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Community Meeting

Welcome Hantaywee!


  • Hantaywee
  • Respect Cheer – Click to play

Greeting Objective

The learners will be introduced to their respect mascot, Hantaywee.


  • Students sit in a circle.
  • The teacher introduces one of the class’s mascots, Hantaywee, the bear.
  • Briefly explain that Hantaywee got his name from the Native American language, as they saw the bear as a gentle
           creature that faithfully protected their cubs. Hantaywee means “faithful.”

Hint: While explaining Hantaywee’s background, pass Hantaywee around the circle.

  • To welcome Hantaywee, the class will listen to the “Respect Cheer” sung by Hantaywee.
  • Next, the students will chant the cheer together.
  • Conclude by everyone welcoming Hantaywee.

Use the following format:

Class: “Welcome to our class, Hantaywee!”


Engagement Objective

The learners will learn information about Hantaywee’s background.


  • The teacher will be a puppeteer and have Hantaywee introduce a story about his history.
  • Students listen to the story about Hantaywee (click to play).
  • Discuss the three ways that Hantaywee mentions about being respectful to people, animals, and the environment.
  • Conclude by discussing respectful ways to treat Hantaywee in the classroom. (This is a good time to mention where he will be located
           in the classroom and respectful handling rules).

Note: On the back of the booklet about Hantaywee is a quote about respect. Discuss at another community meeting. You can even post it in your classroom!


End your community meeting by informing your students about the schedule of the day.

ASCA: Grade K, PS:A1.2 Identify values, attitudes and beliefs.

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