Character Education Classroom Resources
Ideas and Strategies
- Promote a wide range of diverse teaching strategies that provide opportunities for all learners to engage with the curricular materials.
- Provide opportunities to address ethical issues in all content areas. Weave the question “What is the right thing to do?” into discussions.
- Have journal writings focus on character development traits.
- Have students create character posters of people who exemplify one or more of the character traits.
- After a unit of study, have students create a character “quilt” (using paper, felt, etc.) that details the character traits that are associated with what they have studied.
- Have students create a “chain of kindness”—a paper chain with acts of kindness written on each link.
- Provide “anonymous compliments” activities by having students draw a name of a classmate and write down a compliment. Place these in the “compliment box,” and after review by the teacher, give to the student. Staff members might also enjoy this activity.
- Have your students participate in the Laws for Life essay contest.
- Utilize read alouds as examples of strong character. Chicken Soup books and some newspaper human-interest stories are good resources for this.
Useful LinksCenter for Character & Social ResponsibilityCenter for Civic EducationFoundation for a Better LifeGood Character WebsiteInstitute for Global EthicsNational Character Education CenterThe Random Acts of Kindness FoundationTeaching Tolerance