Our Buggy Moral Code TED (Referenced on pg 172)
Dan Ariely’s TED talk can help students reflect on some of the conflicts of interest that are at play when people make tough decisions. It is an insightful resource for lessons on integrity.
Keys to Character (Referenced on pg 176)
The Polk County (Florida) Public Schools’ website on character education is a valuable resource for teaching character in the classroom. The resource provides information and handouts for students, teachers, and community members. In particular, take a look at the What Honesty Looks Like poster
From the beginning of the year, teachers should establish respect for themselves and others to create the culture of integrity in the classroom. Frank Porter Graham Elementary in Chapel Hill, North Carolina has a great song and video that promotes respect in school.
The Lie Monster Activity
This blog describes an activity that can be used in a primary classroom to illustrate honesty. It is a story about a boy named Caleb who tells lies. Each time a lie is told the reader adds a piece of the monster. In the end, the students must brainstorm ways to get rid of the monster.
Learning to Give
This website offers a lesson databank that has activities and lessons for all ages on a variety of topics including integrity. Learning to Give is a free resource aimed at helping educators empower students to be kind, giving, and caring. The resources are based in the real world, designed for students in kindergarten through high school.
How to Avoid Plagiarism
This site includes basic facts about plagiarism and asks difficult questions about what is and is not plagiarism in writing, music , and video. The site offers tips on how to write a paper in a way that avoids plagiarism and includes a plagiarism checker sponsored by Writecheck.
Historical Role Models
This TED-ED video features historical figures that have character, explaining why they are role models. In addition to the short video the site offers follow-up questions, discussion topics, and a guided discussion.
This website has several features worth exploring. The video spots are perfect to use to prompt discussion or as story starters. The clips highlight several values including integrity and can help teachers who are building Thrive skills.
The Newton Kindness
The Newtown Kindness website, formed in honor of Charlotte Bacon who lost her life in the Sandy Hook tragedy. The site has resources for classroom activities that are Common Core centered. It includes a kindness pledge and a kindness bucket program that schools can chose to join.