Seven Habits of Highly Effective Students

Seven Habits of Highly Effective Students

This lesson is for : Grade 5:


Students will research and present the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People to another school’s fifth grade classes in an effort to share what it’s like being part of a Leader in Me school. We hope to inspire other students to want to better themselves by embracing the 7 Habits into their own lives.

TIPC Ratings

Research & Information Fluency

Rating: Approaching – Explanation: Using the Question Formulation Technique, each group will generate as many questions about their Habit as possible in a fixed amount of time. They will then choose three of what they consider to be the best of their question, research and answer them for the purpose of sharing their findings with the fifth grade classes from Laburnum Elementary School via Google Hangouts. One Search, Kid Rex, TodaysMeet, and Google Classroom will be sources they will use to assemble and synthesize their findings.

Communication & Collaboration

Rating: Approaching – Explanation: Students will select appropriate digital tools, i.e. Google Classroom, Google Slides, TodaysMeet, and Google Hangouts, to communicate and collaborate with their classmates and Mr. Smith. They will also use TodaysMeet and Google Slides as a means to share and offer feedback throughout the process. This feedback will offer the chance to reflect on their roles as effective communicators and collaborators. This will provide opportunities to demonstrate the real-world use of the 7 Habits by setting personal goals for improvement as an individual (Habits 1, 2, and 3) and working in an interdependent manner in an atmosphere of mutual respect (Habits 4, 5, and 6). The all-encompassing 7th Habit will foster the development of the whole child: body, mind, heart, and soul.

Critical Thinking & Problem Solving

Rating: Approaching – Explanation: The Question Formulation Technique is an excellent way to promote critical thinking and problem solving. It immediately engages each group by requiring them to ask a myriad of questions in a fixed amount of time. Questions may not be answered, judged, or discussed during this time. After the time is up, students must identify each question as an open question or a closed question. They then rewrite several open questions as closed questions and via versa. Finally, they choose three questions that will become their “Priority Questions”. These will be the questions they will research and present to their intended audience. They will use whatever medium they decide on as a group to create their presentation. Once presentations are over, they will be afforded the opportunity to reflect on their presentation and offer one another feedback on their presentations. Did they sufficiently answer their three Priority Questions? Did their presentation clearly and thoroughly provide sufficient details about their Habit? Was the presentation effectively communicated to their audience in an impactful and thought-provoking way? What could they do differently next time?

Creativity & Innovation

Rating: Approaching – Explanation: Habit 6, Synergize, will play a key role in creativity and innovation. Students will individually come up with ideas of existing and self-generated knowledge for creating their final product. They will then adopt a–“Not my way. Not your way. But a third way. Our way. A better way. A way that never existed before”–attitude. This is the essence and magic of Synergy. Creating third alternatives from a pool of shared ideas and ingenuity. It also taps into Habit 4: Think Win-Win and Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood. Habits 4 and 5 are what give Habit 6 traction and momentum. Independent students learning to work in an interdependent world.

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