Expectation One – Middle School

Culture Connection

Life Principle:

– Caring for and trusting others

Quote:Never above you.
Never below you.
Always beside you.

-Walter Winchell


Teacher: “Never above you.

Never below you.”

Students: “Always beside you.”

Sign Language

Hand Sign for Expectation #1

Sign language for Friend:
Using your index fingers, first hook right over left and then left over right.



"We're All In This Together"** 4:43 min. Lyrics

"I'm Amazing" **by Zeb Mo 3:15 min. Lyrics


Teaching By Example** 1 min

Respect Rap with Prologue** Created by Middle Level Students, 5:09 min.



"The Lion and the Mouse" -Aesop


"Charlotte's Web", E.B. White

Short Stories:

"Rebellion Against the Stomach" , The Book of Virtues, by William Bennett, p.386-387

"Damon and Pythias" , The Book of Virtues by William Bennett, p. 306-308


"Equipment", Edgar Guest , G.E. Manual, p. 19



Lexicon: Suggest use one of the following methods:

  1. 1. Student leader finds the word in a dictionary.
  2. Use of individual dictionaries.
  3. Display dictionary page on Interactive board.
  4. Access dictionary through use of media device.

4 Steps:

  1. Write the word.
  2. Define the word.
  3. Find synonyms
  4. Find antonyms.

Word Wall Vocabulary: unique, diversity

Note: Reference Lexicon Resource



Introductory Activity

Compare and Contrast! (P 5)

(Display a Venn Diagram illustration )

Divide students into pairs.

Do two brief timed pair/shares with the following instructions:

1st time- Tell your partner at least three ways they are different from you.

2nd time - Tell your partner at least three ways they are similar to you.

Cooperative Learning

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

After the introductory pair/share have the students create a Venn diagram showing the ways they are alike and different.

Brain Break

 Brain Break  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.