Social Studies Upper Elementary

Respect and Manners

Grades: 4-6

Subject: Social Studies/ Writing

Time Needed: 45 minutes


As a result of their schooling students will understand the difference between being respectful and being disrespectful after reading the book Ramadan, by Suhaib Hamid Ghazi, as well as participating in a small drama conducted by the teacher.

Students will discuss and write down at least five good characteristics of being a good citizen in and out of class.



The book Ramadan, by Suhaib Hamid Ghazi





1. Teacher will tell the class today that instead of her and reading a story to the students, student will be picked to read the story to the rest of the class. Teacher will explain to the students to pay attention to parts in the book where good manners and respect is taught. Explain to the students that during the month of Ramadan, Muslims especially try to practice good manners and respect. While the student is reading the book to the class, the teacher should get up occasionally, sharpen pencils, slam books, get up to drink water etc. (things that are disrespectful).

2. After the student has finished reading the book, the teacher will ask the students if they were feeling as if the teacher was disrupting the class. Teacher should ask the students if she was being disrespectful. Explain to the students that this is how she or he feels when the students so these same things that are disrespectful.

3. Explain to the students that while the teacher is talking the class should be sitting still, with hands in theirs laps and listening.

4. Use the overhead to brainstorm with the students at least five characteristics of being a good citizen. For ex. Be honest, treat others with respect, do what you are supposed to do, play by the rules, be nice to others, do what you can to make your community and school a better place.

5. After brainstorming these ideas, have the students write these in their journals and underneath each category have the students write examples of how these can be carried out.

6. Print out the worksheet below and have the students either complete it at home or in school.

Click here to view worksheet

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