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DAY 7: Character in a Jar

Posted on December 07, 2011 in News

If you are seeking new ways to build community in the classroom, you may want to check out this series of prompt jars, like Character in a Jar, from Free Spirit Publishing. They have attitude, problem solving, and choice-making jars. I chose to feature this character jar, however, as it is based on one of my favorite books for teachers—What Do You Stand For? by Barbara Lewis.

This jar is filled with 101 little cards printed with words or phrases such as “Caring”, “Giving”, “Service and Sharing”, “Empathy”, “Citizenship”, “Cleanliness”, “Patience”, “Compassion”, “Tolerance”, “Cooperation”, “Reliability”, “Being Punctual”, and many more. Teachers can use them as discussion-starters, skit suggestions, or writing prompts. Students can act them out, talk them over, or plan ways to live them every day. This set of prompts is marketed for learners in middle or high school but I think most of these would work just as well for those in upper elementary grades.

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