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Use these book-based and video-based lessons to reinforce the message of the assembly! Each lesson includes:

  • Key vocabulary
  • Discussion starters
  • Engaging writing prompts
  • Printable activities

All our book-based lesson plans have been created by certified teachers.
A special note of appreciation to teachers at the Indian Prairie District in Naperville, IL and at Turtle Creek Elementary School in Delavan, WI.

Every lesson plan aligns with grade-level standards in Reading, Writing, Speaking & Listening and Language and supports ASCA Mindsets & Behaviors.

GRADE
LEVELS:

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K-6 Lessons & Activities     Aligned to Common Standards

 

FOCUS on CHARACTER

 

These seven book-based lesson plans elaborate on the third letter of NED's name.

 

Every Lesson includes:

  • Key vocabulary and trick phrasing
  • Background information when needed.
  • Discussion starters
  • Engaging writing prompts
  • Activities

Key Themes:

  • Do Your Best
  • Uniqueness of Me
  • Self-Acceptance
  • Friendship
  • Compassion
  • Appreciation of Differences

Morning Announcements

Make it a DO YOUR BEST WEEK at school! Read an announcement every day of the week to reinforce the theme. Announcements can be made by the principal, the counselor or students!

Bulletin Board Kit

I Did My Best Buttons
NED buttons are a great reward when students do their personal best! To purchase, visit: www.thenedshow.com/shop_ned

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

K-6 Lessons & Activities     Aligned to Common Standards

 

FOCUS on CHARACTER

These seven book-based lesson plans elaborate on the first letter of NED's name.

 

Every Lesson includes:

  • Key vocabulary and trick phrasing
  • Background information when needed.
  • Discussion starters
  • Engaging writing prompts
  • Activities

Key Themes:

  • Determination
  • Perseverance
  • Overcoming Obstacles
  • Learning from Mistakes
  • Problem Solving
  • Taking Risks

Bulletin Board Kit

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Make it a NEVER GIVE UP WEEK at school! Read an announcement every day of the week to reinforce the theme. Announcements can be made by the principal, the counselor or students!

K-6 Lessons & Activities     Aligned to Common Standards

 

FOCUS on CHARACTER

These seven book-based lesson plans elaborate on the second letter of NED's name.

 

Every Lesson includes:

  • Key vocabulary and trick phrasing
  • Background information when needed.
  • Discussion starters
  • Engaging writing prompts
  • Activities

Key Themes:

  • Encouragement
  • Kindness
  • Self-Esteem
  • Friendship

Morning Announcements

Make it an ENCOURAGE OTHERS WEEK at school! Read an announcement every day of the week to reinforce the theme. Announcements can be made by the principal, the counselor or students!

Words of Encouragement

Dozens of positive phrases and uplifting words that can build up your child's confidence.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

K-6 Lessons & Activities     Aligned to Common Standards

These seven book-based lesson feature the concept
of "Paying-It-Forward” through kind actions.

 

Every Lesson includes:

  • Key vocabulary and tricky phrasing
  • Background information when needed
  • Discussion starters
  • Engaging writing prompts
  • Activities

Kindness Buttons
Use NED’s kindness buttons as a reward or incentive to encourage your students as they pay kindness forward! Visit www.thenedshow.com/shop_ned to purchase classroom bundles.

Key Themes:

  • Encouragement
  • Kindness
  • Pay-It-Forward
  • Acts of Service
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ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

VIDEO LESSON

 

Animated video: ©2013 by A Better World

Learn about A Better World at www.ABetterWorld.com.

Color Your World with Kindness – Lesson Plan Video

Is it possible to Color Your World with Kindness? In this delightful animated video by A Better World, children will see that small acts of kindness can indeed change feelings and attitudes of others the whole world ‘round!

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K-6 Lessons & Activities     Aligned to Common Standards

Key Achieving Excellence topics include:

 

• Never Give Up

• Encourage Others

• Do Your Best

• Effort

• Personal Best

• Practice

• Overcoming Obstacles

• The Rewards of Working Hard

• Exceeding Expectations

 

 

VIDEO LESSONS

 

Meet professionals who embody the NED messages and describe the steps they took to achieve excellence in their careers. These personal stories are a fun and effective way to inspire excellence in your students! Video Lessons include writing prompts, discussion starters, activities and printables.

Excellent Work! How Anna Banana

Freeze Became a Breakdancer

 

Excellent Work! How Molly Moon Achieved the Ice Cream Dream

Excellent Work! Mark and Colleen’s Road Map to PopCap

Anna’s story of passion and effort demonstrates the rewards that come with always doing your best.

 

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Molly accomplished something big through working hard and believing in herself.

 

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Mark and Colleen credit their career success to sticking with challenges and never settling for “just good enough.”

 

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K-6 Lessons & Activities     Aligned to Common Standards

Key Preventing Bullying topics include:

 

• Never Give Up on helping your school to be safe

• Encourage Others to be upstanders with you

• Do Your Best with the upstanding ways you can use to stop bullying at your school

• Standing up to Bullying

• Creative Problem Solving

• Welcoming All People

• Tattling vs Telling

• Confidence

Resource Guide includes overview of book titles, printables and CCSS.

You Can Be an Upstander - Lesson Plan Video

In this animated 4 minute video, NED demonstrates what it takes to go from being a bystander to an upstander. Students will have fun learning how to stand up to bullying with these four out-of-this-world actions: 1) Be a Buddy 2) Interrupt 3) Speak out 4) Tell someone!

'You Can Be an Upstander' Video Lesson includes writing prompts, discussion starters, activities and printables.

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VIDEO LESSON

Key Building Relationship topics include:

 

• Never Give Up  Perseverance & Focus

• Encourage Others Kindness & Shared Learning

• Do Your Best Diligence & Excellence

• Family and Friends

• Respect for Self and Others

• Dealing with Change

• Developing Skills

K-5 Lessons & Activities     Aligned to Common Standards

Resource Guide includes overview of book titles, printables and CCSS.

'Friendship Soup - Lesson Plan Video

If friendship were a soup, what ingredients would be in it?

In this whimsical 3 minute video, friends describe what ingredients are necessary to create ‘friendship soup.’

 

Can't play Friendship Soup?
Try playing the video on
SchoolTube.

Friendship Soup' Video Lesson includes writing prompts, discussion starters, activities and printables.

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VIDEO LESSON

Each PDF download includes:
Lesson Plan, Suggested Book, Discussion Starters, Classroom Activities

Gr. 3-6 Lessons & Activities     Aligned to Common Standards

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Testing Pencils & Erasers
Students will love these shiny silver #2 pencils with NED's encouraging message.

Visit www.thenedshow.com/shop_ned to purchase classroom bundles (30 pencils and 30 erasers). $25 Special bundle price.

A test rap and three book-based lesson plans will help reduce the stress during test prep days. Resources and activities provide you with brain breaks to help your kids be healthy from head to toe.

 

Every Lesson includes:

•  Energizing brain breaks

•  Background information when needed

•  Discussion starters

•  Engaging writing prompts

•  Activities

Key Themes:

•  Test Preparation

•  Do Your Best

•  Test Anxiety

•  Stress Reduction

•  Emotions & Feelings

•  Brain Breaks

NED's 10 Testing Tips Rap Video

 

In this video, 3 students and 2 NED performers drop knowledge on preparing for the big test.

 

Warning…This catchy rap will be stuck
in your head for days!

VIDEO LESSON

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Acronym for NED - Never give up, Encourage others, Do your best
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