Learning Respect and Manners
Written by: Denae Mohlman
Subject Area(s): Sociology and Psychology
Grade Level: Fourth Grade
Utah State University
- 1. Students will understand the difference
between respectful and disrespectful behaviors through discussion
of the simulation and successful completion of the worksheet on
manners and respect.
- 2. Students will review and understand the six
pillars of character, by writing in their journals reasonable ways
they can demonstrate the six pillars in their lives.
- -Copies of Showing
Respect and Using Manners
transparency with six pillars listed
(citizenship, caring, respect, responsibility, fairness, and
- 1. Explain to the students that today instead
of having a teacher lead the shared reading, the teacher will pick
a student to lead the class. Tell the student that the teacher
will become a student and he or she may pick on him or her to
- 2. Do a simulation. Turn the time over to the
student selected, and join the students at their desks. Start
doing things that would be disrespectful (e.g., get up and sharpen
a pencil, talk across the room, stand up and walk around,
- 3. After a few minutes, ask the students if
some of the behaviors were distracting and disrespectful. Explain
that often these same sorts of things happen in the class when
they get up during the lessons.
- 4. Explain that today they will be learning
about ways to show respect for each other and the types of good
manners they should display.
- 5. Explain the concept of active listening.
When the teacher or another student is talking, mouths should be
closed, hands should be still, and ears should be
- 6. Using the overhead, briefly review the six
pillars of character. Have the students take their journals out
and, for each of the six pillars, write down one way they can show
them in their lives.
- 7. Bring the class back together. Ask for the
students to volunteer their thoughts of the six pillars, and make
notes on the overhead under each of them.
- 8. Give the worksheet to the students and have
them take it home and complete it for homework.
Questions? E-mail Denae at email@example.com
- 1. Journal entries show the students'
understanding of the six pillars and reasonable ways they use the
six pillars in their own lives.
- 2. Answers on worksheet show serious thought
and understanding of how to change behaviors to show respect and