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
- Respecting the Land
Part of the Native American culture is a deep respect for the land, air, and water. What we do today to the environment will affect future generations. Students will explore some of the heritage and culture of the Native American people and how we can draw upon their wisdom to help protect our environment.
Key Ideas: Respecting the earth - Reducing, reusing, recycling
Character Traits: Respect - Responsibility - Cooperation
- Four-leaf Clovers
Some of the "luckiest" people you will ever meet are not lucky at all. They simply set goals, work hard, and reap the natural consequences of all their effort. Students consider the idea that they can make the decision to work hard to reach their goals rather than counting on luck.
Key Ideas: Work ethic - Luck versus hard work - Hard work and success
Character Traits: Responsibility - Diligence
- Create an Attitude of Gratitude
Thanksgiving is an opportunity to foster and share a sense of gratitude. When we consider the struggles the pilgrims faced, the fact that they set aside a day of thanks becomes all the more meaningful. These materials will help your students consider the benefits of counting their blessings, particularly during difficult times.
Key Ideas: Remembering our blessings - Being grateful for the good in our lives even during difficult times - Thanksgiving
Character Traits: Gratitude - Appreciation
- Directing Your Own Life
Every time students act responsibly, they earn more trust. With that trust usually comes more freedom to choose. Being trustworthy can mean making some tough short-term choices, but long-term, it can mean having greater control over one's future. Students explore the idea that the benefits of making responsible decisions far outweigh the costs.
Key Ideas: Taking responsibility for one's choices and actions - Taking responsibility builds trust which can create more freedom in our lives.
Character Traits: Personal responsibility - Trustworthiness
- The Gift of Empathy
Having empathy means that we can understand and care about what other people are feeling. With this message and lesson plan, students will consider the idea that empathy can be a gift when we put it to work to help others in need.
Key Ideas: Empathy - Turning empathy into action to help others - Bullying
Character Traits: Caring - Kindness – Helpfulness
- Get Creative
For many of us, the holidays have become too stressful and too commercial when this should be a time for some recreation, which literally means "to create anew." These materials encourage students (as well as teachers) to find relaxing and creative ways to enjoy the holidays.
Key Idea: Winter holidays - Creativity as recreation
Character Traits: Respect - Responsibility
- Town Mouse/Country Mouse
No matter how hard we try to make the holidays stress-free, there will be moments over the holiday season when students, parents, or other family members get stressed out. In the well-known Aesop's fable, Town Mouse is far too concerned with wanting more and better and forgets that what's truly important is enjoying what we have with the people we love. Great springboard for some meaningful dialogue. Tips for dealing with stress.
Key Ideas: Holiday stress - Focusing on family
Character Traits: Love - Caring
Additional Messages with Lesson Plans
> Calendar Events
> Life Skills/Pressing Issues