With all the academic testing that is currently an integral part of elementary school, character education often not as much of a focus as it once was. But since most teachers would agree that learning how to be good people and citizens is at least as important as academics, here are some ideas for working character education into your day.
These ideas all involve using a set of character words, which you can download for free at the end of this post.
Start a “Word of the Week Program.” Each week choose a different word to display on a special bulletin board. Have students complete a worksheet (two versions for different grade levels are included in the download) or have them write about the word in their journals. Use the word for class discussions and role playing activities. Encourage students try to demonstrate the trait as much as possible during the week.