Be sure to check out this story by Jennifer Johnson, Herald staff writer, in the Thursday, March 21 Grand Forks Herald.
Here is an activity page on Respect to use with younger students. Download by clicking on the following link: RESPECT
Here is an activity page on Respect to use with younger students. Download by clicking on the following link: RESPECT
March 6 is the Annual Awareness day for “Spread the Word to End the Word.” Grand Forks Red River High School graduate Erin Baumann, 31, stood before hundreds of Valley Middle School students Tuesday and told them what happens when the word “retard” is used. Read the full story by Jennifer Johnson, Herald staff writer, by clicking on the following link: http://www.grandforksherald.com/event/article/id/258148/
RESPECT – The easiest way to show respect is to treat other people the same way you like to be treated. The world is filled with billions of different kinds of people. All of us have different colored skin and hair. We are different shapes and different sizes. We all have different abilities, too. Some folks can run fast as lightning, or climb a cliff in seconds flat. Other folks need wheelchairs or specially trained dogs to help them get around. Everybody has a unique way of looking at life, too. That’s what makes our world so fascinating! Can you imagine a world where everyone looks the same, and has the same point of view? Yikes! That would be pretty boring!
Luckily, we are all unique and special. And every single one of us deserves to be treated fairly, spoken to nicely, and heard. If everyone showed that kind of respect, there’d be a lot less arguing and fighting.
Here are two FREE guides from the NIE Institute. They are called “Respecting Others.” One is geared for grades K-3 and the other is geared for grades 3-7. Click on the following links to download.
To learn more visit: http://r-word.org/
The community is invited to Rachel’s Challenge. What is Rachel’s Challenge? It is a powerful assembly and training program for schools. Rachel Scott was the first victim of the Columbine shootings in 1999. Rachel’s Challenge exists to equip and inspire individuals to replace acts of violence, bullying and negativity with acts of respect, kindness and compassion.
Adults and children 12 and up are invited to these FREE presentations in the community. Rachel envisioned a world of kindness, free of violence. As part of Safer Tomorrows, they invite community members to experience the same message Rachel’s Challenge is delivering to our local youth to inspire them to set the example of a safer tomorrow. Due to content, it is suggested that only children 12 and over attend these adult sessions.
Tuesday, Oct. 9, Thompson High School Gymnasium, 7-8pm
Wednesday, Oct. 10, Red River High School, Grand Forks, 6:30-7:30pm
Thursday, Oct. 11, UND Chester Fritz Auditorium, 6:30-7:30pm
Related information http://nierocks.areavoices.com/2012/09/19/choose-kindness/
Check out this story, “Program at East Grand Forks middle school urges students to choose kindness” in the Wednesday, 9/19/12 Grand Forks Herald by reporter Pamela Knudson.
You can also find coverage of it on WDAZ TV http://www.wdaz.com/event/article/id/15113/group/Reporter%20Stories/
Program at East Grand Forks middle school urges students to choose kindness
Students were urged to improve their school’s culture by starting a “chain reaction” with acts of kindness and compassion, as part of an anti-bullying presentation Tuesday at Central Middle School in East Grand Forks. The audiovisual presentation, “Rachel’s Challenge,” is the story of 17-year-old Rachel Joy Scott, the first person killed April 20, 1999, at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., during the worst school shooting in U.S. history.
Every student has the power to change the culture of their school, Snipes said, by choosing to accept and live by five challenges:
“Rachel’s Challenge” will be presented in Grand Forks next month on the following days:
Adults may attend either session. Call the Parent Information Center for more information (701)787-4216.
Here are some Kindness activities you can use with the newspaper in your classroom. The information is from the NIE tab, Count on Character distributed by the NIE Institute.
Click on the following link to download: http://legacy.grandforksherald.com/pdfs/KINDNESS.pdf
Olympic athletes are very brave, don’t you think? They train incredibly hard for many years to be good enough to participate in the Olympics. They compete against the greatest athletes in the entire world!
Think for a moment about an Olympic diver. She slowly climbs up all those steps to the high dive and positions herself. Down below there are thousands of people watching and waiting anxiously, including her friends and family. Millions of other people are glued to their televisions around the world. She must dive perfectly to get a gold medal. Her teammates and her country are depending on her. It takes a lot of courage to do that, right? But do you think she’s scared? Absolutely! But because she’s so courageous, she’ll try to overcome her fears and do the best that she can do.
That’s what courage is all about. Trying to do the best that you can do, even when you’re afraid. But you know something else about courage? Courage means being smart and making the right choices. The Olympic diver is especially trained to do her job. She has practiced for many years. If you had never gone swimming, you wouldn’t jump off a fifty foot diving board, would you? That’s not bravery, that’s called not being smart! Courage is trying hard and doing the right thing. If you try to do the best you can all the time, and make the right choices every day, you’ll be a hero, too!
This 8-page character ed guide has many activities to make learning about courage fun. It was produced by Project Solution & the Washington Times and distributed by the NIE Institute.
Download by clicking here
Take a moment to think about all the people who care about you. There’s probably a very long list of concerned individuals. Your parents, your brothers and sisters, your aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents, friends, teachers, doctors, neighbors. — Whew! That’s an awful lot of caring. You’re in very good hands!
Now it’s time to give back to the world some of that caring. Having compassion, understanding and respect for others is a good place to start. Acting responsibly and doing the right thing is next in line. This 8-page character ed guide has many activities to make learning about caring fun. It was produced by Project Solution & the Washington Times and distributed by the NIE Institute.
Download by clicking on the following link: http://legacy.grandforksherald.com/pdfs/Caring%203-7.pdf
“The Avengers” movie hits screens on May 4th. With all of the excitement and talk about the movie and superheroes, here are some character education activities you can use with the newspaper. They are taken from the KRP tab, Making a Difference distributed by the NIE Institute
What does “heroic” mean to you? Do you think of daring acts of bravery? Strong leadership? Triumph over great odds? Outstanding achievements in sports or entertainment? Heroism takes many forms, including these. There are as many ways to be heroic as there are individual lives. Ordinary people in ordinary circumstances perform countless acts of courage and sacrifice in everyday life. You probably know several people that have been heroes in your community or even in your own life.
ACTIVITIES (From the KRP tab, Making a Difference distributed by the NIE Institute.)
1. Write down the 10 qualities you most admire in your personal heroes; then, with your class, decide on a list of the top 10 qualities. How different is the class list from your personal list? As you read the newspaper each day, look for people who have these qualities. Cut out pictures and articles to make a poster with the theme “Heroes.”
2. Design your own superhero! Think about the qualities you find most admirable in your own heroes and create a comic strip character based on those qualities.
3. Watch for articles about heroes in your own community. Cut out all the ones you find and create a classroom bulletin board on “Local Heroes.”
4. Choose a movie you have seen with a heroic character, then write a review. (For examples of movie reviews, refer to your newspaper’s entertainment section.)
5. Which of your personal heroes would you like to make a movie about? Write a brief plot summary and give your movie a name. For extra credit, try filming your story as a short skit or musical video.
6. Imagine that you are in charge of placing an ad for “heroes wanted.” What qualifications will you be looking for? Using your newspaper’s classifieds as a model, write an ad that includes all the character requirements you think are important.
Download and print the activities by clicking on the following link: http://legacy.grandforksherald.com/pdfs/GFH%20HEROES%20NEWSPAPER%20ACTIVITIES.pdf
Here’s a look at the movie “The Avengers” from McClatchy Tribune. To download this page, click here. Note: if you are going to print this pdf, adjust your print setting to “fit on page”. The page is bigger than 8.5 x 11 (normal print size.)
A Picture of Cooperation
Find a newspaper photo that shows two or more people cooperating. Answer these questions:
Would one person be able to accomplish this task alone?
Why are these people cooperating with each other?
How did they decide to cooperate?
Spread a full sheet of the classified ads on the floor and lie down with your head and as much of your body as you can on the newspaper. Take a crayon and draw an outline of the top part of your body on the paper while you are lying on it. Don’t raise your head off the paper while you are doing this. Now stand up and look at your outline. Is it messy? Does it really look like your outline? Are the lines of the drawing connected? Try something different. Take another sheet of the classified ads and lie down the same way as before. Then ask a friend to draw your outline on the paper. Stand up and compare the two outlines. Which one is better? Write your name in big bold letters on the second outline. Under your name write “with cooperation from” and have your friend write his or her name.
Draw or paste a picture of the character on a piece of paper. Write down three words that describe how the character looks.
Next write down three words about the character’s personality (Is he/she smart? Funny?)
When you describe someone’s personality, you are describing their character. Your character is how you act and how you treat other people. Do you show other people you care about them? Do you cooperate and play fair? Are you honest and courageous? Do you pay attention to your own feelings as well as others’ feelings? Are you a responsible person? Do you keep trying even when the going gets rough?
A Character From Real Life Find a story about an interesting person in today’s newspaper.With your classmates, discuss why the person is in the news and why you find him or her interesting. Work together as a class to make a list of words describing this person.
Would you like to invite this person to visit your class? Make a list of questions you would like to ask the person.
Definition Match Below you will see a list of words and another list of definitions. You may already know some of the ones that belong together. Others may be new to you. See how many you can match?
Information is from the KRP NIE tab, “It’s All About You” distributed by the NIE Institute.
To print this page, click on the following link: http://legacy.grandforksherald.com/pdfs/QUITE%20A%20CHARACTER%20PRINT%20VERSION.pdf
Happy Anniversary to the GFPS Career and Character Education’s 4myfuture blog! 4myfuture will celebrate their one year blogging anniversary on Feb. 10.
4myfuture is a blog devoted to the Career and Character Education for all students – elementary school, middle school, high school, and post secondary. The authors are staff of the Career Education and Character Education departments of the Grand Forks Public Schools. You’ll find information on job shadowing, career fairs, Helping Hands program, Junior Achievement, study skills, job interview tips for teens and many more topics included in Career and Character Education. 4myfuture.com is a great resource, especially if you have students in Grand Forks Public Schools.
They have had a lot of interesting and informative posts the past year. Be sure to check out the archives.
Click on the following link to visit 4myfuture: http://4myfuture.areavoices.com