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When you have completed your “challenge,” submit your name on this Google Formto be entered into 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.


The SOAR Award:
Be on the lookout for one kid who displays outstanding behavior with SOAR during the month of May. Use this Google Form to nominate your studentat the end of the month or sometime before October 31st. These students will be recognized at the following Flag Salute, take a group photo for display in the front office, and receive a small gift of appreciation. :)


Please contribute any suggestions you may have for books, videos, improvements, etc. on this Google Form


Earth Day, Every Day Mindset...
Earth Day Word Search, primary grades
Earth Day Fill Find, primary grades
Earth Day Pledge, all grades
BrainPop Jr: Citizenship (grades K-2)
BrainPop: Citizenship (grades 4-5)
8 Amazing Kids! Stories to share.
Kids Make a Difference. Stories to share. 
Whatever happens take responsibility


  • Do what you are supposed to do• Plan ahead
  • Be diligent  •Persevere 
  • Do your best• Use self-control • Be self-disciplined • Think before you act 
  • Be accountable for your words,actions, and attitudes
  • Set a good example for others


The “Challenge" Activity:  
Special note: Please feel free to customize/modify any challenge to fit your grade-level needs. 
I can save the earth book cover
1)  Read the book, I Can Save The Earth. Have an interactive conversation with your students related to the character trait of Responsibility. Click here for an online version of the book. 
2) Using the Sanford Harmony MeetUp/BuddyUp model, discuss & agree on a responsibility goal related to the book and have a discussion about the book’s theme using the Sanford Harmony MeetUp/BuddyUp model. When possible, check-in with your students throughout the month of October to see how they are putting to practice the trait of responsibility in their lives. 
MeetUp: Established a class goal related to responsibility, such as, not to be late to school, sort your lunch trash into the right bins, do you best on assignments, follow the classroom rules/SOAR traits, 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:
  • At the beginning of the story, what kinds of things did Max the Little Monster do to show he was NOT acting responsibly?
  • What happened one night to make Max the Little Monster start acting more responsibly?
  • What are some things Max noticed that he had not noticed before that night?
  • How has Max changed from the beginning to the end of the story?
  • How can we all be little “green” monsters?
click here for Google Slideshow to project questions for students
Bonus Activity:  Have the entire class be “little green monsters” and pick up trash for 10 minutes around the school.  After reading and discussing the book, enter your name in the drawing for the SOARING eagle.
NEW...SignUpGenius: Lead a Flag Salute!
SOARing Teachers...please review the available slots below and click on the button to sign up your class to lead a Flag Salute presentation!  
Create and share a 1-3 minute presentation on the trait of the month...Responsibility. It can be presented by the teacher, a student, a group of students, or the whole class and/or with a buddy class! Remind students to speak clearly and project their voices. Have fun & be creative! 
  • Share your Sanford Harmony Goal and how your class is achieving it
  • Create a skit
  • Share how someone in your class has demonstrated the monthly trait 
  • Sing a song
  • Share a poster or activity
  • Select a quote(s) related to the trait and interpret it
  • Share an inspiring true story 


A is for Activist 
by Innnosanto Nagara
A is for Activist book cover
Other Books:
Juice Box Bully
by Maria Dismondy
Juice Box Bully book cover
Tell the Truth B.B. Wolfe 
by Judy Sierra
Tell the Truth B.B. Wolfe book cover






"Think Green!"
"We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children.” Ancient proverb
"Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country."  ~ JFK
"If you mess up, 'fess up!" ~ Author Unknown 
"The price of greatness is responsibility!" Winston Churchill 


Going Green” song. Great for primary grades, k-3
Man vs Earth” song. Great for Upper grades, 4-5


4KidsRecycling Waste Online Game 
4Parents: Are You Teaching Kids Responsibility? 50 simple challenges to get you started. 
4Parents: Kids Health, Responsibility
4Parents: GarbageInvestigate What Happens When You Throw It Out With 25 Projects