Relationships - day 5 - respecting others

These activities can be done alone, but work best with one or more friends on a video chat like Skype, Zoom, Facetime, etc.

Grades K-3

Mindfulness activity

Trivia question: How many days are there in a year?

Mindfulness activity:

  • Put your palms together at chest height.
  • Push your palms against each other as hard as you can.
  • Which muscle gets tired first?

Showing respect

Supplies:

  • paper
  • markers or crayons

At the top of the page write “Showing Respect” and copy down the following list:

  • Friends
  • Siblings
  • Dad
  • Mom
  • Adults
  • Grandparents
  • Teachers
  • Earth
  • Neighbours

Think of the different ways you can show respect for each category. For example “Friends: Greeting them with a smile.”

Let’s dance!

Listen to the song R-E-S-P-E-C-T by Aretha Franklin

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FOUqQt3Kg0​

Sing along and make up a dance to perform it in front of your family. What does respect mean to you?

Respect hands

Supplies:

  • paper
  • markers or crayons
  • scissors

Directions:

  • Trace out your hands and cut them out.
  • For each finger on one hand, think of ways you can respect other people.
  • For each finger on the other hand, think of ways you can respect yourself.
  • Decorate your hands creatively, and glue them onto a piece of paper or cardboard.

Review questions

Ask your child:

  • ​How does it make you feel when someone is not being respectful to you or your family? (Feel)
  • Why do you think respect is important? (Think)
  • What are some other ways we can show respect for others? (Act)

Mindfulness trivia answer

There are 365 days in a year.

Grades 4-6

Mindfulness activity

Trivia question: What’s the full name of the City of L.A.?

Mindfulness activity:

  • Sit in a comfortable spot.
  • Take a deep breath in and bring your hands together.
  • Start rubbing your hands together slowly.
  • Rub your hands together a little bit faster.
  • Count down from 10.
  • When you get to zero stop your rubbing your hands together but keep them pressed together.
  • Notice how they feel and notice the warmth you created with a bit of movement.

Family brainstorm!

Supplies:

  • paper or cardboard
  • crayons, markers or coloured pencils
  • pen or pencils
  • scissors

Directions:

  • Gather your family and ask each person two questions: “what makes you feel respected?” and “how do you show respect to others?”. Write down the answers on a piece of paper.
  • On a piece of paper or cardboard, draw the shape of a person.
  • Create a paper doll for each member of your family. Include their names and answers, for example “I am John and I show respect by listening to others. Being included makes me feel respected”.

Better way to say

Supplies:

  • paper
  • pencil or pen
  • scissors
  • jar

Watch the Better Way to Say video

Directions:

Part of respect is the way we talk to others. On a piece of paper, write all the sentences below. Cut them out, fold them and put them in a jar. Take a random piece of paper from the jar and think of a better way to say the sentence. Feel free to add more sentences.

Sentences:

  • I want more!
  • Give me that!
  • I can’t do it!
  • That’s mine!
  • I don’t like this food!
  • I don’t like the way you talk to me.
  • I don’t want to play with you.
  • I don’t feel like doing this.
  • Pay attention to me.

Respect makes me feel…

Supplies:

  • crayons, markers or coloured pencils
  • pen or pencil
  • paper

Directions:

  • Think about a time you did not feel respected, then think about a time when you did feel respected. Write down:
    • How did you feel?
    • How did you act?
  • On a piece of paper, draw a heart or the shape of a brain.
  • On one side of the drawing, draw how you feel when you are not respected, and on the other side draw how you feel when you are respected.
  • Add words, colours, or drawings to show your feelings.

Review questions

Ask your child:

  • How do you feel when you are respected? (Feel)
  • What do you think would happen if there was no respect? (Think)
  • What are some of the things you will do in the future to show respect to the people around you. (Act)

Mindfulness trivia answer

Answer: Los Angeles' full name is "El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula”

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Grades 7+

Mindfulness activity

Trivia question: How many seconds are in a day?

Mindfulness activity:

  • Walk around the room.
  • Change your pace and walk slowly.
  • Walk normally.
  • Walk very slowly.
  • Walk normally again.
  • Walk very slowly.

Self-respect poster

Self-respect is defined as holding yourself in high esteem and believing that you deserve to be treated well.

Supplies:

  • ​paper
  • markers

Directions:

  1. Make a list of characteristics that you like about yourself.
  2. Colour your name on a blank piece of paper, and add the characteristics you have listed onto your poster.
  3. Once you complete the poster, hang it on your bedroom wall as a reminder of how to show self-respect.

Respect for others

Supplies:

  • paper
  • pencil

Directions:

  • Make a list of people you respect and have looked up to, and put a box next to each person.
  • These people can be your family, friends, teachers, coaches.
  • Every day this week give a sincere compliment to someone on your list, then put a checkmark in the box next to their name.

Respect for our community

Supplies:

  • paper
  • pencil
  • markers

Think of a place in your community that you appreciate for all the hard work they have put in during this time. Some of these places could be your local restaurants, groceries stores, food delivery, senior’s home and hospitals. Think of places that exist in your community and write them a thank you card and why you respect what they do for your community. Find a safe way to deliver the card to the place you have chosen.

Review questions:

Ask your child:

  • How does it feel to focus on your good qualities? (Feel)
  • What do you think giving respect to others can teach you? (Think) 
  • What are other ways we can show respect in our communities? (Act)

Mindfulness trivia answer

There are 86,400 seconds in a day.

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