Showing Respect

In school we show others respect primarily by listening and upholding specific classroom rules. Learners will discern how listening looks in different situations as well as the key classroom rules for showing respect to our classmates and teacher.

Sample Video:

Respecting Others' Opinions

VIDEO MODELING – Teach your students that they don’t have to agree with others’ opinions, but they do have to be respectful of them. We show respect by listening, not interrupting, waiting our turn to talk, and keeping hurtful thoughts in our head.

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[INTRODUCTION – animated scene]

Narrator: Everyone has their own thoughts, ideas, and opinions.

Boy1: I love playing the drums. I just got a new drum set.

Narrator: It’s okay to not always agree with others. Even if we disagree with someone, we always stay respectful.

Girl1: (thought bubble) I hate the drums! They’re so loud.

Narrator: We should keep disrespectful thoughts in our head, and only say things that are kind or helpful. We show everyone respect including our parents, teachers, and friends.

Girl: It’s cool that you play drums!

Narrator: Showing respect means that you treat them in a way that shows you care about their feelings. We respect others’ opinions by listening while they talk, not interrupting them, and waiting our turn to share our ideas or thoughts about the topic. We make sure to be kind to others, even when we disagree with their opinions or ideas. It’s okay to disagree sometimes as long as we stay calm, use a respectful tone of voice, and use kind words to share our opinion. We want to show others the same kindness we hope they would show us.

Boy1: I think drums are the coolest instrument to play!

Girl1: My favorite instrument is the piano. Are the drums hard to learn?

Boy1: It takes a lot of practice.



Narrator: To Respect Others’ Opinions, we:

(1) Listen while the person talks.

(2) Don’t interrupt others while they are talking.

(3) Wait our turn to share our opinions or ideas using a calm voice and kind words.

(4) Keep hurtful thoughts in our head and only say things that are kind or helpful

Let’s watch Shay respect others’ opinions.


[SCENE 1 – students talking by the lockers]

Natalie: Did you hear? We’re going to the museum for our next field trip?

Madison: Yeah, I’m so excited! I went last week and they have this really cool new butterfly exhibit. You guys are going to love it.

Natalie: (excited) No way!

Shay: (skeptical) Butterflies?

Madison: Yeah. They have this new garden where when you walk through, butterflies land on you.

Shay: Bugs and insects kind of scare me, but I guess butterflies are nice. I think the dinosaur exhibit will be really cool though.

Natalie: That one’s cool, too.

Shay: (thought bubble) I don’t agree with Madison’s opinion about the butterfly exhibit, but that’s okay. I still listened and was respectful.

Madison: (thought bubble) I like talking to Shay about the field trip. We like different things, but that’s okay.



Shay: (voice over) Madison really liked the butterfly exhibit at the museum. Even though I didn’t agree with her, I still respected her opinion. I listened to her explain why she likes the exhibit and I didn’t interrupt her. Then I was able to share my opinion in a respectful way. I stayed calm and used kind words to explain what my favorite exhibit was.



Narrator: Shay respected Madison’s opinion, even though he disagreed with her. He showed respect and kindness by listening to her opinion before sharing his. He also kept any hurtful thoughts in his head and didn’t say them. When we show others respect, everyone feels happy.



Narrator: So, what did we learn?

To Respect Others’ Opinions, we:

(1) Listen while the person talks.

(2) Do not interrupt or talk over them.

(3) Wait our turn to share our opinions or ideas using a calm voice and kind words.

(4) Keep hurtful thoughts in our head and only say things that are kind or helpful.



(1) Apply: When is a time you had a different opinion than someone else?

(2) Infer: What would Madison have thought about Shay if he told her that the butterfly exhibit was lame?

(3) Role-Play: You and a classmate are talking about what to pick as the class prize; you want a pizza party and they want a field trip to a rollerblading rink.


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