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When you have completed your “challenge,” submit your name on this Google Form to be entered in a weekly drawing for the “Soaring Eagle” award.  The class winner will be awarded the small eagle mascot and will bring it to the flag salute the following week to pass it on to the new class winner.


Soaring Respect Award:
Be on the lookout for one kid who displays outstanding behavior with being Respectful during the month of January. Use this Google Form to nominate your student at the end of the month or sometime before January 24th: These students will be recognized at Flag Salute, take a group photo for display in the front office, and receive a small gift of appreciation.


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A person of character is respectful. Respect means treating others the way you want to be treated by being courteous and polite to others. It involves recognizing that every individual is valuable and entitled to be treated with respect, regardless of race, religion, gender, or physical abilities. Some traits include:
  • Treat Others with RESPECT by following the GOLDEN RULE
  • Use good manners
  • Be mindful of feelings of others
  • Don't threaten, hit, or hurt anyone
  • Deal peacefully when in conflict/disagreements
  • Be tolerant and/or embrace the differences of others


1)  Read the book, Emmanuel's Dreamby Laurie Ann Thompson & Sean Qualls. OPTION...with your buddy class. Have an interactive conversation with your students related to the character trait of RESPECT. Click here for an ONLINE VERSION of the book. 
2) Using the Sanford Harmony MeetUp/BuddyUp model, discuss & agree on a RESPECT goal related to the book and have a discussion about the book’s theme focusing on respect. When possible, check-in with your students throughout the month of February to see how they are putting to practice the trait of being RESPECTFUL in their lives. 
MeetUp: Established a class goal related to RESPECT, for example, , play by the rules, listen to people with an open mind, etc., discussed and agreed on by the students during the MeetUp session.
BuddyUp: Pair/group students for a brief discussion on the goal. Here are some example “Quick connection” conversation questions:
Discussion Questions for Emmanuel's Dream?
Click here for Google Slideshowto project questions for students.
  • What are the ways Mama Comfort encouraged Emmanuel to be independent?
  • What does Emmanuel do to become independent when he was young?
  • How did Emmanuel earn his classmates’ respect?
  • Do you think Emmanuel’s decision to leave home against his mother’s wishes was a 
good decision?  Why or why not?
  • What did Emmanuel do with the money he earned at his job in the big city?
  • Mama Comfort gave Emmanuel this advice:  “Be respectful, take care of your family, don’t ever beg, and don’t give up.” Why did Emmanuel say those words were “a gift?” 
  • How did Emmanuel decide to honor his mother after she was gone?
  • Why did Emmanuel want to ride his bike across Ghana?
  • How did Emmanuel’s actions begin to change the way people in Ghana thought about physical disabilities?
  • What did Emmanuel prove?
Extension Activity: Words Matter...Do you think Emmanuel’s decision to wear a shirt with the words "The Pozo" was a good one? Would you have worn that shirt if you were Emmanuel? Explain.
Want more? Additional Activities: These are great!
A GEM resources! Teaching Books: Emmanuel's Dream (All Grades)
OWN (Oprah) An Update on Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah (3:30 mins) (Grades 4-5) 


Young Martin's Promise, by Walter Dean Myers (Civil Rights, Racism) 
Young Martin's Promise Book Cover
A Peacock Among Pigeons, by Tyler Curry (Inclusion, LGBT)
A Peacock Among Pigeons book cover




“Treat people exactly as you would like to be treated by them.” – Golden Rule
“I’m not concerned with your liking or disliking me… All I ask is that you respect me as a human being.” – Jackie Robinson
"It's not only what you say. It's how you say it."
"Respect means you care enough to think about others' feelings before you act."
“I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character,” Martin Luther King, Jr.


Kid President, “The Story of MLK
MLK’s “I Have a Dream” speech (grades 4/5)