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 worksheets, discussion generators, and follow-up activities for academic areas.
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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, social and emotional learning, life skills, or enrichment classes.
- Respecting the Land
There are more than 500 Native American tribes in the United States. This message and corresponding lesson plan focus on the reverence and respect that Native Americans have for the earth, the concept of a "web of life," and making decisions with future generations in mind.
Key Ideas: Environmental protection - Enjoying and respecting nature
Character Traits: Respect - Responsibility
- 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
- Attitude of Gratitude
Most of us have many more present blessings than past misfortunes, but unfortunately, we don’t often stop to consider all the blessings for which we can be grateful. People with an attitude of gratitude live happier lives because they are more focused on what is good and right in their lives.
Key Ideas: Making the choice to focus on one's blessings - Gratitude as an antidote to stress - Media literacy
Character Traits: Gratitude - Self-awareness - Self-control
- 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
In today’s world, too many of us spend far too much time worrying about how to get more and better things. Students stop to consider that it's easy to get stressed when we forget what's truly important — enjoying what we have with the people we love. Tips for dealing with stress.
Key Ideas: Dealing with stress - Materialism
Character Traits: Love - Caring - Gratitude
Additional Broadcast Messages with Lesson Plans
> Calendar Events
> Life Skills/Pressing Issues