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Here are your currently featured materials through December 2017.


Schools choose to implement the Project Wisdom supplemental messages with lessons plans in several ways. Some use them as recommended in the Weekly or Monthly Themes. Others choose from the Life Skills/Pressing Issues and/or Calendar Events selection.

Still others, implement these materials weekly as they are featured here and highlighted in our Just For You email deployment.

These tools work really well for weekly advisory, character education, life skills, or enrichment classes.

There are also several ways you can implement the content:

  • Take 10 minutes to read the message (either on the PA system, in-house television system or as a class read-aloud), and then follow up with the discussion generators.
  • Take 20, 30, or more minutes and choose one of the outstanding follow-up activities written for different grade levels by an accomplished reading specialist and childhood literature expert.

. . . The choice is yours.

You’re going to discover that these plans follow a consistent, easy-to-follow format that provokes meaningful reflection and dialogue about issues that really matter.

"We have been reading the Words of Wisdom to our students since the school opened, 13 years ago. We have gone through several administrative changes in that time, but one of the constants has been the Words of Wisdom. We often receive student feedback on how helpful they find the messages."

Laurel, Middle School Registrar, Colorado

October

Reading List
  • 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
    Message and Lesson Plan*

  • 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
    Message and Lesson Plan*

  • 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
    Message and Lesson Plan*

  • 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
    Message and Lesson Plan*

  • 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
    Message and Lesson Plan*

November

Reading List
  • Sharing Our Lives Together

    Family narratives are important because they are personal and true. They can help bond families together, and help young people better understand themselves and the world around them. As we approach the holiday season, students may be spending more time with family, which is a great opportunity to recall and collect some real family treasures.
    Key Ideas: Family history - Belonging - Heritage
    Character Traits: Respect - Caring
    Note: This message and lesson plan also work well for Family Stories Month in November
    Message and Lesson Plan*

  • How to Stop the Bullying

    It's probably fair to say that teasing and bullying can poison the climate of any school. With this message and lesson plan, students explore the notion that kindness is the antidote to bullying.
    Key Idea: Kindness as an antidote to bullying
    Character Traits: Respect - Responsibility – Caring
    Message and Lesson Plan*

  • Celebrate Life!

    We all need a gentle reminder to pay attention to the simple joys of life, particularly as we gather with friends and family to celebrate Thanksgiving. We can delight in the happy sounds of the holiday; in the yummy smells; and in every smile, hug, and act of kindness. Consider that we can make every day a holiday by celebrating the simple joys of life.
    Key Ideas: Awareness - Positive attitude - Resiliency
    Character Traits: Gratitude - Respect
    Message and Lesson Plan*

  • Beauty Secrets

    We live in a world that celebrates outer beauty and too often neglects the inner beauty that radiates from a friendly, respectful, and caring attitude. With this plan students explore the difference between inner beauty and outer beauty, and consider that a genuine smile makes any face beautiful.
    Key Ideas: A genuine smile will make any face beautiful - Beauty in diversity - Inner versus outer beauty
    Character Traits: Respect - Caring - Friendliness - Positive attitude
    Message and Lesson Plan*

December

Reading List
  • Looking Out for Others

    It's been said that safeguarding the rights of others is both a noble and beautiful thing. Students learn the meaning of the word dignity and why it’s important to treat others the way they would want to be treated.
    Key Ideas: Human dignity - Golden Rule
    Character Traits: Fairness - Respect – Tolerance
    Message and Lesson Plan*

  • Good for Goodness’ Sake

    People are good for many reasons. Being “good for goodness' sake” means being good because you appreciate goodness, whether you are giving it or receiving it. Students will explore the notion that true goodness comes from an internal motivation to be good because one appreciates the value of goodness in the world.
    Key Idea: Goodness as part of the spirit of the holidays
    Character Traits: Goodness - Caring – Respect
    Message and Lesson Plan*

  • Priceless Gifts

    Many of us get so caught up in holiday gift giving that we forget about the greatest gift of all, the gift of giving something of ourselves to others. This message and corresponding lesson plan helps students think about the meaning and value of gifting others with their time, energy, and caring.
    Key Ideas: The value of giving freely - Giving of ourselves - Volunteering as a gift
    Character Traits: Caring - Generosity - Service
    Message and Lesson Plan*

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