Expectations Eight – Elementary

Sign Language

Hand Sign for Expectation #8
Use sign for Practice: Palm down ‘A’;
brush back and forth on left index.



"The Eight Expectations Song"

"Point of Light"** 3:37 min. Lyrics


"Integrity"** 2:15 min.

"Life of Integrity"** 1;15 min.


"A Boiled Seed Cannot Sprout" - Author Unknown

"The Empty Pot" by Demi "The Empty Pot" animation** 3:36 min.

"A Day's Work" by Eve Bunting

Short Stories:
"The Rabbi and the Pearl"

"Honest Abe", "The Children’s Book of Heroes", William Bennett, p 46-48

"A Great Somebody" by Adrienne Sealy Hardesty, G.E. Manual, p. 18


LEXICON: Complete at least three.

  1. Define the word.
  2. What do you notice about the word.
    a. # of letters
    b. # of consonants, vowels
  3. Create a math problem with the #’s.
  4. Use the word in a meaningful sentence.
  5. Write all parts of speech for the word.
  6. Analyze for root word, prefixes, suffixes.

Word Wall Vocabulary: virtuous

Vocabulary (P 8,11)

Hand Jive Words

Pair students up. Have children clap hands together for consonants and lap clap for vowels. Put hands in the air at the end as you say the word.


Introductory Activity

Connecting the 8 Expectations and Life Principles through Literature

Using the HAND’Y Curriculum (instruction page) structure, analyze the literary elements after the story is read.

As a group identify the examples of the Eight Expectation and Life Principles that are evident in the story.

Have students draw around his/her own hand, wrist, and forearm on a sheet of blank paper.

Follow directions on ‘HAND’Y Curriculum to complete the analysis of the story.

Cooperative Learning

Cooperative Learning Structure
Pair Share: (P 3,5,6)

  1. If students are seated on floor: Designate ‘elbow buddies’.
  2. If students are seated at tables: Assign table partner.
  3. If students are standing: Have students walk around and on a designated signal, find a partner near them. Those students without a partner raise their hands and find one.
  4. Have pairs share with each other, then with other pairs, other teams, or the entire group.

Writing Activity

Using the literary selection for the Introductory Activity create a “What if……” question to change the outcome of the story.
Using a Pair Share, write and/or tell a partner the new version.

Brain Break

 Brain Break"Nursery Rhyme Dance"** 3:42 min  Celebration


Some of the online videos have brief advertisements attached at the beginning that may be inappropriate for viewing by students and need to be cued before showing.