Weekly Featured Messages with Lesson Plans
Here's what you can expect through September 2018.
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 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. 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)
- Clean Slate
Every school year students are confronted with a choice. Will it be a year like the last, or can they learn from past mistakes and make it even better? What will they choose to write on their clean slate?
Key Idea: Getting a fresh start
Character Traits: Respect - Responsibility - Positive attitude - Perseverance
- The Benefits of Hard Work
Each day honorable people across America get up and go to work. Students will discuss all the many different types of jobs in the community, jobs that make their lives easier. Fun activities are included for all grades on campus. Great book recommendations that deal with jobs, careers, and the benefits of hard work.
Key Ideas: All honest work should be respected. We benefit each day from the work of others.
Character Traits: Respect - Gratitude - Trustworthiness
- Wisdom from Our Elders
One of our nation's greatest resources is the wisdom of those who have walked farther down the path of life, but sadly, we don't always foster relationships between our young people and the elderly. This message and corresponding lesson plan will help students better understand how they can benefit from the wisdom of those who have a link to the past.
Key Ideas: Honoring those who can teach us - Respecting elderly citizens
Character Traits: Respect - Caring
Note: This message and lesson plan work well for Grandparents’ Day.
- Learning to Learn
Learning how to study not only helps students become better learners, it can help them become better people. This message and lesson plan provide students with the opportunity to consider all the great benefits that come with learning strong study skills.
Key Ideas: Being a successful student requires strong study skills - Learning how to study
Character Traits: Responsibility - Self-discipline
- Extraordinary Possibilities
On this day when the nation pauses to consider the significance of the U.S. Constitution, students have the opportunity to consider two important notions: 1) they live in one of the freest and most prosperous nations in the world, and 2) it is a nation full of extraordinary possibilities created by ordinary people.
Key Ideas: Democratic process - Power of each individual voter - Civic duty
Character Traits: Responsibility – Citizenship
Note: This message and lesson plan work well for Constitution Day: September 17.
- Finding the Dream
Hispanic Heritage Month is time for celebrating the achievements of Hispanic-Americans. Vice Admiral Antonia Novello is one such American. She was the first woman and the first Hispanic Surgeon General of the United States. Based on her advice to young people, students explore the contributions of Hispanic-Americans and the character traits required to achieve the American Dream.
Key Ideas: Achievement of Antonia Novello - Setting goals - Diversity
Character Traits: Responsibility - Positive work ethic
Additional Messages with Lesson Plans
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