How Does Respect Grow?

I taught a lesson about respect to a group of fifth graders. I decided to use a flower theme since, it was almost May and "April showers bring May flowers."

I made a poster with construction paper letter and flower cut-outs. The message on the poster stated, "How does respect grow?" I brought in a flower and asked students if they could tell me what a flower needs to grow. Some answers included, water, dirt, air, sunlight. I explained to students that just like flowers, people need water, air, and sunlight to grow too.

 I asked the students if anyone could tell me what the word "thrive" means. One student stated, "to do really well." I explained that people need food, water, and air to survive, but in order to thrive people need to be treated well and respected.

I asked students if they could think of any examples of how they could respect someone else. Some of the answers included, make my mom breakfast, be kind to others, treat others as you would like to be treated, follow the golden rule, etc.

I gave each student a cut-out tulip and asked them to write a way that they could show respect to someone else. After the students were finished, we glued the flowers onto the poster board.

You could also modify this lessons for lower grades. A great book to read with this lesson is The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle.

You could also make this lesson into a bulletin board in your school.

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Danielle is a K-12 Certified School Counselor, Nationally Certified Counselor, and blogger at School Counselor Blog, a place where school counselors share innovative ideas, creative lesson plans, and quality resources.  Contact Danielle via email, follow her on twitter, and become a fan of the School Counselor Blog Facebook Page.

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