The first 9 weeks, our LA/SS unit focuses on citizenship and is the perfect time to introduce character traits. We read several books on character as a class and dug deeper into our stories we were reading throughout the week. We identified traits of good character and offered examples to explain why. We learned about Famous Americans in history and what made them a good citizen. We chose someone we knew (family member or friend) that we considered a good citizen and shared why. We wrote about how we are good citizens. So I guess you could say, we really hammered the topic!
As our culminating activity, I had the kids choose character traits that described them, cut a hole in the middle of a long construction paper for their face...See??
Here is one of my student models. :)
This idea was just too cute that I wanted to display it. So I went around and took their pictures while their face was in their paper. Then from my home computer (it took a little time), I opened up each of their pictures in Preview to crop. I used the elliptical feature to frame their face.
Then I printed them out and simply taped to the back of their paper. The next day, they were stapled on our bulletin board. The kids love it!
What do you do to teach good character traits?