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RESPECT

Curricular Connection

The Super Stars of Respect

Materials

  • Book—The Sneetches by Dr. Seuss
  • Star Symbol (one per child)—Sticker, necklace, hat, etc.

Social Studies

By showing respect for each other, our classroom is a better place.

Objective

The learners will discuss their experience being a member of the “special group” and a member of the “left-out group.”

Activity

  • Read the story The Sneetches by Dr. Seuss. After reading the book, make a list of class “special jobs” (i.e., line leader, door holder, light
           person, paper passer-outer, etc.)
  • Next, divide the class in half with one-half wearing the “star symbol” for the first half of the day. The teacher may choose to explain or
           not to explain to the students that the groups will be switched after lunch. Those wearing the stars will be given the special jobs and
           allowed to line up first, get extra drink time, use special pencils, sit at a special table, etc.
  • At lunch time everyone is treated equal.
  • After lunch switch roles so all children are able to experience both roles.
  • At the end of the day, the teacher will lead the discussion about the day’s experience.

Sample Discussion Questions:

  • How did you feel to be a “star person”?
  • How did you feel to be left out?
  • How did you feel (morning group) to lose your star privileges?
  • How did you feel knowing some of your classmates didn’t get to do the special jobs with you?
  • Do you think we should do this all the time?
  • Do we ever leave classmates out or make them feel left-out?

Conclude by discussing some respectful rules they could follow, so that everyone can be super stars.

ASCA: Grade K, PS:A1.6 Distinguish between appropriate and inappropriate behavior.

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