Lesson Plan

Molding of a Leader: Lesson 1

Get on the Right Trracc Like Ike
Grade Level:
Fourth Grade-Fifth Grade
History, Language Arts, U.S. Presidents
45 mins.
Group Size:
Up to 36
National/State Standards:
PA Education Standards
English/Language Arts - 1.6.5 D
Character Education - Recognize, identify, exhibit good character


Students will define character traits in their own words, comparing their definitions with those found in the dictionary.  They will give examples of times when they have recognized traits in others by taking an imagery walk around the school or town.


Students will define and discuss the traits listed on the TRRACC poster in their own words, and then compare their definitions to the dictionary entries.

Students will list specific examples of times when they have seen people exhibit traits listed on the poster by taking an imagery or real walk around the school or community.



Molding of a Leader: Lesson 1 Materials:
Includes: TRRACC Poster, Glosssary of TRRACC poster

Sentence strips with one trait printed on each strip.
A second set of sentence strips with the dictionary definition of each word.


1. The teacher will begin to brainstorm the meaning of A Person Of Character. Ideas can be listed or webbed on the board, chart, or overhead.

2. The teacher will then introduce the class to the TRRACC poster and compare their lists with the traits on the poster. The teacher can refer to the definitions page.Some other traits can be listed under a category. Example: Trustworthy--Honest, Truthful.

3. The teacher will then ask the class to come up with their own definition of each of the traits before looking them up in a dictionary.

4. The children will then be asked to take an imagery walk (a walk using their imagination) to look for people who are exhibiting these traits.

5. The children will be asked to close their eyes and use their imaginations as they tour their school.

Questions to ask during the walk:         

·      Who do you see?

·      What are they doing?

·      What are they saying?

·      Who are they with?

·      Are they helping someone?

·      Are they setting an example for others?

·      Are they doing something to make the world a better place?

·      Are they doing something that makes you believe they know right from wrong?

·      Are they giving good advice to someone?

As the students "return to the classroom", they open their eyes and discuss what they saw.

NOTE: This walk could be done as a real walk in the school or in the community. 



Suggestions for Follow Up Activities

1. The teacher may want to do a writing activity at this time to bring closure to the lesson. The children may be asked to write a poem using some of the character traits on the TRRACC poster. Another writing activity could be for the students to write an expository paragraph about a person they admire and the traits that person exhibits.

2. Children could illustrate something they saw on their imagery walk and write a caption for their illustration.

3. Working in cooperative groups students could design a poster entitled the ABC's of Good Character. Examples: A is for Acting responsibly, B is for Becoming a good citizen, C is Caring for others

4. The students could work in groups to design a poster advertising Good Character.

Check out the other lessons:
- Molding of a Leader

Lesson 1 - Defining a Person of Character

Lesson 2- The Development of Character Over Time

Lesson 3- Getting on the Right TRRACC - Ike's Stories

Lesson 4- Defining Responsibility

Site Visit- President Eisenhower : "A Man of Many Hats"

Lesson 5 - Post Visit - Get on the right TRRACC,Trustworthy, Respectful, Responsible, Accountable, Caring, and Citizenship