Behavior, Management & Character Development

Here you'll find ideas, resources, book list, links and free printables.

Behavior and Classroom Management

Teaching Positive Thinking (and Reading)

Positive Posters Print all 13 posters here.

I made these posters to teach positive thinking and stop all the whining and complaining. Reading the posters, talking about what they meant and practicing the ideals behind them helped the attitude of the entire class. I loved hearing them say these encouraging words to each other and to themselves when they were struggling.

AND it had an added bonus. The kids were reading the posters!

I would hang one poster up for an entire week. We read it together on Monday and talked about what it meant. Then we'd go over it every time we sat down for a story, or class meeting. By the end of the week many of the kids could read it on their own. When I got through all 13 posters I started over again. By the end of the year most of kids could read all the posters and their attitudes improved tremendously.

A Silly Idea: Happy Teacher or Sad Teacher

Silly, but it works. I once heard one of my good friends tell her students, "You have a choice, you can have a happy teacher or a sad teacher." And it stuck with me. I've always taught at schools where behaving and following directions was a new concept to many children. No matter how sweet they were, they weren't used to being told what to do. So I made this little sign to give them a visual understanding of what was expected of them and how I would react to their choices.
              Print the Happy Teacher Sad Teacher sign

Work Order Signs

Visuals to help children know how to complete their work. Especially helpful for those little ones that always want to cut first!

Print all SIX Order Signs here.

Use these signs to let the kids know what order their assignments should be done in.
Cut them apart, laminate and post whichever ones you need when you need them.

No More Boogers or Spit

No Boogers Sign
A necessary evil when you have a lot of finger-suckers and nose-pickers! I hung this in our "Clean Station" with baby wipes, tissue and alcohol-free hand sanitizer.

The Awesome Coupon Idea

I found this idea last year on another teacher's blog (see her super cute site here). I couldn't print out her coupons, and many of them didn't work for my classes, so I made my own.

My co-teacher and I gave stars to the kids on a star chart for good behavior: lining up nicely, helping a friend, sitting quietly for a story or lesson, etc. Five stars got them the coupon of their choice.

On Fridays they turned in their coupons. That was the only day they could wear a hat, bring a fluffy friend, do Show and Tell, etc. The Friday reward days helped us and the parents manage things easily.

          Coupons Print the coupons here.
         Award Certificate Print certificates for girls and boys.

The big favorites were "No Shoes," "Fluffy Friend" and "DJ for the Day." And it worked beautifully. I saved a ton of money on treasures. Another bonus was increased reading skills because I posted a full size printout of the coupons for everyone to see. The kids read the printout daily, telling each other what they were working towards. Then using their new sight words, like "treasure" and "friendly" in their reading.

I'd print out about 6 copies on cardstock. Save one to display by your star chart. Cut up the rest and sort in a box.

*If you need different coupons, say you'd rather have a coupon for a Homework Pass, or Line Leader I can make those for you. Just leave a comment or email me at

Character Development


Bible Based Character Lessons: Kids of Integrity


Teaching Patience
Posters That Encourage Positive Thinking
More Coming Soon

Books That Teach Character

Being True to Yourself/Be an Individual:

Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes
David’s Drawings by Cathryn Falwell
Do Princesses Wear Hiking Boots? by Carmela LaVigna Coyle
Dumpy La Rue by Elizabeth Winthrop          Dumpy La Rue Comprehension Page
Elmer by David McKee                     Elmer Activity: Design Your Own Elephant and Write
Ladybug Girl by Jacky Davis
Leo the Late Bloomer by Robert Krau
Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match by Monica Brown and Sara Palacios
Matthew ABC by Peter Catalanotto
Odd Velvet by Mary E. Whitcomb
Oliver Button is a Sissy by Tomie dePaola
Olivia by Ian Falconer
Purplicious by Elizabeth Kann and Victoria Kann
The Shortest Kid in the World by Corinne Demas Bliss (being different)
Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun: Having the Courage to Be Who You Are by Maria Dismondy and Kimberly Shaw-Peterson
Sometimes I Like to Curl Up In A Ball by Vicki Churchill and Charles Fuge
Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell
Stephanie’s Ponytail by Robert Munsch
Whoever You Are by Mem Fox


The Berenstain Bears Get the Gimmies by Stan and Jan Berenstain
Peter and the Whimpering-Whineys by Sherrill S. Cannon

Fighting with Friends/Getting Along:
Let’s Be Enemies by Janice May Udry, Illustrated by Maurice Sendak
Enemy Pie by Derek Munson
How to Lose All Your Friends by Nancy L. Carlson
Why Are You Fighting, Davy? by Brigitte Weninger
Talk and Work It Out by Cheri J. Meiners
Mean Soup by Betsy Everett
Hands Are Not For Hitting by Marieka Heinlen
Words Are Not For Hurting by Elizabeth Verdick
Angry Dragon by Thierry Robberecht
Bad Mood by J. Allison James
The Sandwich Swap by Kelly DiPucchio
The Meanest Thing to Say by Bill Cosby
My Big Dog by Janet Stevens

Friendship/Acceptance/Diversity (Also see Learning Differences)
Ruby the Copycat by Margaret Rathman
The Recess Queen by Alexis O'Neill
Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfizer 
Don’t Laugh at Me by Steve Seskin, Allan Shamblin and Glin Dibley
The Crayon Box That Talked by Shane Derolf and Michael Letzig (diversity)
Whoever You Are by Mem Fox
A Rainbow of Friends by P.K. Hallinan
The Skin You Live In by Michael Tyler and David Lee Csicsko
Bear Feels Sick by Karma Wilson
The Old Woman Who Named Things by Cynthia Rylant
Unlovable by Dan Yaccarino                             Unlovable Comprehension Page
Angel Child, Dragon Child by Michele Maria Surat
The Thing About Georgie by Lisa Graff (dwarfism)
The Shortest Kid in the World by Corinne Demas Bliss (being different)
Priscilla and the Pink Planet by Nathanial Hobbie (diversity)

Edward Fudwupper Fibbed Big by Berkeley Breathed
Princess K.I.M. and the Lie that Grew by Maryann Cocca-Leffler
Sam Tells Stories by Thierry Robberecht
The Berenstain Bears and the Truth by Stan and Jan Berenstain
The Boy Who Cried Wolf by B.G. Hennessy
The Empty Pot  by Demi                                 Questions for The Empty Pot

Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein

Lacey Walker, Nonstop Talker by Christianne C. Jones
My Mouth is A Volcano! by Julia Cook

Kitty Princess and the Newspaper Dress by Trevor Dickenson
The Sandwich Swap by Kelly DiPucchio
The Smartest Giant in Town by Julia Donaldson
Watch Your Tongue Cecily Beasley by Lane Fredrickson

Learning Differences: Autism/Downs/etc.
You’re Going to Love This Kid (for teachers) by Paula Kluth
Understanding Sam and Aspergers Syndrome by Clarabelle Van Niekirk
Me, My Brother and Autism by A.C. Phalon
All About My Brother by Sarah Peralta
Autism and Me: Sibling Stories by Ouisie Shapiro
My Friend with Autism by Beverly Bishop
My Friend Has Autism by Amanda Doering Tourville
I Am Utterly Unique by Elaine Marie Larson
My Friend Has Down Syndrome Jennifer Moore-Mallinos
We'll Paint the Octopus Red by Stephaine Stuve-Bodeen (down-syndrome)
The Best Worst Brother by S.A. Bodeen (down-syndrome/learning sign language)
In Jesse's Shoes by Beverly Lewis (offers a biblical perspective to having friends with special needs)

Listening and Following Directions
My Mouth is A Volcano! by Julia Cook
What If Everybody Did That? by Ellen Javernick
Lacey Walker, Nonstop Talker by Christianne Jones
Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns to Listen by Howard Binkow
Come Along Daisy! by Jane Simmons
I'm the Boss by Steve Metzger

The Golden Rule by Irlne Cooper
The Berenstain Bears and the Golden Rule by Stan and Jan Berenstain
Manners in the Lunch Room by Amanda Doering Tourville
Manners on The Playground by Carrie Finn
Watch Your Tongue Cecily Beasley by Lane Fredrickson

Never Give Up/Perseverance
Leo the Late Bloomer by Robert Kraus
The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper
Try It and Stick With It by Cheri J. Meiners
You Can Do It! by Tony Dungy (religious themes)
Winners Never Quit! by Mia Hamm
Never Give Up! A Children's Picture Book by Adriana Cerrotti
Princesses Are Not Quitters! by Kate Lum
The Dot by Peter Reynolds


The Berenstain Bears Think of Those in Need by Stan and Jan Berenstain
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
The Legend of the Bluebonnet by Tomie dePaola
The Magic is You by Sally H. Taylor
The Most Valuable Treasure by Sally H. Taylor
Mrs. Piggle Wiggle by Betty MacDonald
Russell and the Lost Treasure by Rob Scotton
The Smartest Giant in Town by Julia Donaldson
Someday by Alison McGhee


I Must Have Bobo by Eileen Rosenthal
It's Mine by Leo Leonni 
Llama, Llama Time to Share by Anna Dewdney
Mine! Mine! Mine! by Shelly Becker
The Mine-O-Saur by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen
Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog! by Mo Willems
Ribbon Rescue by Robert Munsch
Share and Take Turns by Cheri J. Meiners
We Share Everything! by Robert Munsch


Buster: The Very Shy Dog by Lisze Bechtold
Halibut Jackson by David Lucas
Rosie Sprout's Time to Shine by Allison Wortche
Too Shy For Show and Tell by Beth Bracken

Rainbow Fish: Tattle Tale by Sonia Sander
A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue by Julie Cook and Anita DuFalla
(There is also a workbook associated with this book available on Amazon)

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