Lesson plans to teach morals

 Lesson ideas for teaching morals to 5th graders. 

Lesson 1

Name of school:Knik Elementary

Date: 11/2/10

Class: Mrs. Bolog

Grade Level:5th

Instructor:Terry LaCoss

Equipment: T.V., Video clips of a basketball game, football game and volleyball game.

Topic: Teaching good morals or sportsmanship

Focus:Teaching students  to identify  good sportsmanship and Bad sportsmanship

Opening activity: Write the word Sportsmanship on the board. Ask the students what they think that word means write those answers on the board.  Then give them the definition of Sportsmanship -

  • playing fair
  • following the rules of the game
  • respecting the judgment of referees and officials
  • treating opponents with respect
  • treating your teammates  and yourself with respect
  • treat others like you would like to be treated
  • Being honest
  • Being responsible for your actions

   activity: Show the students clips of different sporting events. I chose to show them a professional basketball game, a college football game and a high school volleyball game. I have the students look for examples of good and bad sportsmanship while watching the games. After each game I stopped the video and asked them to write down what they saw. When the three clips were over I put the students into groups of four or five. I asked the kids to discuss what they saw in the movie clips and write on the poster board the good and bad examples of sportsmanship that they observed. I gave them about 15 min to do this then had the group come back together and  each small group shared their findings to the whole class.

Closing activity: Have a group discussion about sportsmanship. Ask the students why we should show good sportsmanship while playing in sports?  What are some examples of poor sportsmanship that they saw show up a lot in the video clips?  What are some examples of good sportsmanship that showed up a lot in the video clips? After the discussion have the students hang their posters in the gym so that we can refer to them throughout this unit.

Lesson 2

Name of school:Knik Elementary

Date: 11/2/10

Class: Mrs. Bolog

Grade Level:5th

Instructor:Terry LaCoss

Equipment: Poster with Sportsmanship checklist for kids,  Encouragement poster, pencils, encouragement worksheet,  old magazines, and beanbags

Topic: Teaching good morals or sportsmanship

Focus:Teaching students  ways to encourage other (teammates and opponents) players

Opening activity: Show the students the Sportsmanship checklist for kids and discuss each rule

Sportsmanship Checklist

1. I abide by the rules of the game

2. I try to avoid arguments

3. I share in the responsibilities of the team

4. I give everyone a chance to paly according to the rules

5. I always play fair

6. I follow the directions of the teacher or coach

7. I respect the other team's efforts

8. I offer encouragement to my teammates

9. I accept the judgement calls of the game officials

10. I end the game smoothly.


   Activity: Explain to the students that today we will be focusing  on encouragement.

Ask the students to give you the definition of encouragement and discuss, give them the definition ( To give someone courage;  to give a person confidence, make them feel good about themselves and what they are doing. ) Ask the students to get a partner and without saying anything  to their partner show encouragement. This could be a pat on the back or a high 5, fist pound or as simple as a smile. Then with the same partner have them encourage their partner with words. Tell them to say something encouraging to their partner. Let the students know that the next game they play in p.e. the teacher will be looking for them to be encouraging to others.  I am hoping that this lesson will show them that it is better to encourage your team then to yell at them an make them feel bad.

Give the students  a plain piece of paper and ask them to find a picture in a magazine or draw a picture that shows encouragement. Then write a story about what is happening in their picture, they need to include what encouragement looks like sounds like and feels like.


Closing activity:play a game of dead ant tag and watch for good examples of encouragement

Let the kids know that there are two groups. (1)The "taggers," are the people with the bug spray (beanbags) and the "ants" who are comprised of the remaining students.  If an ant is touched by a tagger then they must lay down on their backs and yell "Dead ant! Dead ant!." When they get four people to touch them. One touching each foot and one touching each hand then they can get up and start running again. The taggers are trying to get all the ants "dead" or tagged and the ants are trying to save all of their dead ants and keep all the ants alive. If all the ants are laying down or there aren't four ants left to save the dead ants then the taggers win. The game is alot of fun if you work together to save the dead ants. After the game have the students sit in a circle and discuss the game. Did anyone see or hear any encouragement from anyone else? Raise your hand if you did or said something to encourage someone. Did any of the ants encourage the people with the bug spray?

Lesson 3

Name of School: Knik Elementary

Date: 11/2/10

Class:Mrs. Bolog

Grade Level: 5th

Instructor:Terry LaCoss

Equipment: Poster board, markers

Topic: Teaching moral value of responsibility

Focus: Teaching students the six responsible behaviors

Opening activity: Start by asking the students what the word responsibility means. Write their answers on the board. Then give them the definition of responsibility. Responsibility is something for which one is responsible or the state of being responsible.

Activity: Write the six responsible behaviors on the board. Put the students into groups of three to five depending on the number of students. Have the groups come up with some examples of each of the six responsible behaviors. (Do not have them exclusively use examples dealing with chores at home. Have them come up with other ideas that might come up in a real-life setting.) Then have them brainstorm ways of handling irresponsible behavior. List their ideas on the board.

  • when you agree to do something, do it
  • answer for your own actions
  • take care of your own matters
  • be trustworthy
  • always use your head
  • don't put things off

Closing activity: Give each group a poster board and have them work together to design a poster about the six responsible behaviors. When the students have finished their posters, hang them on the wall for reference.

At the end when the posters have been finished, tell the students that working together to complete the posters was an example of being responsible towards the other members in each group.


Lesson 4

Name of school:Knik Elementary

Date: 11/2/10

Class: Mrs. Bolog

Grade Level:5th

Instructor:Terry LaCoss

Equipment: T.V.,  The DVD The Six Pillars of Character: Fairness, pencils, paper and newspaper articles and magazines, guest speaker (Judge).

Topic: Teaching good morals or sportsmanship

Focus: Teaching students how to play Fair

Opening activity: Ask the students how to a fair person. Have them get into groups of three and discuss what being fair means to them. After each group has had about 5mins to discuss have each group tell the class one way to be a fair person.

Introduce the poster with the fair rules written on it.

1. Treat people the way you want to be treated.

2. Take turns

3. Tell the truth

4. Think about how your actions will affect others

5. Listen to people with an open mind

6. Don't blame others for your mistakes

7. Don't take advantage of other people

8. Don't play favorites


 Activity: Show the the movie The Six Pillars of Character: Fairness. Use the discussion questions that come with the video to talk about the movie.

After the movie invite the guess speaker who is a judge at the county courts to talk to the students about how the justice system works and about how he/she tries to keep things fair in the courtroom.

Closing activity: Pass out the newspaper and magazine articles on  events in which fairness and justice are at issue. Have the students discuss the articles in their groups. Have them talk about who is acting fairly and who is acting unfairly in the situations.  After the students have had time to discuss then have them read the article to the class and tell the class what the group decided was unfair and fair.