The purpose of this activity is to engage your students in some important character traits such as kindness, compassion, respect, generosity, and more! Teach your students about character education using a classroom restaurant. That’s right! You can actually teach your students about the qualities of being a “good” person through this creative resource!
Included in Resource:
- Character Trait Teacher Tips (2-pages)
- Character Spice Labels (2-pages; 10 labels)
- The Character Menu (1-page)
- The Generous Grill Menu (1-page)
- The Kindness Place Menu (-page)
- The Character Order Form (1-page; 2 per page)
- The Generous Grill Order Form (1-page; 2 per page)
- The Kindness Place Order Form (1-page; 2 per page)
- Today’s Special (1-page; 4 specials)
Not Included in Resource:
- Stands for “Today’s Special”
- Salt & Pepper Shakers for Spices
- Napkin Rack for Menu
- Empty Ketchup & Mustard Bottles
Teacher Tips & Hints:
- This resource may tie-in to a curriculum that you have, or it could be a stand-alone resource. There are many options with this resource.
- Character Spice Labels- Included in this resource are ten spice labels (Nice Spice, All Spice, Kind Spice, Friend Spice, Effort Spice, Honest Spice, Humble Spice, Wise Spice, Respect Spice, and Positive Spice). Included on the front of each label is the name. The other two sides contain creative sayings, ingredients, etc.
- Character Spice Label Directions- These labels are meant to be taped onto a square salt & pepper shaker (1 ½ inches in width). With that said, these labels could be used on a round one as well. Inexpensive salt & pepper shakers can be purchased at your local Dollar Store or another store. Print off the colorful labels and cut them up. These then can be taped onto the shakers with clear packaging tape. Make as many as you like! You can even add your own “spices” such as gumballs, candies, etc.
- Character Menus- Included in this resource are three menus (The Character Menu, The Generous Grill Menu, and The Kindness Place Menu). All three menus basically contain the same menu items- it’s just the restaurant names and colors are different. Print off the menu of your choice, laminate it, and then place it in a napkin rack (optional). Inexpensive napkin racks can also be purchased at a Dollar Store. These menus contain creative items that include character traits.
- Menu Order Forms- There are three order forms included- one for each menu. Students are asked to write down five items from the menu that they would order. Then, they are to respond to some of the questions about character traits.
- Today’s Special- There are four “Today’s Special” signs that you can also print off, laminate, and display by your “character restaurant”. These little signs contain a character education quote, along with a creative recipe. If you want to display these like the ones pictured on the first page, inexpensive stands can be purchased at your local hobby store in the wedding or party section.
The following are some ideas for using this resource in your classroom.
- Design a Menu & Cover- Have students design their own creative character trait menu, along with a colorful cover.
- Character Trait Recipes- Have each student choose a trait (honesty, respect, responsibility, etc.) and create their own recipe, including the key ingredients.
- Healthy Ingredients- Have students research a few of the recipes to determine how healthy the menu item is.
- Character Trait Posters- Have students create and design a poster of a trait and display it in your classroom.
- Math & Estimation- Have your students make up their own prices for some of the menu items. Then have them estimate the total cost for the items they would order.
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