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Featured Messages with Lesson Plans

Elementary


Here's what you can expect through October 2017.

You can choose to implement the Project Wisdom message with lessons plans in several ways. You can use them as recommended in the Weekly or Monthly Themes or you can implement them as they are featured each week (during the school year) in the Just For You email deployment to educators who are registered on our Website.

These materials include broadcast messages dealing with current or calendar events, or pressing issues. Also included are correlating lesson plans with discussion generators and follow-up activities for all grade levels.

If you are planning to use the weekly or monthly themes, it's important to know that because this content addresses many calendar events, these topics may or may not fit within the theme you choose for any particular week. Consider setting aside one day per week to broadcast these special messages schoolwide (or use as classroom read-alouds), and then implement the corresponding lesson plan. These tools work really well for weekly advisory, character education, life skills, or enrichment classes.

"The program has been a great way to build a positive school climate and to begin to help students understand that they are responsible for their choices and the outcomes of these choices, both positive and negative."

Amy, Prevention Intervention Specialist - California

August (two weeks)

  • Getting to Know You

    Students examine common feelings on the first day of school and how building a classroom community helps to cope with those feelings.
    Key Ideas: New school year - Getting to know each other
    Character Traits: Respect - Caring – Citizenship

  • Sleepyheads

    It's been said that without sleep we all become tall two-year-olds. How does sleep impact our performance? ... how we treat others? What is our personal responsibility when it comes to getting enough sleep? 
    Key Ideas: Plenty of sleep improves performance at school - Importance of sleep to health and well-being
    Character Traits: Responsibility - Self-respect - Management – Attitude

September

  • Dealing With Change

    With a new school year comes many changes, and while some change can be fun, too much change can be difficult for some students. These materials help young people consider how they deal with change and why it's important to ask for help when too much change becomes difficult. 
    Key Ideas: Resiliency - Seeking help when change is difficult
    Character Traits: Perseverance - Positive attitude

  • Here Comes Tomorrow

    Students are often tempted to put things off until tomorrow, but moving their responsibilities forward does not make them go away. In fact, it can make them seem bigger and more stressful. In this plan, students consider the negative consequences of procrastination and explore tools and strategies for staying on top of things.
    Key Ideas: Procrastination - Tools for overcoming procrastination 
    Character Traits: Self-management - Responsibility - Self-esteem

  • The Advantages of Being Bilingual

    People who speak two languages can be a big help to everyone. They can build a bridge of understanding between people who wouldn't be able to talk to each other otherwise. Fun and thought-provoking activities for all grade levels, some recommended books, and discussion generators that will help your students understand the benefits of being bilingual.
    Key Ideas: Understanding other cultures - Building bridges between cultures
    Character Traits: Respect - Tolerance - Appreciation
    Note: This message and lesson plan also work well for Hispanic Heritage Month: Sept. 15 - Oct. 15.

  • Well-beaten Paths

    Sometimes on the path of life we are faced with a fork in the road. Deciding which way to go can be challenging particularly when we want to make the right choice. Students will consider the notion that just because everyone else is choosing a well-beaten path does not mean it's the right way to go. 
    Key Idea: The well-beaten path isn't always the right path to take.
    Character Traits: Prudence - Good judgment - Moral courage - Self-respect

October

  • Big House/Little House

    If we tie our happiness to the size of our home or brand of our car, we can set ourselves up for disappointment. But when we tie our happiness to the love we give and receive and to the simple pleasures of life, we tie our happiness to things that last and that really are beyond price.
    Key Ideas: A small house will hold as much happiness as a big one - Some media literacy 
    Character Traits: Caring - Love - Respect

  • Think Before You Speak

    Name-calling is a form of bullying. It's important for students to understand that when they belittle others, they belittle themselves. And on the other side of the coin, when they use words to empower and encourage others rather than put them down, they are contributing to the betterment of the world around them. With these materials, students will learn how important it is to treat one another respectfully.
    Key Ideas: What we say affects those around us - Name calling - Insulting comments
    Character Traits: Kindness - Respect - Showing appreciation - Encouragement - Empathy

  • All in Good Order

    Some people are naturally more organized than others, but anyone can learn organizational skills. Becoming and staying organized can help students perform better at school while reducing stress. This is a great opportunity for students to think about the benefits of becoming and staying organized.
    Key Idea: Benefits of staying organized - Organizational skills - Reducing stress
    Character Traits: Respect - Responsibility

  • Catching a Thief

    Students will examine the costs to themselves and others if they choose to steal, even if they are not caught. They will consider the fact that those who steal are gambling with their own future and robbing themselves of dignity, honor, and integrity as well as a clean conscience. The message and lesson plan also explore the concept of good character as a valuable asset to possess and how that is lost when someone steals.
    Key Ideas: The implications of stealing - Good character is a valuable asset to possess
    Character Traits: Honesty - Integrity - Dignity

  • Cybercitizenship

    We live in a cyberworld where we can instantly communicate around the globe. These materials remind students that they shouldn't treat others differently online than they would treat them face-to-face, and that it's just as important to be a good cybercitizen as it is to be a good citizen in their community. 
    Key Ideas: Cyberethics - Cybercitizen - Cyberworld
    Character Traits: Respect - Responsibility - Honesty - Fairness - Citizenship

Additional Messages with Lesson Plans

> Calendar Events
> Life Skills/Pressing Issues


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