Best Free Character Education Videos

best character education videos

Videos are a great way to teach kids about good character. Whether you are looking for a short video for a character education lesson, an inspirational video to prompt good character and social skills, or video examples of teachers who have implemented character education and social emotional learning strategies… look no further. We’ve sorted through hours of social emotional learning videos and countless websites to gather some of the best free character education videos on the web. These videos are geared toward elementary aged students and will help you quickly launch a social skills activity or character education lesson.

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Kid President'2 20 Things we should say more often

Traits: kindness, perseverance, respect, caring
Grade level: elementary, middle school, high school
Kid President is so fun to watch. He inspires kids to treat each other with kindness, respect, and caring through silly and serious points.

Inspiring video teaches kids about grit

Grit- Teen runs 7 marathons on 7 continents

Traits: perseverance, grit
Grade level: elementary, middle school, high school
Inspiring video about a teen who decided to run seven marathons on seven continents to raise money for cancer research. Discusses themes of grit, perseverence.

Empathy in Sports

Traits: empathy, caring, respect
Grade level: Elementary, middle school, high school
This video is a beautiful and moving example of empathy and sportsmanship. When a team wins the soccer world championship, they notice their opponents’ heartbreak and reach out with kindness to comfort them.

Multi-cultural students talk Empathy

Traits: empathy, caring, respect
Grade level: 3, 4, 5 +
Interviews with multi-cultural students from Bronx public schools show kids what empathy is with examples. This character education video is from the Start Empathy project, a good resource for teachers looking to increase empathy at school

Sesame Street on Good Character Traits

Traits: empathy, respect, growth mindset
Grade level: Pre-k, Kindergarten
Made for younger students, these social skills videos feature the Sesame Street characters and famous personalities singing and talking about good character traits. Videos: Empathy, Growth mindset, Respect

Color your World with Kindness

Traits: kindness, empathy
Grade level: k , 1,2, 3, 4, 5
This video shows how you can brighten someone’s day through kindness. It also helps with social skills by showing elements of empathy, self-awareness, and honesty.

1000 to 1 the Cory Weissman Story

Traits: perseverance, grit, resilience, empathy, respect
Grade level: upper elementary, middle school, high school
This feature length movie about a high school basketball star who suffers a devastating stroke offers countless opportunities to teach perseverance, grit, respect, and more good traits. Get lesson plan ideas here. Available on Amazon and NetFlix.

Famous examples of Grit

Traits: perseverance, grit, resilience
Grade level: upper elementary
This video features famous people who initially failed, but kept trying until they succeeded. Inspiring video for growth mindset lessons and activities.

Class Dojo

Traits: empathy, perseverance
Grade level: k ,1,2,3,4,5
These cute animated videos teach kids about a growth mindset, perseverance, and empathy. Find all the videos and the discussion guides help turn this into a complete skills activity / lesson at Class Dojo Big Ideas.

Random Acts of Kindness

Traits: kindness, caring
Grade level: Elementary and all ages
Inspiring ideas about real people doing acts of kindness. This collection of videos from Random Acts of Kindness show kids who have created their own kindness programs, are a great way to inspire students to create their own social emotional learning activity.

Grit and Perseverance Strategies that Work

Traits: grit, perseverance, resilience
Grade level: Adults
This video from Edutopia features a 5th grade teacher who has built a strong curriculum for teaching grit and a growth mindset. Also see the grit lesson plans and activities that she has proven useful.

Perseverance and Growth Mindset- Inspiration from the Olympics

Traits: perseverance, grit, resilience
Grade level: 3, 4, 5 , middle school
These moving videos show Olympic athletes as children, and all the set backs and failures they overcame to be successful. Helpful for teaching a growth mindset, these videos show kids about setting long term goals, failing and trying again, and the sweet reward of eventually meeting your goal. Videos: Focus on physical commitment ,Focus on overcoming life obstacles.

Perseverance and Growth Mindset- Music and the Arts

Traits: perseverance, resilience, grit
Grade level: 3, 4, 5 +
Featuring students from the New Mexico School for the Arts, this video from Edutopia shows how grit and a growth mindset are an essential part of becoming a good performer. Great examples of respectfully accepting criticism and growing through trial and error.

Why teach social skills?

Traits: empathy, caring, respect
Grade level: Adults
If you need to convince adults about why teaching kids social skills is important, this video from Ashoka’s Start Empathy Initiative is a great start. The Start Empathy Initiative also features empathy lessons and activities.

School Counselor Rob

Traits: respect, kindness
Grade level: 2, 3, 4, 5 +
School Counselor Rob is an actual elementary school counselor in a school comprised of “95% Hispanic students 90% of which are economically disadvantaged. He has his own style that resonates with students. In his video on respect, he teaches kids about respect for places, things and people. He also teaches about ways to be kind.

Use Polite Words

Traits: respect, kindness
Grade level: kindergarten, 1, 2
This cute video shows how one boy treats the lunch server with respect and politeness, and gets treated kindly in return. The other boy learns about using polite words.

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