"Paws"-itive Actions

(K-1, adaptable to older students)

North Ridgeville City Schools, Ohio/Brewster

Gretchen Herzberger, Title I Teacher
Jordan Andrews, School Counselor

Responsibility, Kindness, Good Citizenship

Brewster with a circle of hands petting his head.


Students will learn about choosing positive actions in their daily life.

Students will learn how performing positive actions can make them feel good about themselves and make others feel good, too.


Computer and projector.

Paws worksheet (attached) for teachers’ doors.

Paper/markers for brainstorming.

Brewster’s videos (All available for viewing on You Tube):

Intro to Pawsitive Actions:

Personal Space/Truth:

Helping Paw:

Bucket Filling:


Students will watch the first video explaining what “Paws”itive actions are. They will then brainstorm to make a list of positive actions they can show at school and at home.

View the other videos and ask students what personal space, helping others, and bucket filling mean.

(Answers will vary.) Have them brainstorm a list of examples of each category and lead a discussion as to how those relate to positive actions.

Explain the monthly contest to be sure that everyone understands. Give paws to every teacher in the building to use for monitoring positive actions. (This lesson will be reinforced throughout all guidance lessons, as well as by the teachers during those “teachable moments.” When a student earns a paw, it is announced to the whole class and the paw is displayed on the teacher’s door. At the end of the month, the totals are announced.)


At the end of the month, each teacher’s paws are counted, and the winning class gets a photo with Brewster and each one receives a “Paws”itive bracelet. Keep a record of the monthly winners.

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