Integrity - 2

Foundational

Teachers

Goal: Given a social situation, the student will act with integrity (such as taking responsibility for his/her own actions) in 8 out of 10 observable opportunities, as measured by a teacher assessment tool.

Objectives:
1. Define honesty.
2. Identify the right thing to do, even when no one is watching.
3. Take responsibility for his/her own actions in a given situation.

Definitions of Key Terms: Integrity means doing the right thing, even when no one is looking. It means acting honestly and taking responsibility for your own actions.

Discussion Points

  • Sometimes doing the right thing isn’t always easy.
  • Sometimes doing the right thing isn’t always fun.
  • Doing the right thing may not be popular with your friends or classmates.
  • Being honest, fair, and responsible is up to you.

Discuss these points or your own with students. Review the discussion points with the students. The teacher may want to share their own examples of when he/she acted with integrity in a hard situation.

Possible activities to review the discussion points or use your own:

Think. Pair. Share: The teacher will pose questions related to the discussion points. Explain to students that the purpose of the activity is to think about the question and activate prior knowledge. The teacher will model the procedure to facilitate student understanding.

  • T (Think): Teacher begins by asking a specific question using the discussion topics.
  • P (Pair): Each student should be paired with another student, small group or work with a teacher. Pairs write brief answers on sticky notes or scrap paper.
  • S (Share): Students share their thinking with their partner. Teacher then leads a whole-group conversation using students’ answers.

SEL Categories Activity:

  • Ask students to create a list of words associated with the topic (give them 2-5 minutes to complete).
  • Once time is up, ask each student to share a word or thought from their list.
  • Other students must cross that word or thought off their list.
  • Continue the process until all words or thoughts have been listed.

Directions for In-Person or Virtual Learning: You have three options for students to complete this lesson.

  • Option 1: Print the Student Activity Sheet for each student. Complete the lesson as a group and assign the activity sheet to the students.
  • Option 2: Click the Student link to access the activity sheet electronically and post to your Learning Management System (if your school has one) or send the link to the student. The student may complete the activity sheet electronically within the classroom on a shared computer or device.
  • Option 3: Click the Student link to access the activity sheet electronically and send the link to the student. The student may access the link from a home computer, chromebook, iPad or other device.

Activity 1: What Is Integrity?

Discuss with students the meaning of integrity: Doing the right thing even when no one is looking.

Ask students to think about and share situations when they may need to practice integrity at school. Discuss with students how to take responsibility for their actions when they don’t act with integrity.

Materials Needed:
  • Student Activity Sheet A - 1 per student
  • Pencil for each student

Some examples could include (or create your own): Not looking at their neighbor’s paper during their spelling test. Giving money found in the hall to the teacher.

Ask students to complete Student Activity Sheet A. When students have finished, ask them to share with the group.

Student Activity Sheet A

Directions: Write about a time you had to act with integrity. Write your definition of honesty below.

Activity 2: The Choice Is Yours

Using large sheets of paper, label opposite sides of the room CHOICE 1 and CHOICE 2. Explain to students that you will read a situation to them. Ask them to listen to the situation and think about how to act with integrity in that situation. After reading out loud the situation, ask students to choose what they would do for each scenario and move to the appropriate side of the room. Discuss with students why they chose their answer.

Materials Needed:
  • Labels for room
  • Situations to read out loud

Situation 1: Silas and PJ were at your house after school. Your parents weren’t home. Silas suggested watching a movie that you know your parents would not approve of. Would you…

Choice 1: Watch it anyway, your parents aren’t home and won’t find out.

Choice 2: Tell Silas your parents would not approve of watching that movie and find something else to watch.

Situation 2: You forgot to study for your spelling test. During the test you realize you can see Anya’s answers. You know Anya is a good student. Would you…

Choice 1: Do your own work. You may not pass the test but it is not ok to cheat.

Choice 2: Copy Anya’s answers so you can pass the test.

Situation 3: You saw Donny take money out of the backpack of another student in class. Would you…

Choice 1: Tell your teacher what you saw, even if it means Donny is mad at you.

Choice 2: Not say anything, you weren’t the one who stole the money.

Activity 3: How Do You Show Integrity?

Discuss the key points from Activities 1 and 2 with students. Discuss the following with students:

Materials Needed:
  • Student Activity Sheet B - 1 per student
  • Pencil for each student
  • How does it make others feel when you show integrity?
  • How do others feel when you don’t show integrity?
  • How do you feel when you show integrity?
  • How do you feel when you don’t show integrity?
  • Ask students to complete the Student Activity Sheet B. If time, ask students to share their responses.

Student Activity Sheet B

Directions: Read each situation and write about how you would show integrity.

1. You are buying three candy bars at the store. The cashier only charges you for two.

2. A friend asks you to copy your answers during a test at school.

3. You found $10 on the floor in the cafeteria.

Lesson Extension: Listening Comprehension and Grammar Review

Explain that a script is a form of dialogue writing between characters in a movie, play, or broadcast. Students should listen carefully as the teacher plays the example scripts from the immersive reader. Replay the script if needed. Allow students time to answer the questions on Student Activity Sheet C.

Materials Needed:
  • Student Activity Sheet C - 1 per student
  • Pencil for each student
  • Student Activity Sheet D - 1 per student
  • Red and purple colored pencil or crayon

After students have finished, discuss the listening comprehension questions together.

After completing the listening comprehension portion of this activity, provide students a copy of Student Activity Sheet D. Point out to students the features of script text that indicate which character is talking. Remind students that this is a dialogue between characters.

Ask students to complete Student Activity Sheet D.

Display the script using the immersive reader and highlight the nouns in the script. Students should self check their work to determine if they correctly named two nouns. Repeat the process for verbs and conjunctions.

If time allows students may partner together and role play the script.

An example of a script with children demonstrating integrity:
PJ: Hey Chris I got the answers to the math test off of Mr. B’s desk. Do you want to see them?
Chris: No, I don’t think it would be right.

An example of a script with children not demonstrating integrity:
PJ: (picking money up off the floor and slips it in his pocket)
Chris: Hey PJ. I lost my $20. Have you seen it?
PJ: No, I haven’t but I’ll let you know if I do.

Read Aloud Recommendations: Completing a read aloud with students is a great way for them to see and learn social skills as well as incorporating reading skills. Below are some books that could be used to reinforce the concept. Read and discuss as appropriate for level and as time allows throughout the lesson.

  • Fancy Nancy, My Family History, Jane O’Connor
  • Integrity: What Kids Shouldn’t Do and Why, Marvin Soskil and Charles Berton
  • Jamaica’s Find, Juanita Havill
  • Princess K.I.M. and the Lie That Grew, Maryann Cocca-Leffler
  • That’s Mine Horace, Holly Keller
  • The Empty Pot, Demi
  • Stand Tall!: A book about integrity, Cheri J. Meiners

Student Activity Sheet C

Directions: Think about the script read/played for the class and complete the questions below.

1. Who are the characters in this script?

2. What did PJ get off of Mr. B’s desk?

3. How did Chris show integrity?

4. How do you feel when someone asks you to do something you know is wrong?

Student Activity Sheet D

Directions: In the scripts below, circle in purple two nouns that name a person and one noun that names a place. Circle in red two verbs. Underline the contractions. As a bonus, write the two words that make the contractions.

Remember:

A noun names a person, place, thing, or idea.

A verb names describe an action, a state, or an occurrence.

A contraction is a word made from shortening or combining two words.

An example of a script with children demonstrating integrity:
PJ: Hey Chris I got the answers to the math test off of Mr. B’s desk. Do you want to see them?
Chris: No, I don’t think it would be right.

An example of a script with children not demonstrating integrity:
PJ: (picking money up off the floor and slips it in his pocket)
Chris: Hey PJ. I lost my $20. Have you seen it?
PJ: No, I haven’t but I’ll let you know if I do.

Application Activity

Review and discuss example scripts from the lesson extension activity.

In small groups or pairs, have the students create scripts that demonstrate acting with and not acting with integrity. Use the script sheet to create students' scripts.

Materials Needed:
  • Script sheet for each group
  • Pencil for each student

Have students record their scripts using the SiLAS software. Remind students to name and save their work. Premiere the movies with the group members at the end of each session.

Topic Checkout

Review the key points from Activities 1, 2 and 3.

Ask students to complete the Student Topic Checkout. Discuss answers with students when all have finished.

Materials Needed:
  • Student Topic Checkout - 1 per student
  • Pencil for each student

Topic Checout

Directions: Read each statement and circle true or false.

1. Integrity is doing the right thing, even when one is looking.

2. Integrity is always easy.

3. Doing the right thing is always fun.

4. Integrity takes honesty and courage.