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Paying It Forward with Myles Eckert

Suggested Grade Level

Suggested Values

Suggested Subject Matter

3 Integrity English/Language Arts/Social Studies

Students will:
• Demonstrate their knowledge of the core value of integrity through writing and performing a skit.


Recipient Focus: Myles Eckert

Day 1:
Introductory Activity:
Ask the students to use a sticky note and write about what they would do if they found $20 on the
ground. This is a quick write so one sentence is sufficient. Have the students keep their response private, no names. When
everyone has written what they would do, collect the sticky notes. Redistribute the sticky notes to the students. Begin with
one student and have them read the response on their note. Write that on chart paper or an interactive whiteboard. For
example, "Keep it," "Try to find the owner," "Donate it," "Buy something,"etc. Then go around the classroom asking the children
to share the response on their note. As each student responds, make a tally mark for that response. Another variation could be
to have the students actually place their sticky note on the chart paper/whiteboard. When all of the responses have been shared,
discuss what you notice. Remind the students that there is no judging.

Whole Group Activity:
Share the CBS News video about Myles Eckert. Talk about how Myles had choices. Ask the students
questions about how Myles’ actions tells us about what kind of person he is. List his character traits on the attached graphic
organizer. Remind the students that people have inside traits and outside traits.

Concluding Activity:
Do a Think-Pair-Share. Have students choose the character trait that they think most strongly led Myles
to do what he did. Tell what they chose and why. Have pairs share out to the class. Have students raise hands if they agree. Ask
if anyone thought of a different trait and tell why. Continue until there are no more hands raised for any other traits.

Day 2:
Introductory Activity:
Create a scenario for a handful of students to act out for the class. It should include a situation where a
character is showing integrity. For example stopping a bully, helping with a younger child, returning a lost item etc. You may have
a script already for the students or let them improvise. When they are done performing talk about the different story elements: setting,
characters, conflict and resolution.

Whole Group Activity:
Break the class into groups of 4-5 students. Once the groups have been determined, they will work
together to create a skit showing integrity on the part of one or more character. The Drama Mapping graphic organizers from
Read, Write,Think are user-friendly. There is one for setting, characters, conflict and resolution.

Small Group Activity:
The students use this work time to create a group skit. This is a 45-55 minute work time. Remind the students that they will
be performing their skit for the whole class the next day. They have one period to finish their skit. You may give them time
warnings such as “You have 30 minutes left”, or “You should have your setting, characters and conflict finalized by now”...

Concluding Activity:
Participation Self-Assessment Sheet

Day 3:
Whole Group Activity:
The students perform their skits for the other students. At the conclusion of each skit, have the
students talk about what they noticed. Guide them through their discussion by asking questions like:

Which character showed integrity?
Did any other characters display integrity?
What other character traits did you notice?
Would the actions of the character change if the setting were different? How about the conflict?
What would a good title for their skit be?

Concluding Activity:
Have students write the name of their skit on a small piece of paper and put it in a “hat”. Have each group draw a name from
the “hat” to with one of the following awards: Most Courageous, Most Integrity, Most Patriotic, Best Citizenship, and Best
Commitment. Have the group explain why they chose that award. Multiple groups can receive the same award.

Day 4:
Small Group Activity:
Tell the students they will be raising money to donate to a worthy cause. Divide them into groups of
4-5 and have them brainstorm and/or research charities and other groups to determine how they would like to use donated
money to benefit others.

Concluding Activity:
Tell the class what charity/group they chose for their group and why.

Participation Self-Assessment Sheet

Extended Activities:
Students create their own Character Trait poster. Give each child a blank copy of Inside/Outside
character trait. The children could fill out their own. A minimum of 5 inside and 5 outside traits need to be included. A
variation of this lesson is each student goes around the room and writes down a trait on each other’s poster. The posters are
then displayed around the room.

Take the Integrity Quiz

CBS News: The Boy Who Gave $20 He Found to a Soldier
Skit Graphic Organizer - Students have to make their own graphic organizer using the details about their skit. (Setting, character,
conflict, and resolution) 


Core Value Quote:
"Dear Soldier, My dad was a soldier. He's in heaven now. I found this $20 in the parking lot when we got here. We like to pay it forward in my family. It is your lucky day! Thank you for your service." 
- Myles Eckert, A Gold Star Kid (and Citizen Honor Recipient)