Welcome to Success
- Grades: 3–5
The start of the school year is the time to set the tone for the rest of the school year. This literature-rich unit will ignite a discussion about the necessary traits for a year of success. Members of a learning community demonstrate many traits of success while fostering those traits in others.
- Generate a list of traits that facilitate success (tolerance, respect, integrity, etc.)
- Identify the traits portrayed by characters in literature
- Rank the traits in order of importance
- Justify their top 3 and bottom two ranked traits
- Agree upon 10-12 traits for success that will guide the students through the year
- Define each of these traits in student-friendly language
- Reflect in writing how students are demonstrating these traits in school and at home
- Reflect and discuss how their peers are demonstrating these traits in school
- Reflect in writing about the traits (“Which attitudes are your strengths?”)
- Set goals for a successful year (“Which attitudes do you want to further develop?”)
Lesson Plans for this Unit
In cooperative groups, students will use a digital camera to illustrate each of the traits and write a caption to accompany the photos. These photos can either be made into books or into a beautiful classroom display.