SPARTA, NJ -Each month at Alpine Elementary School the School Counselor, STEP teacher, and Media Specialist collaborated on a Character Education project involving kindergarten and second grade students.

Each month Heather Yanoff, School Counselor held a Character Education assembly, focusing on a different character trait.  In April several staff members got involved with the character project.

To start project, Media Specialist Taran Gallagher, gathered character education books on each character trait the Alpine students learned about throughout the year. Then STEP teacher Christina Morrow had the students look through the books and pick a character trait they wanted to use to create a book on the iPads using the app Storybook, Yanoff said.

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The students had to use pictures, drawings, sentences, and questions in their book. When the students were in media center they created an advertisement page on Google Slides to present all their ideas to the kindergarten students, according to Yanoff.

Once the students finished their books Morrow and Yanoff invited the kindergarten students to  listen to the stories. The second-grade students were very proud of their work and the kindergarten children loved listening and learning all about good character.

“This was an excellent opportunity for cross-curricular learning for both our kindergarten and second grade students,” Yanoff said.