I’ve had folks ask me how I come up with ideas for resources for my learners. I would tell you that 90% of the ideas come from actually trying to solve a problem in my room. Hence…the character series I started two years ago. I had some students that really needed to work on responding to situations with a happy heart.
I wanted the series of lessons to last about a week, and give the kids actual situational practice thinking about and responding to things in a thankful way.
The results were excellent!
The students loved the songs I came up with and the activities too!
Each day there was a lesson. I wrote out explicit plans for each one. We had some kind of hands on activity daily and then the students could respond on some of the printables I came up with for the unit. If you are looking for something like this, it can be used any time of year, but especially in the run up to the holidays when the kids can become singularly focused on what would make them happy. The point of this unit is to get them thinking about someone other than themselves. My parents said that the kids came home singing and talking about what they learned, so, I would say…it was a success! 🙂