For the month of November, we are focusing on the word “commitment.” We have different character traits that we focus on each month and our classroom lessons are based on those traits. For our commitment focus, we have worked with students on the importance of doing our best and not giving up. We have also talked about goal setting and what it means to stay committed to our goals. Here is a brief description of classroom lessons this month:
Kindergarten: We read Beautiful Oops! by Barney Saltzberg and talked about how some mistakes can be made into something better if we think of new, creative solutions. Students did an imagination workout by turning doodles into new pictures and also watched a student favorite video about Ormie the Pig.
First grade: Students watched a video about a student committed to doing his best on a science project. They then had the opportunity to recognize different situations as ones in which people were showing commitment or not. Students were provided a handout to list different ways they can be committed in their worlds.
Second grade: In second grade, we introduced the idea of setting goals that students can work towards. We read a story about a warm fuzzy feeling named “Wish.” Wish often wished for things but had to learn through hard work and commitment how to make his wishes come true. After a discussion about how to set goals and identifying personal goals, students created their own fuzzies. They added eyes to their fuzzies (pom pom balls) as a way to signify that goals need vision for future steps.
Third grade: We read the book “Planning Isn’t My Priority” by Julia Cook to talk about how we have to plan and stay committed to reach our goals. Students then completed their own wheel of fortunes for goals they would like to reach by identifying a goal and several steps they would need to take to reach it.
Fourth grade: Fourth graders viewed another student favorite video called Piper. After discussing the video and what it took for the main character to overcome his/her fear, students identified three goals to work towards. They completed worksheets with the goals listed on the top and steps to complete on the bottom.
Fifth grade: We continued working with students on goal-setting after reading an inspirational interview done with Michael Jordan. Students were then asked to identify their own goals and complete a sheet that listed steps to achieving the goal as well as challenges they could expect along the way.
As you can see, explaining the concept of commitment to Kindergarteners is much different than explaining it to upper grades! Our hope is that all students will leave this month’s lessons understanding the importance of creative thinking, planning and goal setting and never giving up when things get tough.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends!