Classroom Guidance

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    2016-2017 Lessons
    August/September Lessons
     
    Kindergarten - During the first week of school, Kindergarten classes learned about the role of a school counselor. They learned that a school counselor is a helper and made "I Met My School Counselor Today" booklets. We also introduced different feelings such as angry/mad, sad, scared, happy, and excited. Kindergarten also worked on their listening skills by watching the animated story of Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns to Listen and practicing the four steps to listening (STOP what you are doing, LOOK with your eyes at the person speaking, HEAR with your ears what the person has to say, and THINK with your brain about what that person is saying). 
     
    1st Grade - During the first weeks of school, 1st grade students learned about the role of a school counselor and completed the "I Met My School Counselor Today" booklet. They learned that school counselors listen to students when they want to talk about a problem they are having and help students do their best in school and with friends. Students also learned why it was important to listen and were able to practice their listening skills by learning the four steps to listening (STOP what you are doing, LOOK with your eyes at the person speaking, HEAR with your ears what the person has to say, and THINK with your brain about what that person is saying). 
     
    2nd Grade - Second grade students learned about the role of a school counselor during the first few weeks of school. They learned that school counselors listen to students when they want to talk about a problem they are having and help students do their best in school and with friends. Second graders also learned the difference between small, medium, large, and critical problems and learned about how to make a self-referral to the school counselor. In the month of September, 2nd grade students learned about the importance of being good listeners and practiced the 4 steps of being a good listener (STOP what you are doing, LOOK with your eyes at the person speaking, HEAR with your ears what the person has to say, and THINK with your brain about what that person is saying). They also practiced listening and following directions during a partner activity.
     
    3rd Grade - During the first weeks of school, third grade students learned about the role of the school counselor.  They learned that school counselors listen to students when they want to talk about a problem they are having and help students do their best in school and with friends. Third graders also learned the difference between small, medium, large, and critical problems and learned about how to make a self-referral to the school counselor. In the month of September, 3rd grade students learned about the importance of being good listeners and practiced the 4 steps of being a good listener (STOP what you are doing, LOOK with your eyes at the person speaking, HEAR with your ears what the person has to say, and THINK with your brain about what that person is saying). They also practiced listening and following directions during a partner activity.
     
    4th Grade - During the first week of classes, 4th grade students learned about the role of a school counselor by playing "The Counselor Game." They reviewed the different ways a school counselor can help and also reviewed the topic of confidentiality. 4th grade students also learned how to make a self-referral to the counselor and talked about the differences among small, medium, large, and critical problems. Students in 4th grade also learned about active listening and practiced being a respectful, active listener with a partner. 
     
    5th Grade -  During the first week of classes, 5th grade students learned about the role of a school counselor by playing "The Counselor Game." They reviewed the different ways a school counselor can help and also reviewed the topic of confidentiality. Fifth grade students also learned how to make a self-referral to the counselor and talked about the differences among small, medium, large, and critical problems. Students in 5th grade also learned about active listening and practiced being a respectful, active listener with a partner. 
     
    October Lessons
    October is National Bullying Prevention Month so this month will consist of a bullying/respect unit for each grade. During our Classroom Guidance lessons, students will be learning about the difference between rude, mean, and bullying. Students will also learn about the different types of bullying.  
     
    Kindergarten- Kindergarten students learned about the difference between friendly and unfriendly behaviors by reading the book "Llama Llama and the Bully Goat." Students talked about what makes a behavior friendly vs mean/unfriendly. Then, they drew a picture of a time when someone was mean to them and how it made them feel. 
     
    1st Grade- In 1st Grade, students learned how bullying is different than being mean. They learned the 3-part definition of bullying: a mean behavior happens over and over, or a group is being mean to an individual, or it involves a threat. We then used the book "Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns about Bullying" to learn what bullying looks like. Students watched a video version of the book found at https://wedolisten.org. We discussed the strategy Howard used in the book: Be Brave, Be Bold, a Teacher Must Be Told! Students loved reciting this strategy! Then, students drew a picture of themselves telling a teacher about bullying. 
     
    2nd Grade- Students viewed a presentation on the difference among behaviors that are rude, mean, and bullying. In the presentation, they learned the definitions of each and were able to hear about and discuss real life examples. Then, students participated in an activity where they were given scenarios and had to decide if it was rude, mean, or bullying. Students learned that bullying consists of 3 key elements: doing something on purpose to hurt, repeated over time, and an imbalance of power.
     
    3rd Grade- Students participated in a discussion about bullying and what it looks like. We then went over some True/False questions regarding bullying. Then, they learned what behaviors that are rude, mean, or bullying looked like and how to tell the difference between the three. Students participated in an activity where they were given scenarios and had to decide if it was rude, mean, or bullying. Students learned that bullying consists of 3 key elements: doing something on purpose to hurt, repeated over time, and an imbalance of power.
     
    4th Grade: Students participated in a discussion about bullying and what it looks like. They then worked in groups to come up with a definition of bullying and were able to share these definitions with the class. They then viewed a presentation on the differences among behaviors that are rude, mean, and bullying. They also participated in an activity where they were given scenarios and had to decide if it was rude, mean, or bullying. Students learned that bullying consists of 3 key elements: doing something on purpose to hurt, repeated over time, and an imbalance of power.
     
    5th Grade: Students participated in a discussion about bullying and what it looks like. They then worked in groups to come up with a definition of bullying and were able to share these definitions with the class. They then viewed a presentation on the differences among behaviors that are rude, mean, and bullying. They also participated in an activity where they were given scenarios and had to decide if it was rude, mean, or bullying. Students learned that bullying consists of 3 key elements: doing something on purpose to hurt, repeated over time, and an imbalance of power.
     
     
    November Lessons: 
    Kindergarten: In November, kindergarten students learned about different feelings! During the first lesson, students talked about how feelings are normal and how it feels good to share our feelings with someone who wants to help. We did this by using the "Magic Coloring Book of Feelings." They loved this book and thought it was so cool to see how their feelings could change the color in the book. In the second lesson, students learned about different feeling words and how they can be put into categories of mad, sad, scared, and happy. Then, students were given a stuffed animal and practiced talking about how the stuffed animal was "feeling" and sharing it with others. Students then practiced responding to each others' animals' feelings. They loved cuddling with the stuffed animals and imagining what the animals were feeling! 
     
    1st: Students learned about different feelings! During the first lesson, students talked about how feelings are normal and how it feels good to share our feelings with someone who wants to help. We did this by using the "Magic Coloring Book of Feelings." They loved this book and thought it was so cool to see how their feelings could change the color in the book. In the second lesson, students learned about different feeling words and how they can be put into categories of mad, sad, scared, and happy. Then, students were given a stuffed animal and practiced talking about how the stuffed animal was "feeling" and sharing it with others. Students then practiced responding to each others' animals' feelings. They loved cuddling with the stuffed animals and imagining what the animals were feeling! 
     
    2nd: 2nd Grade students focused on the character trait of "Gratitude" during their first lesson of November. We talked about what gratitude means, the difference between being grateful and complaining, and then made a Gratitude Collage for their classroom to display! During this month, we also began talking about Responsibility and what kind of responsibilities we have at home and at school. 
     
    3rd: Students focused on the character trait of "Gratitude" during their first lesson of November. We talked about what gratitude means, the difference between being grateful and complaining, and then made a Gratitude Collage for their classroom to display! During this month, we also began talking about Responsibility and what kind of responsibilities we have at home and at school. They then played a fun game of "Responsibility Tic-Tac-Toe" to show what they knew about taking responsibility!
     
    4th: In 4th Grade, students talked about Gratitude by playing "The Gratitude Game." We discussed what it means to show gratitude and then while working in groups, students had to come up with the best response to why they were grateful for that specific thing. Topics included math, vegetables, spiders, and garbage! It was interesting to see how they could take a topic that they normally wouldn't think they should be grateful for and come up with a reason why they should be! During our last lesson in November, 4th Grade began talking about responsibility. We discussed what responsibility is, what they can do to show responsibility, what it sounds like, and what it is not. Then, we discussed how making excuses is not responsible and it is important to take responsibility for our actions. In partners, students worked on taking excuses they have made and turning them into responsibility statements. 
     
    5th: In 5th grade, students talked about Gratitude by playing "The Gratitude Game." We discussed what it means to show gratitude and then while working in groups, students had to come up with the best response to why they were grateful for that specific thing. Topics included math, vegetables, spiders, and garbage! It was interesting to see how they could take a topic that they normally wouldn't think they should be grateful for and come up with a reason why they should be! During our last lesson in November, we began our responsibility unit. We discussed what responsibility is, what they can do to show responsibility, what it sounds like, and what it is not. Then, we discussed how making excuses is not responsible and it is important to take responsibility for our actions. In partners, students worked on taking excuses they have made and turning them into responsibility statements. 
     
    December 5-12 Lessons
    Kindergarten: Students read the story "Bernard Bug's Difficult Day" and talked about catching the "Responsibility Bug." Students learned what responsibility means and what it might look like (fixing your mistakes, doing your best, not making excuses).
     
    1st Grade: Students listened to the book "What If Everybody Did That" and learned that responsibility means doing what you are supposed to do. Then, as a class we connected the definition of responsibility to our school-wide rules (LEARN Matrix). Next, students listed responsibilities they have at school and home and we played "Do the Right Thing Tic-Tac-Toe."
     
    2nd Grade: Students reviewed what responsibility means and played a "Responsibility Game" where they answered different questions about how to be responsible.
     
    3rd Grade: Students reviewed what responsibility means then participated in an activity where they were given a situation that showed responsibility and moved to a different corner of the room based on if they Always, Sometimes, or Never completed that task. After each situation, we had a class discussion on why that situation showed responsibility.
     
    4th Grade: 4th Graders reviewed what responsibility means and looks like. Then, they did an activity called "Responsibility Scoot" to see how much they remembered about responsibility!
     
    5th Grade: Students reviewed what responsibility means. Students then  talked about what they did in the past week to show they were responsible. Then, in small groups students created a role play that showed responsibility and performed it for the class. While doing this, students learned the skill steps of accepting responsibility. 
     
    December 13-December 20:
    Kindergarten and 1st Grade:
     
    During this lesson students learned about personal space.  We read the book Personal Space Camp by Julia Cook.  Personal Space Camp uses humor and real life examples, such as sitting on the carpet and being in a line, to help students understand that everyone has a comfort bubble.  We also practiced what appropriate personal space looks like while sitting on the carpet, at our desks, and in line. Students were being extra careful trying not to pop their classmates' comfort bubbles!
     
    2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade: Lessons for these grades during this week was about growth mindset. We talked about having a growth (open) vs a fixed (closed) mindset. We practice hand signs for each one and discussed examples. Examples of a fixed mindset include saying things like " This is too hard" or "I give up." Students learned that if you have this kind of mindset, you won't be able to learn because your brain stays "fixed." They learned that someone with a growth mindset says things like "I'll keep trying" and " I won't give up," which helps their brain grow because they keep trying! We also read the book "The Dot" by Peter H. Reynolds and discussed the mindsets of each character.
     
    January Lessons:
    Kindergarten/1st Grade: Kindergarten and 1st Grade students were introduced to the term growth mindset. They learned what it was using the terms open and closed mindset. They practice the hand signs and we talked about different examples of mindset. Students learned that it is always best to have an open mindset so that your brain can grow! They learned that mistakes are okay and the important thing is that we keep trying. We also talked about the power of yet and how adding yet when saying you can't do something can help your growth mindset. Each student then had a chance to come up with something they can't do YET, but want to keep trying to learn how to do. This list was then given to their teacher so that they can keep looking at their progress! Students also watched a Sesame Street video of The Power of Yet. During the next lesson, K and 1st students read "The Little Engine that Could" and talked about things that they were working hard on at school and will never give up on. 
     
    2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade: During the first part of January, 2nd-5th Grade students continued to learn about growth mindset. We read the book "Ish" by Peter H. Reynolds and discussed how it related to growth mindset --- when learning new things, it's ok to make mistakes and not be perfect. The important thing is to keep trying! Students then created their own "ish" drawings. The last half part of January these students spent time learning about goal-setting and the importance of setting goals in order to be successful in school. They were also introduced to SMART Goal Setting. 
     
    February 7-14 Lessons: 
    Kindergarten and 1st Grade students learned about bucket filling. They read the book "How do you Fill a Bucket" and talked about what are examples of bucket fillers as well as bucket dippers. They then completed an activity where they said how they could be bucket fillers.
     
    2nd and 3rd Grade students discussed the meaning of being kind. They read the book "Each Kindness" and discussed it. Some classes participated in a ripple activity with a stone and water to see how showing one person kindness can create a ripple effect in the world. Students also modeled paying-it-forward by doing a Kindness Arm Chain where each person said something kind about another person. 
     
    4th Grade students discussed the concept of kindness and how it is similar to a muscle. It exists in your heart but it also needs a workout! The more you practice kindness, the easier it is to use it. We talked about small kindness es we could do today. They then worked in groups to do a Kindness pennant activity whre they created a banner to hang in the hallway for Kindness Week. Each banner discussed different ways we can show kindness and what kindness looks like.
     
    5th Grade students read "The Invisible Boy" by Trudy Ludwig. We then discussed kindness themes from the book. In the book, the question of "Which is worse, feeling invisible or  being laughed at" was asked. After reading, students then discussed which they thought was worse and why. Then, students talked about what are some ways they can show kindness to others in partners. After, they watched the video "Color Your World in Kindness" about how kindness spreads. 
     
    February 20-27
    This week, students in K-5th Grades discussed the topic of "diversity" and accepting differences. We also connected our lesson to the  theme of Black History Month and the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 
     
    Kindergarten and 1st Grade: Students did an activity with coloring rainbows that showed how a rainbow drawn with one color is not as good as one with multiple colors. Students were able to see that our differences are what makes us special and without our differences, their class wouldn't be as fun! After the leson, they read "The Crayon Box That Talked."
     
    2nd and 3rd Grade: In this lesson, students learned about the importance of accepting each other's differences with an activity with colored stars and the book "The Sneeches" by Dr. Seuss. They then discussed ways they were different and similar to each other.
     
    4th and 5th Grade: Students learned the word diversity. They then discussed how they can embrace diversity in their classroom, school, community, and globally. we also discussed Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs and that each kid, no matter their background or where they are from in the world, have these basic needs. Students also worked in partners they don't normally work with and completed a Venn Diagram on how they are similar and different. 
     
     
     March Lessons
    Kindergarten and 1st Grade are learning about conflict resolution. First, they learned about how their body language, tone of voice, and facial expressions can either hurt or help when solving conflicts. They also learned that the word conflict means a disagreement. Students practiced each of these things with different feeling words. Students have also been learning about how to solve conflicts. They have learned to 1. stay calm 2. use an I-message 3. brainstorm solutions together and 4. agree on a solution to the problem. They have been working hard practicing  their I-Messages using different scenarios.
     
    2nd Grade: Students have been practicing using "I-Messages" like " I feel ____ because _____. I want ________." These students have also been practicing different strategies for resolving conflicts. The strategies that are being practiced are from the book "Simon's Hook."
     
    3rd Grade: Students read "The Zax" by Dr. Seuss. They then role played different scenarios or strategies the Zax could have used to solve the problem. For the second set of lessons in March, 3rd Graders read the book "Simon's Hook" and heard about specific strategies they can use when faced with a conflict or teasing.
     
    4th Grade: Students learned about the word conflict - it's not a fight but a disagreement. A conflict can lead to a fight/argument unless there is a resolution. We read "The Zax" by Dr. Seuss and students got the opportunity to role play different strategies the Zax could have used to resolve their conflict. During the second set of lessons in March, 4th graders transitioned to our Career/College Readiness Unit. For our first College and Career Readiness lesson, students learned about "multiple intelligences." After learning about the different types of multiple intelligences, they got a chance to fill out a survey in which they identified which intelligence was the strongest for them. 
     
     
    5th Grade: Students learned that in order to resolve a conflict, they must identify the problem first and then identify solutions together. Using different scenarios, they practiced finding out what the problem was in a conflict and identifying possible solutions. They also practiced writing "I-Messages." During the second set of lessons in March, 5th graders started their Career and College Readiness Unit. For this first lesson, they learned about multiple intelligences. They discovered that everyone has all of these kinds of intelligence; however, in different combinations and some are stronger than others. They then took a survey to determine which intelligence was the strongest for them. 
     
     April Lessons
    During  April, all Guidance classes grades K-5 had career readiness lessons! 
    Kindergarten and 1st Grade: Students learned about what a job/career is. They also learned about different tools and vehicles that people who work in those careers use. They also got to look inside the Career Tool Bag. 
     
    2nd and 3rd Grade: These students learned all about the tools that people in careers use. They were able to work together to come up with tools each career might use as well as careers that use specific tools. It was awesome to see the students teaching each other about careers! They also learned how their class jobs that they have now will help them when they are deciding on a career! 
     
    4th and 5th Grade:  Students learned about their interests, strengths, and skills that will help them become both college and career ready. These students also used these strengths and skills that they already have to determine what kind of careers that would be interesting for them or that will fit their interests. 
     
     
     May Lessons
    Kindergarten and 1st Grade students learned all about calming/coping techniques for when they are having hard feelings (frustrated, upset, angry, sad, etc.) They then learned a specific technique called "Spaghetti Body" that is helpful when they are having hard feelings and need to calm down or take a break. Students were encouraged to use this technique when they start to feel those hard feelings.
     
    2nd Grade students learned about calming and coping techniques. They read the story of the Tranquil Turtle and how the tranquil turtle uses many different techniques to help himself calm down when he's angry or upset. He then etches those skills on his shell. Students then had an opportunity to create their own tranquil turtle for them to use when they want to feel more calm.
     
    3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade students focused on test-taking strategies/tips. We discussed feelings surrounding their upcoming EOG exams, as well as  general tips they can use to help them feel more confident. They then used all these tips and created a foldable they could look at in the upcoming weeks as they prepare for their tests.