Raising Student Aspirations

Classroom Activities for Grades K-5
8.5x11
Pages: 122
ISBN: 9780878224807
Item Number: 5197

$29.99

Provides teachers with 72 classroom activities designed to empower and motivate their students’ hopes and dreams. The activities include reading and writing, group discussions, games, stories, role plays, music, art, and more. The authors’ creative and engaging approach is based on solid research and is shaped by eight interrelated conditions:

  1. Belonging
  2. Heroes
  3. Sense of Accomplishment
  4. Fun and Excitement
  5. Curiosity and Creativity
  6. Spirit of Adventure
  7. Leadership and Responsibility
  8. Confidence to Take Action

“What child wouldn’t have fun helping make a class quilt, playing word games, learning how to juggle, decorating the classroom, or making a secret code? They [the activities] are all here, and each has a specific objective to Russ’s mission to mold lifelong aspirations into the character of our students.”

—from the Foreword by Vincent L. Ferrandino, Executive Director, National Association of Elementary School Principals

Book Review

Raising Student Aspirations identifies eight conditions (including belonging, fun, and excitement) that need to be in place in order for students to flourish. The book suggests meaningful activities, interactions, discussions, and schoolwide initiatives to promote each condition.”

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Chapter 1: Belonging

  • Activity 1: Individuality
  • Activity 2: Watch Us Grow
  • Activity 3: Fun with Words
  • Activity 4: Our Class
  • Activity 5: Welcome to Our School
  • Activity 6: Birthday Buddies
  • Activity 7: Interesting Facts
  • Activity 8: My Corner
  • Challenge Activities for Belonging

Chapter 2: Heroes

  • Activity 1: My Hero
  • Activity 2: We All Are Heroes
  • Activity 3: Hero Search
  • Activity 4: Be a Hero
  • Activity 5: Who Am I?
  • Activity 6: Positive Traits
  • Activity 7: Local Heroes
  • Activity 8: Community Needs
  • Challenge Activities for Heroes

Chapter 3: Sense of Accomplishment

  • Activity 1: Learn a Trick
  • Activity 2: Share Your Achievements
  • Activity 3: Local Issue
  • Activity 4: Year-Round Citizenship
  • Activity 5: Great Accomplishments
  • Activity 6: Effort Awards
  • Activity 7: Caught You Doing Good!
  • Activity 8: Future Achievements
  • Challenge Activities for Sense of Accomplishment

Chapter 4: Fun and Excitement

  • Activity 1: Our Room
  • Activity 2: Unit Titles
  • Activity 3: Laughter Is the Best Medicine
  • Activity 4: Mystery Balloons
  • Activity 5: Dance Break
  • Activity 6: Word Searches
  • Activity 7: 3-D Structures
  • Activity 8: Act It Out
  • Challenge Activities for Fun and Excitement

Chapter 5: Curiosity and Creativity

  • Activity 1: What’s That Called?
  • Activity 2: The Wrong Color
  • Activity 3: I Wonder
  • Activity 4: Mystery Animal
  • Activity 5: What’s the Ending?
  • Activity 6: Secret Codes
  • Activity 7: Nature Walk
  • Activity 8: Color Collage
  • Challenge Activities for Curiosity and Creativity

Chapter 6: Spirit of Adventure

  • Activity 1: No-Laughter Zone
  • Activity 2: Hands Together
  • Activity 3: Let’s Play!
  • Activity 4: My Skills
  • Activity 5: What Did You Say?
  • Activity 6: Time Travel
  • Activity 7: Teach Your Hobby
  • Activity 8: Meet Someone New
  • Challenge Activities for Spirit of Adventure

Chapter 7: Leadership and Responsibility

  • Activity 1: Our Rules, Our Consequences
  • Activity 2: The New Student Council
  • Activity 3: You Decide
  • Activity 4: Tackling School Issues
  • Activity 5: Forward or Backward
  • Activity 6: Practicing Leadership
  • Activity 7: Good Communicators
  • Activity 8: Are We Listening?
  • Challenge Activities for Leadership and Responsibility

Chapter 8: Confidence to Take Action

  • Activity 1: My Strengths
  • Activity 2: What I Like about You
  • Activity 3: My Emotions
  • Activity 4: For a Cause
  • Activity 5: Confident Person
  • Activity 6: The Letter
  • Activity 7: Friendship Collage
  • Activity 8: Encouraging Words
  • Challenge Activities for Confidence to Take Action
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