S.T.A.R. Power

Overview: This session introduces students to the S.T.A.R. Power strategy (Stop, Think, and Act with Respect) and provides opportunities to practice peaceful behavior. Students discover that using S.T.A.R. Power helps Peaceful People show respect and caring, use self-control and choose behaviors that are kind and helpful to themselves, others and their community. Younger students enjoy making their S.T.A.R. Power grow through engaging role plays and activities, while older students appreciate the focus on using respectful actions to increase their S.T.A.R. Power. This lesson is designed to be taught following our What is Peace? lesson. Students will continue practicing and using their S.T.A.R. Power in future Peaceful People lessons.  

Objectives: In this session, students will:

  1. Define S.T.A.R. Power as their power to Stop, Think, and Act with Respect
  2. Envision and describe their own S.T.A.R. Power 
  3. Identify S.T.A.R. Power as a strategy to help them choose peaceful behavior, even when feeling uncomfortable or upset
  4. Identify and rehearse S.T.A.R. Power behaviors 
  5. Analyze the importance of using S.T.A.R. Power and being a S.T.A.R.

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Detailed Lesson Plans
(Click appropriate grade-level)

pre-K          K-1          2-3          4-6          6-8

*Teaching Tip: As you begin teaching your first Peaceful People lessons, take some time to introduce yourself and the Peaceful People program to your students. We always start with a review of the behavior expectations in the classroom or wherever you may be teaching, and brainstorm with students ways to encourage safe participation in all activities. We find that namecards are helpful if you are not already familiar with all students' names. We like to ask students to help us pronounce their names, and we share our belief that using someone's name properly is an important way to show someone that they are cared about.

Recommended Books
(click title for complete Literature Guide) 

Title and Author  pre-K K-1 2-3 4-6 6-8
Giraffes Can't Dance by Giles Andreae x x x  x   
Have You Filled a Bucket Today? by Carol McCloud x x x x  
Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell x x  x  x  
One by Kathryn Otoshi x x x x x
Say Something by Peggy Moss (coming soon)       x x
Riding the Tiger by Eve Bunting       x x


Reinforcing Activities
(Click Activity title for detailed instructions)

 Activity Title pre-K K-1 2-3 4-6 6-8
Before They Were S.T.A.R.s       x x
Draw Your S.T.A.R. Power x x x x  
My S.T.A.R. Logo     x x x
S.T.A.R. In My Life      x x x
S.T.A.R. Power Model     x x x
S.T.A.R. Song x x x x  


Classroom Poster and Printable Worksheets
(Click appropriate files for visual aids and worksheets to supplement your lesson)

Classroom Poster          Primary Worksheet          Intermediate Worksheet