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Messages and Plans: Weekly Currently Featured


Here are your currently featured materials through January 2018.

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


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*


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*


Reading List
  • Go for the Goal

    Michael Phelps once said: “I want to be able to look back and say, ‘I’ve done everything I can, and I was successful.’” Students will examine the benefits of resolving to do one’s best to reach a goal so they will have no regrets, regardless of the outcome.
    Key Ideas: New year - Resolving to do one’s best - Turning adversity into strength - Goal setting
    Character Traits: Perseverance - Self-respect – Discipline
    Message and Lesson Plan*

  • Abilities and Disabilities

    More than seven billion human beings - all unique - live on this planet. What makes us different from one another is what makes us special, unique, and individual. Students will gain a better awareness of those of us with disabilities and how to focus on abilities rather than disabilities. They'll also look at ways to celebrate what each of us can contribute to our schools, communities, and world.
    Key Ideas: Disability awareness - Celebrating differences
    Character Traits: Respect - Caring
    Message and Lesson Plan*

  • Tough Choices

    Dr. King faced many difficult decisions in his life. With these materials, students have an opportunity to reflect on the fact that each of us faces many decisions each day. Some may be very difficult, but whatever the situation, we can learn from Dr. King's example by using these opportunities to do the right thing.
    Key Ideas: Awareness of our daily choices - Doing the right thing
    Character Traits: Moral courage - Integrity – Honesty
    Message and Lesson Plan*

  • Reaching for Greatness

    Every single one of us has the potential for greatness, no matter what circumstances we were born into, no matter what types of challenges we face. Students have the opportunity to consider that greatness can manifest in many ways.
    Key Ideas: Personal potential - Striving to be one's best - Overcoming Obstacles
    Character Traits: Determination - Hard work - Encouragement
    Message and Lesson Plan*

  • Practicing Compassion

    Students consider the role of compassion and how each of us can promote more compassionate behaviors. Whether it is by our own personal actions or by supporting the efforts of those striving to encourage compassion, we can make the world a better place when we understand that everyone benefits from compassionate behaviors.
    Key Ideas: When we act compassionately, we help others and we help ourselves - Some media literacy
    Character Traits: Compassion - Respect - Caring - Empathy 
    Message and Lesson Plan*

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