This page will allow teachers and students to share activities dealing with
character education. This would be a good place to share how you are
building character coping with the September 11 tragedy. You may submit,
text, photos, work samples, etc.
(Teachers: make sure you have permission to publish student photos and
work before submitting)
Click on the eMail link above. Send us your activity and the character
trait it represents. Add your first name only or teacher's name, your
school name, state and country. We will post your activity here.
Mrs. Sumner's Heroes Club:
This idea came from Mrs. Renz's Fourth Grade Class in Oregon. After
requesting permission to use her idea and links, I adapted it to fit our
school-wide theme of heroes. Be sure to check it out. If you decide to do
something like this in your school, be sure to seek permission from Mrs. Renz
Adopt A Family
Submitted by: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Student Council in my school adopted a family for Christmas. The family
included a mother and two sons, ages two and almost six years old. Each of
the grades in our school brought non-perishable food items for the family.
The Student Council also had some funds to go shopping for the family. I
decided to ask my Fourth Grade students if they would be willing to do
something for the family as a class. I suggested that we could use the money
that they would have spent on me for Christmas to buy toys for the two
children in the adopt-a-family. They loved the idea. We met at 7:00pm in a
local educational toy store (P.B.E’s). We purchased gifts for the two
children. I brought the gifts to school the next day and we wrapped the
presents for the two children. I had the students each take one of the
character traits listed and tie it into our activity.
Adopt A Family
Mrs. Doris Hallam
School Counselor - Sullivan Elementary
Missouri - USA
Character Trait: Responsibility
I had all the second graders write down on one hand responsibilities that
they do at home, and on the other hand the responsibilities they do at school.
Second Grade Responsibility Hands
Mrs. Pam Lowe's 4th Grade eMINTS Class
Poplar Bluff, Missouri
Here is a weekly character education project that we are currently working on:
One By One: A Character Education Project
Mrs. Sumner's Fourth Grade eMINTS Class
Sullivan Elementary School
One way our school incorporates character education is by focusing on a
specific character trait each quarter. We have chosen "Responsibility,
Respect, Honesty, and Cooperation". One grade level is chosen each quarter
to create posters about a character trait. Fourth Grade will make posters
for "Respect" in January. These posters will be placed in businesses as a
reminder to all to practice good character traits. We will add photos of our
posters to the "Sharing Posters" page as we complete them.
Reaching Out to the World - Schoolwide Project
Mrs. Sumner's Classroom Travel Agency
All classes, grades 2-5, work on the same theme during the month of January.
This year, the school focused on "reaching out to the world" by learning
about the different cultures of countries around the world. We can learn
respect for others who are different by learning about those differences.
Sullivan Elementary School's Schoolwide Project
Submitted by: Mrs. Sumner
Sullivan Elementary School
There have been several national projects aimed at healing our hearts after
9/11. Author Erica Craigston created such an opportunity with her
upcoming book. Craigston paid a small fee to children who wished to
contribute artwork, essays, letters, poetry, or writing about 9/11 or our
patriotism. Her book will be available on bookstore shelves, and is called
September 11: Through the Eyes of a Child
Over 25 students from Sullivan Elementary School participated and will have
their work published.
UPDATE: The book has been printed and can be usually be ordered through
any bookstore. It can be ordered directly from Erica Craigston ($14.95,
including shipping) with 100% of the proceeds going to charity.
Follow the link - Order Info - on Ms. Craigston's website: