Study Guide for Getting Along in Character County!

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Program Summary

In this assembly program written for the older elementary school age students, the artist will interact with eleven large, full-body puppets in upbeat songs and eye-opening stories / dialogue teaching six different character qualities. This show is more serious than the "Character County!" shows for K-2nd, but it maintains an element of fun without "talking down" to the older students. The character lessons taught include helpfulness, friendships, tolerance, bullying, peacemaking, and flexibility. Of particular interest are the true stories and situations applicable to older students and the opportunities for whole audience participation make this show engaging and fun.

Vocabulary Words

Helpfulness: to provide what is necessary to accomplish a task or satisfy a need.
Dr. Martin Luther King's quote: "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing to help others?"

Friendship: the state of a person being attached to another by feelings of affection or personal regard. "It's very important who we choose as our closest friends because we become like the people we hang around." "If you lie down with dogs, you're going to get up with fleas."

Tolerance: a fair and permissive attitude toward opinions and practices that differ from one's own. "Just because someone is different from you doesn't necessarily mean that they're wrong... different just means different!"

Bullying: being quarrelsome, overbearing and badgering or intimidating smaller or weaker people. (Four bullying "rules" are discussed and repeated by the audience.)

Peacemaking: the actions of a person, group or nation bringing about freedom from war, strife, commotion, violence or disorder. "...and knowing that a 'win-win' solution is better than to 'win at all costs'."

Flexibility: susceptible to adaptation, easily bent, adaptable. "We need to be flexible... if you're one of those people who always has to have his own way, you'll break from the stress."