Manners Makeover

CATEGORY: Heart
K-3 (could be adapted for higher grades)

SCHOOL/DOG:
Northeastern Local School District, Springfield, OH/Veda

AUTHOR OF LESSON:
Laura Hufford, School Counselor

TITLE/SUBJECT:
Manners Makeover/
Social maturity, appropriate behavior,
Positive relationships with others.


A photo of Veda being pet by students.

OBJECTIVES:

Students will learn what good manners are and why they are important at home and at school

MATERIALS:

A book dealing with manners (examples might be The Berenstain Bears Forget Their Manners by Berenstain/Berenstain or Do Unto Otters: A Book About Manners by Keller)
Created Book Cover (See example as part of the attached PDF below)
Therapy Dog Says worksheet for each student. (See example as part of the attached PDF below)

PROCEDURE:

Ask students, “What does it mean to have good manners at home and at school?” Answers will be such things as holding a door open for someone, saying please and thank you, taking turns, etc.

Read the chosen book and summarize what ideas about good manners were shown in the story.

Ask students, “What good manners are important for Veda to remember?” Answers will vary but will include walking without pulling; obeying commands such as sit, stay, down; and not jumping on people. Ask students, “What do you imagine Veda thinks are good manners for students to remember?” Answers might be petting Veda gently, not teasing her or hitting her, speaking in a normal (not loud) voice, not throwing things, walking without running, etc.

Tell students they will be writing a book together entitled Veda’s Really Big Book of Totally Awesome Manners. (Or, insert your dog’s name and create your own cover and title - see example as part of the PDF below.)

Give each student a “Therapy Dog Says” worksheet. Remind students of the manners they came up with from Veda’s point of view. Allow time for each student to complete one worksheet with a sentence and illustration. (For older students, have them write a paragraph about the importance of manners from Veda’s point of view.)

EVALUATION:

Review the worksheets the students created. Encourage students share some of the ideas they wrote about or illustrated. Laminate and bind the worksheets into a book for each classroom. Return the book to the classroom to remind students of the importance of good manners.

For a Printable PDF of this Lesson Plan, download this file: AP-LessonPlan-MannersMakeover

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