Trust Banner

Grades: 
K, 1, 2
Students will create a backdrop of all the students' hands linked together to show trust within the classroom. This will be used later in the Unit. This activity is designed to keep the students focused on trusting one another.
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Duration 
PrintOne Twenty-Minute Class Period
Objectives 
The learner will:
  • explain how students influence each other when there is trust.
Materials 
  • A large piece of material, a plain sheet of paper (3' x 2')
  • Fabric or tempera paints in multiple colors
  • A dowel and string for hanging
Home Connection 
Interactive/Parent/Student Homework: Send a letter home telling parents about the trust building activity and to watch for days when students will be asked to wear appropriate clothing or bring a specific item. Parents should watch for our trust banner to fly at important activities.

Instructions

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  1. Anticipatory Set:Ask students to brainstorm ways that we could show the school that we trust one another. (Examples: Wear all the same color one day, all wear school shirts on a different day than the rest of the school, sit together at lunch time, etc.)

  2. Review the definition of "trust." Inform the students that we are making a trust banner that will illustrate how we as a class trust each other by sharing our time, talents and treasures with one another.
  3. Make a chart on the board or on large paper with three columns: Time, Talent, and Treasure. Ask the students to name some "free time" where they could share something with someone else. Have them pick one of their talents (something they know how to do well) to share with someone else, and ask them to pick something that they treasure, (money, toy, book) that they could share with someone else. Fill in chart.
  4. Discuss how important each hand is in our class: how we couldn't pick up the room without every hand helping, or do some of the work without every hand.
  5. Set up paint trays in a semi-circle around the material. Have students place their hands in the paint and press firmly on the material. One of their hands must connect the previous hand and the other hand will connect with the next hand. Wash both hands in soapy water.
  6. When the banner is full of all the hands, let it dry and display it in your room. You may choose to carry this banner with you to places where trust is important.
  7. To remind students of the importance of trust, ask them to describe how individuals influence each other when there is trust. Review the definition of "trust." Inform the students that we are making a banner that will illustrate how we as a class trust each other by sharing our time, talents and treasures with one another.
Assessment 
Teacher observation will include asking the students the question, "Trust is…?"

Philanthropy Framework

  1. Strand PHIL.II Philanthropy and Civil Society
    1. Standard PCS 01. Self, citizenship, and society
      1. Benchmark E.1 Define the word <em>trust</em> and its role in all communities.