One of the biggest teach complaints I hear often is that many students don't know what it means to have good manners. So, why not take some time at the beginning of the school year to teach just that. The positive side effects of such activities are endless. You get well-mannered students, and students learn to treat each with kindness and respect. Good manners are a great compliment to any character education program.
My favorite books to to teach exactly that is Do Unto Otters by Laurie Keller. It is an effective and fun way to show students what good manners look like, how they should treat others, and how they should expect others to treat them. It offers such a clever take on the Golden Rule. And it showcases otter, which is a bonus in my book.
So pick up a copy of Do Unto Otters to create a classroom community that values good manners and the Golden Rule.