1. I showed it to my kids a few different times without providing any kind of forewarning about what was to come. I just wanted them to enjoy it and take it in.
2. Eventually we talked about how cool it would be if we made our own lists, and I asked the question, "How could we share our lists with the whole school?" I got a great answer - make posters.
3. I purposefully divided them into teams of 3 or 4.
4. Each team brainstormed their own list of 20 things we should say more often. Not every team got to 20, but I wanted them to at least reach 10.
5. Each team chose their favorite 10 from their list.
6. I edited for free. (It saved me time with these little people. This lesson took several days anyway.)
7. After agreeing on some important requirements, each team wrote their 10 things on large construction paper with pencil.
8. Then they traced with marker.
9. We brainstormed appropriate and highly visible places throughout the school where the posters could be posted.
10. Each team wrote a letter to the person who would need to give them permission to use that space.
11. The teams delivered their posters and letters and up the posters went.
I loved this lesson for several reasons.
* It took a lot of cooperation. A lot!
* It required them to think about character.
* It allowed them to practice many different essential literacy skills.
* It was oozing purpose and audience.
* It's been an important foundation for teachable moments. ("Oops, that's not on our list. How would you say that differently?")
* I often use the lists as front-loading tools before conflict can even begin.
Thank you Kid President for the inspiration!