Support Character Education

Sample Curricula

Teacher and Counselor Curriculums

Samples of FACE Project Teacher Lessons

Week 1 School Rules Week 14 Tolerance Week 27 Freedom from Prejudice
(4th Grade Sample Lesson)
Week 2 Friendship
(Pre-K Sample Lesson)
Week 15 Courtesy Week 28 Caring
(Kindergarten Sample Lesson)
Week 3 Respect for Authority Week 16 Responsibility
(5th Grade Sample Lesson)
Week 29 Kindness
Week 4 Respect for the Law Week 17 Hard work Week 30 Empathy
Week 5 Teaching Tolerance Week 18 Self Esteem Week 31 Compassion
Week 6 Problem Solving Week 19 Accountability Week 32 Consideration
(3rd Grade Sample Lesson)
Week 7 Trustworthiness Week 20 Diligence Week 33 Generosity
Week 8 Honesty Week 21 Perseverance Week 34 Charity
Week 9 Integrity Week 22 Self Control Week 35 Citizenship
Week 10 Reliability Week 23 Fairness Week 36 Common Good
(1st Grade Sample Lesson)
Week 11 Loyalty Week 24 Justice
(2nd Grade Sample Lesson)
Week 37 Community Mindedness
Week 12 Respect Week 25 Consequences of Behavior Week 38 Connections and Separations
Week 13 Golden Rules Week 26 Principles of nondiscrimination

Samples of FACE Project Counselor Lessons

  • FACE Project Kindergarten Lesson
    Character traits: Responsibility, Inspiring Respect, Embracing Diversity/Uniqueness, Caring & Friendship, Fairness & Sharing, Trustworthiness, Diligence, Citizenship, Thankfulness
  • FACE Project First Grade Lesson
    Character traits: Responsibility/Respect, Respect/Caring/Diversity, Respect/Manners, Trustworthiness, Citizenship
  • FACE Project Second Grade Lesson
    Character traits: Responsibility, Manners, Celebrating diversity/respect/self-esteem/caring, Fairness, Trustworthiness, Citizenship
  • FACE Project Third Grade Lesson
    Character traits: Responsibility, Respect/celebrating diversity, Citizenship/caring, Fairness, Trustworthiness, Citizenship
  • FACE Project Fourth Grade Lesson
    Character traits: Responsibility, Respect, Friendship, Fairness,  Trustworthiness, Citizenship
  • FACE Project Fifth Grade Lesson
    Character traits: Responsibility, Respect, Caring/Friendship/Empathy, Fairness/Teamwork,  Trustworthiness, Citizenship


Character education creates schools that foster caring young people by modeling and teaching good character through emphasis on universal values.  It is the intentional, proactive effort to instill in students important core, ethical and performance values such as caring, honesty, diligence, fairness, fortitude, responsibility and respect for self and others.  Character education teaches students how to be their best selves and how to do their best work.

The goal of the Functional Approach to Character Education (FACE) is to provide quality character education training and curriculum to Virginia’s PreK-5th grade school teachers and guidance counselors.  The objectives of our FACE curriculum are to:

  • Promote social and emotional development in students
  • Promote school and classroom community
  • Promote and model active citizenship
  • Promote healthy relationships
  • Promote skills that support academic performance
  • Promote and model avoidance of risky behaviors

Each lesson includes student objectives, assessing student learning, a motivating introduction, engaging learning activities, summary, evaluation of student learning and extension activities.  Lesson plans covering the six pillars are related to character traits including:

  • Trustworthiness – honesty, integrity, reliability and loyalty
  • Respect – for school and classroom rules, for authority and the law, tolerance and courtesy
  • Responsibility – hard work, self-esteem, accountability, diligence, perseverance and self-control
  • Fairness – justice, consequences o behavior, principles of non-discrimination and freedom from prejudice
  • Caring – kindness, empathy, compassion, consideration, generosity and charity
  • Citizenship – concern for the common good and community mindedness

Lesson plan subjects are consistent across all grades each week and are interwoven with Standards of Learning.  These plans are embedded into the subject of the week throughout the school and include parental and integrated community involvement.