HELPING TEACHERS INSPIRE COMPASSION FOR ANIMALS, PEOPLE & THE ENVIRONMENT

Character Education

Division 1: Kindergarten to Grade 3

Below are discussion questions and activities to foster respect for animals, people, and the environment. Both the discussion questions and activities are part of the ‘Every One Counts’ character education theme for the 2017-2018 school year! To see other character building themes, click here!

Discussion Questions:

  • What does ‘every one counts’ mean to you?
  • Do you agree with the statement? Why or why not?
  • What does it mean to respect someone or something? Does every person deserve respect? Do all animals deserve respect?
  • What are ways that we can demonstrate respect for ourselves? Others? Animals? The environment?
  • What are some reasons people do not always show respect to other people? Animals? The environment? Do you think these are good reasons?
  • How do you feel when others show you respect? Why is it important to show respect?

Activities:

1. Comparing Rabbits and Owls

Using this Comparing Pet Rabbits and Owls Venn diagram activity sheet, have students list similarities and differences between pet rabbits and owls. Although these animals are very different, they both have value and deserve respect!

2. Make a Poster

Have students identify each animal on the poster as pet, farm or wild animal. Have students create their own posters with different animals they feel need more respect or expand the poster to include animals, people, and the environment. Students can use this template or create their own poster.

Curriculum Connections

Social Studies
  • K.2 I Belong
    • General Outcome: Students will demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of the characteristics and interests that unite members of communities and groups.
      • K.2.3 appreciate how their participation in their communities affects their sense of belonging
        • Develop an awareness of the importance of sharing the responsibility of caring for the environment.
Science
  • General Learner Expectations: Students will:
    • 1-4 Demonstrate positive attitudes for the study of science and for the application of science in responsible ways.
    • Specific Learner Expectations: Students will show growth in acquiring and applying the following traits:
      • a sense of responsibility for actions taken
      • respect for living things and commitment for their care
  • Topic E: Needs of Plants and Animals
    • General Learner Expectation: Students will:
      • 1-11 Describe some common living things, and identify needs of those living things.
      • Specific Learner Expectations: Students will:
        • 3. Identify ways in which living things are value
Science
  • General Learner Expectations: Students will:
    • 2-4 Demonstrate positive attitudes for the study of science and for the application of science in responsible ways.
    • Specific Learner Expectations: Students will show growth in acquiring and applying the following traits:
      • a sense of responsibility for actions taken
      • respect for living things and commitment for their care
Science
  • General Learner Expectations: Students will:
    • 3-4 Demonstrate positive attitudes for the study of science and for the application of science in responsible ways.
    • Specific Learner Expectations: Students will show growth in acquiring and applying the following traits:
      • a sense of responsibility for actions taken
      • respect for living things and commitment for their care

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