We always start by teaching the gestures, and I still *love* this video for demonstrating the habit as well as its descriptors:
After, I will hang the poster for the habit I made under our Habit of the Week sign (available for free HERE):
It actually takes us about 2-ish weeks to get through a habit, especially at the beginning when we're building the foundation, so feel free to go slower than one habit a week :)
We then read the story from The 7 Habits of Happy Kids Book-- it's cute and very kid-appropriate:
Some of my very favorite activities come next. I am **loving** the sorts that are available on TpT because it really helps my thirdsters concretely tell the difference between what is proactive versus reactive in common situations both in and out of school.
I start with a whole-class sort using Abby's Growing Leadership Habits: 7 Activity Sorts:
Of course I don't have a picture of these in action (boo!!), but I simply printed these off, laminated them and put magnets on the back. I put the headers on the whiteboard and read the situations aloud to my class. A volunteer then put the card under the correct header and if everyone agreed with their choice, they gave a thumbs-up (or a thumbs-down if they didn't agree). These were the perfect segue into the individual sorts they did back at their tables.
These individual sorts are from Bridget and I had kids fold a blank paper in half (we used green since I had a big stack lying around) and label the tops the same way as our whole-class sort. They then cut and planned out where each situation belonged before we went over it as a class and glued them down.
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These sorts also have a blank card for each side, so it was a great way for me to assess how they were understanding the difference between proactive and reactive.
Last activity (that we're still in the process of finishing, but I'll intro it here), comes from one of my favorite sections of Being Proactive and that is the idea that we all carry our own weather with us every day. This hit home with me during the staff training at the beginning of the year and I couldn't wait to share it with my class.
We started by making a T-chart about what that actually meant and had it hanging front-and-center throughout the project:
Here's one example in the making:
We are also completing a writing piece to accompany these so they'll make sense when hanging in the hallway ;) I had the students create their own T-chart in their Writer's Notebooks and we're using that to explain what it means to carry your own weather, be proactive, and give some examples of their own.
By the way, my teammate found these composition notebooks for Writer's Notebooks this year and I LOVE them!! Half blank, half lined, so there's plenty of space for planning! Woo hoo! These are from Office Depot, but we got them on sale, so be sure to shop around for "ruled unruled composition notebooks" before buying-- the prices vary greatly!
We've spent about two weeks on all of these activities-- with a few days off due to flooding-- so it's been a process to get these completed, but so worth it. I have loved being able to use the terminology with them and especially linking it to class management ("Was that a proactive or reactive choice?"). It is such an important habit and I can't wait to get the finished products up to be a reminder to us all year long!
Thanks so much for sticking with me through this post. Be sure to head HERE to get my 7 Habits posters to help and be sure to share below any great activities you have to help your students understand Habit 1!