Then we talked about some other situations. Students gave thumbs up or thumbs down to show if they thought it was respectful or not. Here are a few:
Next we transformed the classroom into a courtroom. Based on the examples the teacher gave me, I wrote some court cases for the students to act out:
Case #1: The Case of the Talking Trick or Treaters - a case of not following the teacher's directions.
Case #2: The Case of Cindy Ella - a case of not following school rules.
Case #3: An Out of this World Case - a case of not paying attention to the lesson.
The remaining students, who were not acting out the case, became the jury as they decided - guilty or not guilty! The kids loved acting and we had some great discussion as to how to show respect in each case. The best part...I got in on the acting and dressed up as the judge (I pulled out my graduation robe and a gavel!)
To sum up the lesson, I let students work together to create a banner of respect. I gave partners one letter of the word "respect" and they would come up with a sentence about respect in the classroom. Here's my example:
After completion of the lesson, students were able to:
• Identify how respect may look differently across different settings
• Become familiar with ways to show kindness toward others
• Establish a classroom culture of respect
I also sell this lesson on TPT:
What is included in this packet?
1. Respect in the Classroom Lesson Plan (3 pages)
2. Respect in the Classroom Interactive Power Point (35 slides)
3. 3 Respect in the Classroom Courtroom Cases’ Scripts (6 pages)
4. Guilty/Not Guilty Signs (2 pages)
5. RESPECT Activity (7 pages)