Week of Respect 2016
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Monday, October 24, 2016


Week of Respect 2016!

Week of respect

Week of Respect kicked off with a district wide art project.  Students helped to color in the letters of the “Thumbs Up for being an Up-Stander” poster by taking the up-stander pledge and marking their thumb print.  Throughout the entire week there were theme days; “put a cap on conflict” and “team up against bullying”.  Each grade level had classroom lessons on respect, kindness, friendship, dealing with jealousy, and being an up-stander. 

Pre-K & Kindergarten classes read “Sammy The Dragon”, a story about a dragon who doesn’t have any friends because he looks big and scary.  The main question was “how can we be a good friend to others?”.  Students said that sharing their toys, smiling, saying hello, and asking someone to play with them were all ways to be a good friend to others. 

1st grade classes completed a group picture using only the color blue.  After a few students added on to the picture, a class discussion was held about what could make the picture better.  The students discussed their similarities and differences; they all have different skin color, eye color and hair, they are different shapes and sizes and heights.  They are similar because they are all in 1st grade and live in Ventnor. Then we read “The Crayon Box That Talked” to emphasize how much more beautiful the world is because were all unique and special.  “We are a box of crayons, each one of us unique.  But when we get together, the picture is complete.”

Students in 2nd grade read “Lilly and Sully”, a book written by a New Jersey High School Student, which won first prize in the 2015 Diverse Minds Youth Writing Challenge.  After reading the story the students discussed ‘the golden rule’, feelings of jealousy, and taking responsibility for their actions.  When asked “How did Sully take responsibility for making Lilly feel sad?”, students responded with “he said he was sorry”, “he explained why he was mean”, and “Sully asked to be Lilly’s friend”.  The students also discussed the importance of the golden rule and always treating others the way they want to be treated. 

In grade three, students watched the Pixar Short film “For the Birds”.  Students were able to recognize the bully, the victim and the by-standers.  Everyone shared their thoughts on being an Up-Stander and the Up-Stander rule.  Everyone reviewed the Up-Stander rule and learned an easy way to remember the rule; Stop, walk, and talk.  Tell the person to STOP, WALK away from the person who is bothering you, and TALK to an adult. 


4th grade students participated in a class lesson titled “Brush Up on Respect”.  The main idea of the lesson surrounds how our words and actions can create a big mess if we don’t think before we speak or act.  During the lesson one volunteer student covered an “R” that stood for respect with toothpaste each time one of their classmates shared an idea about what respect looks like, sounds like, and how respect feels.  Once we “brushed up on respect” and the “R” was completely covered in toothpaste the students were asked to imagine the toothpaste represented rudeness and unkind words or actions.  The volunteer was asked to put the toothpaste back into the tube.   The students were able to make the connection and see what a mess it was trying to put all the toothpaste back and understood the true meaning; once words are spoken they are really difficult to take back.  We need to think about our words and actions and always treat others the way we want to be treated.


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