Character Education lesson plan on gossiping for grades 1st to 3rd
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Read following story with students:
Sarah and Amy were classmates. They were friends, but like many friends, theywere different.
Sarah liked to study. Reading was her very favorite thing to do. She enjoyedschool and taking tests were very easy for her to do.
Amy liked to play sports. She enjoyed baseball, and she was a very good swimmer.
One morning, at school, their teacher gave them all an exam. Like usual, Sarah found it very easy and had fun doing it. Amy did not find it so easy, but she had a lot of fun that afternoon. She went to a swimming pool with her family and she was the fastest swimmer of any of the children there.
The next morning, everyone got their scores from the exam. During recess, Amy told Sarah that she didn’t pass her test. Amy also told Sarah about winning all the swimming races at the pool the day before.
Sarah went to play with her other friend, Emily. A few minutes later, Emily walked up to Amy and began to tease her, saying, “Amy isn’t smart. She didn’t pass her test.”
This made Amy feel bad.
Ask your students which children in the story did something they should not have done.
Encourage discussion and responses. Bring out the point that Emily did something wrong by teasing, but that Sarah also did something wrong by gossiping.
Step 1: Ask students for their definition of the word gossip.
Definition: idle talk, not always true, about other people and their affairs.
Simplified definition: to say something unkind or untrue about someone else when they are not around, also called talking behind someone’s back.
Encourage students to think about the effects of gossip by asking questions such as:
You can encourage the students to share any true stories of what has happened to them, if you so choose.