Recognizing Strengths - 1

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Teachers

Definition: A character strength is something that an individual is good at.

Discussion Points

  • We all have things we are good at. These are our character strengths.

Discuss with students what a strength is. Review the discussion point questions.

Possible activities to review the discussion point:

  • The group should form a circle. Ask a question and allow students to toss a bean bag to those who would like to answer the question.
  • Play tic-tac-toe by dividing the group into teams. Write discussion questions on a post-it note and place them on the tic-tac-toe grid. Allow a representative from the team to select a post-it note and as a team develop an answer to the question. If they get it right they may put their teams marker (x or o) on the grid.

Activity 1: What are character strengths?

Discuss with students that we all have strengths. Review with students the different strengths on the character strength cards. List the strengths on the board and record situations when it would be important to display each strength. Cards can be found at https://www.silassolutions.com/files/Silas/Lessons/118.pdf

Materials Needed:

Activity 2: What is my character strength?

Allow students time to complete student activity sheet A. Seek volunteers to share their work.

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

Activity 3: Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Read a scenario to the students. If it is a situation is something that they should do they should give a thumbs up. If it would not be a good choice they should give a thumbs down.

  1. If you are cooperative you work well with others and enjoy teamwork.
  2. If you are curious you are strong and courageous. You deal with challenges and take on difficult problems.
  3. If you are caring you are great at thinking of new ways of doing things. You are good at solving problems.
  4. If you are curious you are interested about learning new things.
  5. If you are creative you are kind to others and go out of your way to help them.
  6. If you are hard working you give your best effort and work hard at everything you do.
Materials Needed:
  • Statements

Lesson Extension: Listening Comprehension

Explain that a script is a form of dialogue writing between characters in a movie, play, or broadcast. Utilizing the immersive reader students should listen carefully as the teacher plays the example scripts below. Replay the script if needed. Allow students time to answer the questions on student activity sheet B.

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

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

Example script of correctly recognizing strengths:

Tori: Good morning Mr. B. Is there anything I could help you with this morning?
Mr. B: Sure, could you please help pass out these papers.
Tori: I would love to.
Mr. B: Thank you, you are so caring.

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

Script Writing and Animation

Review and discuss example script from lesson extension.

In small groups, have the students create scripts correctly and incorrectly recognizing strengths. Use the script sheet to create students scripts.

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

Example script of correctly recognizing strengths:
Tori: Good morning Mr. B. Is there anything I could help you with this morning?
Mr. B: Sure, could you please help pass out these papers.
Tori: I would love to.
Mr. B: Thank you, you are so caring.

Example script of incorrectly recognizing strengths:
Tori: Good morning Mr. B. Is there anything I could help you with this morning?
Mr. B: Sure, could you please help pass out these papers.
Tori: I would love to
Mr. B: Thank you, you have such a great sense of humor.

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

Lesson Review

Allow students to complete the student lesson review sheet

Materials Needed:
  • Student Lesson Review Sheet
  • Crayons, markers, colored pencils, and/or magazines and glue

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.

  • True You: Authentic Strengths for Kids by Fatima Doman

Students

Go to only student curriculum

Student Activity Sheet A

Directions: Think about a character strength you have. What is it? Draw a picture below.

My strength is

Student Activity Sheet B

Directions: Create a comic to match the script you listened to.

Student Lesson Review Sheet

Directions: Fill in the blanks with a word from the word bank.

hard working caring creative cooperatve brave curious

1. If you are you work well with others and enjoy teamwork.

2. If you are you are strong and courageous. You deal with challenges and take on difficult problems.

3. If you are you are great at thinking of new ways of doing things. You are good at solving problems.

4. If you are you are interested about learning new things.

5. If you are you are kind to others and go out of your way to help them.

6. If you are you give your best effort and work hard at everything you do.