Character Education Lesson

Character Education Lesson

Today’s post is all about the books we are using to explore the different values we can show to be great classmates and do our best in and out of school – the Ordinary People Change the World series.  This is a series of biographies that are written by Brad Meltzer and illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos.  Brad started to write these books because he wanted to create books that showed different heroes his daughter and son could look up to.

Each book has a particular lesson the figure teaches through there life.  For example, I am Albert Einstein talks about always being curious.  When we read the books, we look at the value in three different ways throughout our exploration – how the value can be applied to ourselves, how the value can be applied with each other, and how the value can be applied when we are in nature.  Sticking with the I am Albert Einstein example, we created pages for a class book that says what we are curious about.  We also created a BINGO board of our favorite things and then went on a favorite hunt to see how many other people were curious about or liked the same things.  This value of being curious also lead to our first lessons about solo spots.

We will be exploring these books throughout the year.  Here is who we have met so far:

  • Albert Einstein   –   Be curious.
  • Helen Keller  –         Work hard wherever you are.
  • Lucille Ball –             Have a positive attitude.

Over the course of the year, we will be meeting the following people:

  • Jim Henson
  • Jackie Robinson
  • Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Rosa Parks
  • George Washington
  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Amelia Earhart
  • Jane Goodall
  • Sacagawea
  • Ghandi

It will be a lot of fun, and we will learn a lot!