective, society, and health.

Forgiveness Lesson Plan

28. Forgiveness Lesson Plan

This lesson plan will help you teach about the process of forgiveness. Students will read from a text about forgiveness, participate in a role-playing activity, and demonstrate their knowledge with a quiz.

What is Forgiveness?

29. What is Forgiveness?

The concept of forgiveness is often misunderstood. This lesson discusses what forgiveness is and what it is not. It also examines it as a process from a psychological perspective.

Interrupting Lesson Plan for Elementary School

30. Interrupting Lesson Plan for Elementary School

What can you do when you have something really important to say and don't want to wait your turn to talk? Interrupting is a difficult skill for young children to master, and using direct instruction and reinforcement activities are great ways to make it fun.

Resilience Lesson Plan

31. Resilience Lesson Plan

In this lesson, students learn about resilience before participating in several group discussions where they identify components in their own life that will help build resilience and discuss their answers and those of their classmates.

Resilience Lesson Plan for Elementary School

32. Resilience Lesson Plan for Elementary School

This lesson plan teaches students about resilience. The plan includes a visual demonstration, an article with notetaking, a partner role-play activity, and a writing assignment.

What is Resilience? - Lesson for Kids

33. What is Resilience? - Lesson for Kids

Have you ever been through tough or sad experiences? In this lesson, learn the definition of resilience and discover how resilience is used after a challenging event.

Forgiveness Lesson Plan for Elementary School

34. Forgiveness Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Forgiveness is an important concept for students to understand for healthy social-emotional growth. This lesson plan gives ideas for teaching the concept of forgiveness, then supporting and practicing with activities.

Humility Lesson Plan

35. Humility Lesson Plan

What is humility and how can we apply it in our lives? In this lesson, students learn about different types of humility and follow up with a skit demonstrating what humility looks like.

Humility: Definition, Forms & Examples

36. Humility: Definition, Forms & Examples

Humility can be a good or bad thing, depending upon your point of view and your goals in life. In this lesson, we discuss the definition, various forms, and some examples of humility.

Optimism Lesson Plan

37. Optimism Lesson Plan

This lesson plan is a tool for helping teachers explain the difference between optimists and pessimists to students. Students will apply their understanding to case studies.

Positive Attitude Lesson Plan

38. Positive Attitude Lesson Plan

In this lesson plan, students will learn more about what it means to maintain a positive attitude. This lesson plan involves students brainstorming, discussing and writing about positive attitudes.

Tolerance Lesson Plan for Elementary School

39. Tolerance Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Getting along with friends and family members requires a certain level of tolerance at times. In this lesson, students will learn how to define the idea of tolerance and share examples of how tolerance is applied in their daily lives.

Tolerance Lesson for Kids: Definition & Quotes

40. Tolerance Lesson for Kids: Definition & Quotes

Accepting your friends for who they are, the differences they bring, and the positive energy they have is showing tolerance. In this lesson, you'll learn what tolerance is and read some famous tolerance quotes.

Six Pillars of Character Lesson Plan

41. Six Pillars of Character Lesson Plan

Sometimes making ethical decisions can be tough. Simplify the process with this lesson plan to help you instruct students on the six pillars of character. A video lesson explains key concepts, which students will then apply to real-life and personal situations.

Growth Mindset Lesson Plan

42. Growth Mindset Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to introduce students to the idea of a growth mindset. Students will watch a video lesson, discuss key pieces of information, discuss how the growth mindset can affect them personally, and do a short journal activity.

Marshmallow Challenge Lesson Plan

43. Marshmallow Challenge Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to introduce students to the concept of delayed gratification through the use of the marshmallow challenge. Students will take part in the activity, watch a video lesson, and write about their learning.

Teaching About Privilege

44. Teaching About Privilege

Privilege refers to inequality in access to advantages based on belonging to a particular social class. This lesson plan supports middle and high school teachers who are teaching their students about privilege.

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