A Fine Feathered Flock (Grades 2-4)

Source: Character.org

Patricia Polacco’s Mr. Lincoln’s Way provides an excellent opportunity for teachers to introduce the topic of respect. Mr. Lincoln, an African American principal, tries to help Eugene, a school bully, overcome his attitude towards people of another race. He helps Eugene realize that even though people are different (race, gender, etc.), everyone should be treated with respect. Mr. Lincoln uses the school’s atrium to help him accomplish his task. This lesson offers connections to reading/language art skills (cause-effect, plot, setting, character, and writing); character education (caring, respect, kindness); and art (creating and painting birds, creating an “indoor” atrium).

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