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Plan Ahead: Weekly Featured Messages with Lesson Plans


Here's what you can expect through October 2019.

You can choose to implement the Project Wisdom supplemental 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 here and in the Just For You email to educators who are registered on our Website with a current subscription.

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.

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 (last 2 weeks of month)

  • Going Back to the Future

    It's been said that remembering the past gives power to the present. Students have the opportunity to reflect on both the mistakes and the successes of the past school year so they can learn from these experiences and be empowered to set new goals for the upcoming school year.
    Key Ideas: Learning from past mistakes - Memory and learning - Reflection
    Character Traits: Responsibility - Wisdom

  • Playing by the Rules

    It's a new school year and it's time to talk about the rules. Rules help us maintain order, fairness, and safety. Most rules are established for an excellent reason and are intended to benefit the whole community. Students explore the rationale for rules, responsible ways to challenge rules, and the need to follow rules as responsible members of society.
    Key Ideas: Rationale for rules - Following rules for the benefit of self and others - Golden Rules
    Character Traits: Responsibility - Citizenship


  • Instant Mean

    Most young people today spend a great deal of time using technology. They text messages to friends and upload photos and videos to social media. Unfortunately, these helpful tools are being used for cyberbullying, which is as hurtful and damaging as any other kind of bullying, and sometimes worse because of the bully's anonymity.
    Key Ideas: Cyberbullying - Using technology to bully others
    Character Traits: Respect - Responsibility

  • Paying Attention to What We See and Hear

    Most young people today spend a great deal of time using technology, including texting friends and uploading photos and videos to social media. Unfortunately, these tools are being used for cyberbullying, which is as hurtful and damaging as any other kind of bullying, and sometimes worse because of the bully's anonymity.
    Key Ideas: Media literacy - Critical thinking
    Character Traits: Responsibility - Discernment

  • Hope of Liberty

    Constitution Day, September 17th, is a good opportunity for students to reflect on the hard work and dedication of our Founding Fathers who created the U.S. Constitution. The men showed perseverance, responsibility, cooperation, and commitment. Students consider the idea that a democracy must have future generations who are willing to cultivate these character traits in order to thrive and remain free.
    Key Ideas: Constitution Day - The necessity of strong character in our public servants - Constitutional freedoms - Active citizenship
    Character Traits: Responsibility - Loyalty - Respect

  • When I Do Good I Feel Good

    Students look at the connection between doing good and feeling good, doing bad and feeling bad. This is a great opportunity to discuss the importance of personal rules of conduct.
    Key Ideas: Rules of conduct - Ethical behavior - Doing what's right - Self-esteem
    Character Traits: Respect - Responsibility - Caring - Integrity - Citizenship

  • The Little Engine that Could

    Students revisit The Little Engine That Could, who understood something very important: What we think upon grows inside us.
    Key Ideas: Positive thinking - Attitudes affect the outcome - Overcoming challenges
    Character Traits: Positive attitude - Perseverance - Courage


  • Rich Man/Poor Man

    It's been said that the best things in life aren't things at all. Students explore the concept that money and possessions do not buy happiness and that success cannot be measured by the things we own.
    Key Ideas: Quality of life - Materialism - Priorities - Successful living
    Character Traits: Self-respect - Love - Kindness

  • Each One Matters

    Many people around the world and in our own communities don’t have enough to eat each day. Students will consider the idea that we can strive to end a global hunger by taking small local steps. They are also reminded that while they may not be able to help everyone who is hungry, they can help feed one.
    Key Idea: Helping the hungry
    Character Traits: Responsibility - Compassion

  • One of a Kind

    Knowing one's special gifts adds tremendous meaning and success to one's life and helps one become more respectful of the uniqueness of others. Many young people don't like the very thing about themselves that makes them one of a kind. Students consider the idea that they can learn to appreciate their individuality and that of others, as well.
    Key Idea: As we grow in our own uniqueness, we learn to respect the uniqueness of others.
    Character Traits: Respect - Tolerance - Individuality

  • The Courage to Say No

    Just saying "no" isn't always easy, even when we know it's what we should say. It can take courage to say "no" to drugs, and the best place to get a little courage is from a "wise encourager." Students explore the concept of courage and how encouragement literally means "to give courage to."
    Key Ideas: Having the courage to say no to illegal drugs - Finding encouragement to say no
    Character Traits: Respect - Responsibility - Courage

Additional Messages with Lesson Plans

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