What Respect Means to Me

Unit of 5 Lessons
Grade Levels: 
3
4
5
Subjects: 
Language Arts
Philanthropy
Social Studies
Arts Education
Mathematics
Science
Issue Area: 
Civil society
Focus Question 

 How does respectful behavior affect the school community and what is each person's responsibility to promote it? 

 

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Unit Overview 

Students develop and practice respect for self, others, and the environment. They create good habits of respect, show acceptance for diversity, and learn positive self-talk. They define disrespect and teach others the consequences of bullying.

Service Experience 
Learners identify areas around the school that need to be cleaned up or organized. They make a plan to show respect for common property and/or the environment and encourage others to show respect for the shared property. In addition, learners may choose to do a second service project that teaches others about respect for self, others, or property. They assess community needs related to treating people with respect and valuing diversity. Ideas include establishing friendships with seniors or sharing anti-bullying techniques with the school community.
Lessons in This Unit 
Unit: 
What Respect Means to Me
Lesson 1 of 5
Grades: 
3
4
5

Learners define respect first without any input from the teacher or class discussion. Then as a group, they discuss the meaning of respect and differentiate it and contrast it with disrespectful behavior to self and others.

Unit: 
What Respect Means to Me
Lesson 2 of 5
Grades: 
3
4
5

The students will demonstrate self-respect by learning good habits for taking care of their emotional and physical health.  The students will be provided with an opportunity to practice treating oneself and being treated by others with respect. They explore why caring for self and others is good for the community.

Unit: 
What Respect Means to Me
Lesson 4 of 5
Grades: 
3
4
5

After learning about the definition of respect toward self and others, students will be provided with an opportunity to see and behave with respect towards property in the community.  Students will make observations around the school and record their findings in order to better understand how to learn positive habits towards property.

Unit: 
What Respect Means to Me
Lesson 5 of 5
Grades: 
3
4
5

Students examine how their understanding of respect evolved. This will be achieved by creating and completing a reflection/demonstration project that illustrates what respect for self, others, property and environment looks likes.