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Character Trait: Identity

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Star Student Program

Our STAR student program is a program where each month ONE student from each class will be recognized as the student who has done an exemplary job of displaying the character trait of the month! Each character trait chosen is from the Character Education Program (Capturing Kids Hearts) that is a part of our curriculum.  

Character Trait of the Month: 


This month’s character trait is IDENTITY

Identity is about who we are as individuals and who we are as part of our larger community. Identity answers the question of what we stand for, what we believe in, and who we connect with. Identity includes the qualities that make us who we are and the characteristics that make us different from others.

Giving kids the confidence to be who they are when they are young helps builds success in the future.

Identity Answers the Questions:

  • Who am I?
  • Who do I want to be?
  • What type of person do I want to be known as?
  • What do I value?
  • What is my purpose?
  • The actions you choose.
  • The words you choose.
  • The things you stand up for.
  • The way you treat others.
  • The people you choose to be friends with.
  • The things you take responsibility for.

Your Child can be helped with identity when:

  • We have conversations with them about how to treat others
  • We have honest talks about values and being ourselves
  • Kids know they can be who they choose to be
  • We talk about appropriate responses to social situations
  • We help kids understand the social cues that others are giving them
  • We talk about the potential benefits and consequences of conforming
  • We provide positive feedback and encouragement when good decisions are made
  • We talk about tolerance of others who are different from us

Topics for Discussion:

  • What does it mean to tolerate the differences in others?
  • When is it hard to tolerate the differences of others?
  • How do you display what you value and what is important to you?
  • Who do you know that has a strong identity and belief in who they are? Why do you feel that their identity is so strong?
  • What can you do to be more secure in your identity?
  • When, in the classroom or at home, have you felt respected for your differences? When have you not felt so respected?
  • What makes you special?
  • What is purpose? What do you think your purpose is?

Take Action:

You can show respect every moment of everyday by doing things like:

  • Do not tease someone who is different than you
  • Encourage your friends to be tolerant of the differences in others
  • Be patient with yourself. It is normal to not know who you are at times.
  • Discussing with your parents what good manners are
  • Practicing good table manners
  • Making an effort not to gossip or talk about others in a negative way
  • Being courteous toward everyone

For 2nd-6th Graders:

For All Grades:

For Kindergarten & 1st Grade:

For Kindergarten – 3rd Graders:

For 4th-6th Graders:

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