A Little Respect Can Go a Long Way

Contributor: Gloria Monahan. Lesson ID: 13036

What is respect? You have surely heard this word and probably been told to show respect! But it is so much easier to show respect when you know how it feels. Find the secret to understanding RESPECT.


Interpersonal Skills, People and Their Environment

Social Studies
learning style
Kinesthetic, Visual
personality style
Lion, Otter
Grade Level
Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5)
Lesson Type
Quick Query

Lesson Plan - Get It!


A.A. Milne quote

You have probably been told to...

  • respect your parents
  • respect your teacher
  • respect your elders
  • respect yourself
  • respect your toys
  • respect your environment

The list of people and things that you are taught to respect can be very long! But, what if we try to dig even deeper into RESPECT. Respect is not only about a list of Dos and Don'ts — it can start in your heart!

girl with a heart

Sometimes, you will need reminders to show respect; however, as you begin to truly understand respect, you will begin to live it in your own life. Respect will come more easily to you when you know how it feels, and then you can recognize the difference it can make for yourself and for others.

A litte respect can go a long way in your life.

  • What does respect mean to you?

As you begin to think about what respect means to you, take some time to watch the two videos below before completing a fun activity with the word RESPECT.

Let's start with a fun song as you explore what respect means in your own life.

Respect by Carolyn Hoover:


Now, watch Sesame Street: Respect | Word on the Street to understand what respect means in your life and interactions with others!


You probably noticed that respect often has a list of rules and things that we should do or say. But, did you also notice that a lot of people talk about respect by referencing "a feeling?"

  • A great way to recognize how to respect others is by recognizing what makes you feel respected!

Let's explore the meaning of respect by digging deeper to understand what makes you feel respected. First, complete the Word Fun: RESPECT worksheet, found under Downloadable Resources in the right-hand sidebar, to think about the different things that mean respect to you. Then, answer the questions below.

  • Did you share your work with your parent or teacher and discuss how you feel when you experience respect and disrespect?

Now that you recognize the meaning and feeling of respect you are ready to move on to the Got It? section.

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