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Learning and Practicing Good Manners, Grades K-5

Lessons, Resources, and Activities to Practice Good Manners

Found In: classroom management, character education, health & phys. ed., preK-2, 3-5

Manners are rules for behavior. They change with time and vary from culture to culture. Their purpose is to promote social concord. September, and the beginning of the school year, coincide with National Children's Good Manners Month, which affords a perfect opportunity to review how classroom rules ensure a harmonious classroom.


Use the following lessons, resources, and activities to practice good manners, investigate temporal and cultural differences, and test student knowledge.

Lesson Plans

Writing Good Emails Students in grades K-2 learn that emails have a 5-part structure.

Show Respect Online Students in grades K-2 examine the similarities and differences between in-person and online communications and learn how to write clear and respectful emails.

Super Digital Citizen Students in grades 3-5 explore what it means to be responsible and respectful to their offline and online communities.


The Good Behavior Game Manual ( PDF, 122 KB, 38 pgs.)
“A team competition for prizes, privileges, and special activities. Check marks are recorded on the blackboard for a team when disruptive behavior of any team member occurs. If the check marks for a team remain below a pre-set number (4) by the end of the Game the team wins. All teams may win if their check marks do not exceed the pre-set number (4).”

Background Resources

Etiquette: Online BooksLinks to three centuries of books on etiquette and manners for children, teens, men, and women.

Etiquette: A History of Social Dance in America
Etiquette in eighteenth and nineteenth century ballrooms




National Children’s Good Manners Month Books for primary students, recommended by Scholastic.








  • 365 Manners Kids Should Know: Games, Activities, and Other Fun Ways to Help Children Learn Etiquette
    By Sheryl Eberly
    Three Rivers Press; 1 edition (November 27, 2001)
  • Do I Have to Say Hello? Aunt Delia's Manners Quiz for Kids and Their Grown-Ups
    By Delia Ephron
    Viking Adult (November 16, 1989)
  • The History of Manners (The Civilizing Process, Vol. 1)
    By Norbert Elias
    Pantheon; 1st paperback edition (August 12, 1982)
  • Learning How to Behave: A Historical Study of American Etiquette Books
    By Arthur M. Schlesinger, Sr.
    Cooper Square Publishers (1968)
  • A Short History of Rudeness: Manners, Morals, and Misbehavior in Modern America
    By Mark Caldwell
    Picador; 1st edition (July 7, 2000)




last updated: July 18, 2018


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