Week of September 5: 4th grade lesson on respect focused on being a super hero/villain and "bucket filling." The differences between bucket fillers and bucket dippers was discussed. Students assessed themselves by contrasting themselves "at my best" versus "at my worst". Students did an exercise in which they were faced with certain behavioral decisions. Better versus worse choices were analyzed.
Week of September 11: Third grade lesson about friendship and respect. Enemy Pie by Derek Munson is one of my absolute favorite books of all time. The narrator is upset when a new kid moves to the neighborhood because he "steals" his best friend. Dad has a concoction to get rid of enemies----enemy pie. The secret ingredient is that you have to spend the whole day with your enemy and be nice to him. By the end of the story the enemy is gone (having transformed into a friend). All sorts of lessons here like being welcoming to new students, to have a friend you must be a friend, etc. Students completed the lesson by coming up with their own recipe for "friendship pie."
Week of September 18: First grade read Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Almost everyone had read the story before; however, we read with a perspective of looking for ways Alexander could make different choices which would impact the direction his day took. In other words, Alexander's choices contributed to his "terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day". We then viewed a power point presentation with pictures of items. These items appeared in the story. Students identified the objects and told how each was related to a choice Alexander made. Students then told a different choice Alexander could have made.