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Here are your currently featured materials through December 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.

"I send my gratitude and support for your continuing effort to make the world a better place - one message at a time."

Dr. Rosen, Principal, California

October

Reading List
  • Sticks and Stones

    We've all heard the words "Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words can never hurt me." That's not true, is it? Anyone who has been the victim of harmful gossip knows that — unlike broken bones that will eventually mend — harmful gossip can leave wounds that never completely heal.
    Key Ideas: Harmful gossip - Not participating in gossip
    Character Traits: Respect - Caring - Human dignity
    Message and Lesson Plan*

  • Watch What You Heat

    "Safety is not a gadget but a state of mind." Being mindful of one's safety and the safety of others is a mark of a responsible person.
    Key Ideas: Fire safety - Citizenship
    Character Traits: Responsibility
    Note: Fire Prevention Week is October 7 - October 13, 2018.
    Message and Lesson Plan
    *

  • What Kind of Person Do I Want to Be?
    It's important for all of us, adults and young people alike, to take time to reflect on the principles that will guide our lives, to make a conscious choice as to what kind of person we are going to be. Life can be difficult to navigate. Choosing our principles first can help make the journey easier and more rewarding.
    Key Idea: The importance of choosing in advance the principles that will guide us
    Character Traits: Respect – Responsibility
    Message and Lesson Plan*

  • Mixing It Up
    For some kids, it's a little scary to talk with others they don't know. Mix It Up at Lunch Day is meant to encourage students to overcome their shyness, "mix it up" in the lunchroom, and sit with schoolmates with whom they might not otherwise spend time. They might even make new friends!
    Key Ideas: Being brave enough to sit with someone new at lunch - Making new friends
    Character Traits:
    Respect - Caring - Appreciation - Cooperation
    Note: This message and lesson plan also work well for Mix It Up at Lunch Day.
    Message and Lesson Plan*

  • It Begins With You
    Anger is a natural part of life. In this message and lesson plan, students learn that they can do their part in making the school a safer place by learning to manage their own anger. Students can also learn how to be respectful, patient, and self-controlled and discover healthy ways to control that anger.
    Key Idea: Anger management
    Character Traits: Respect - Patience - Kindness - Self-control
    Message and Lesson Plan*

November

Reading List
  • Say Thanks (Veterans Day)

    Americans enjoy a way of life that many around the world can only dream of. Much of that is due to the sacrifices of our courageous veterans. Veterans Day is a chance for your students to thank those citizens who have given of themselves both in wartime and in peacetime.
    Key Idea: Expressing gratitude to veterans for their service to our nation.
    Character Traits: Respect - Responsibility - Gratitude
    Message and Lesson Plan*

  • What’s in a Name?

    Remembering someone's name may seem like a small gesture, but it can have a big impact. Calling others by their names is an important skill that can help students succeed both at school and in the workplace. These materials will help students understand that remembering the names of others is an act of courtesy that affirms that person's individual value.
    Key Idea: The importance of remembering and calling others by their names
    Character Traits: Respect - Courtesy
    Message and Lesson Plan*

  • Count Your Blessings (Thanksgiving)

    It's easier to pay more attention to what's wrong in our lives than to what's right. This lesson is about considering the importance of keeping a "gratitude attitude" even in the face of challenges.
    Key Ideas: Thanksgiving - Well-being - Choices
    Character Traits: Gratitude - Responsibility - Positive attitude
    Message and Lesson Plan*

  • Living an Ethical Life

    We aren't born knowing how to live an ethical life. It's a skill we develop and then it's a choice we make. Making ethical choices means taking the time to think through the values we believe are important. When we do this in advance, we are better equipped to make the right choices. Students will explore the costs and the benefits of living an ethical life.
    Key Ideas: Ethical literacy - Doing the right thing - Consequences of unethical living - Choices
    Character Trait: Integrity
    Message and Lesson Plan*

December

Reading List
  • Quiet Strength

    We don't hear a great deal about humility today. With so much pressure to succeed, the virtue of humility can get lost. Students will consider the idea that someone who is humble shows strength by appreciating his or her own talents but not boasting about them and that by choosing to be humble, they can discover a quiet strength within themselves.
    Key Ideas: The virtue of humility - Encouraging others
    Character Traits: Humility - Strength - Kindness
    Message and Lesson Plan*

  • The Gift of Encouragement

    When gift-giving becomes a stress and a burden it is time to step back and rethink our intentions. Students explore the notion that some of the most meaningful gifts we ever give or receive cost nothing and mean everything.
    Key Ideas: Gift giving - Encouraging others - Generosity of spirit
    Character Traits: Respect - Caring
    Message and Lesson Plan*

  • No More Whine

    It's so easy to whine and grumble when things aren't exactly the way we want them to be or when we are faced with a problem, but whining can make a situation much worse while making us and those around us unhappy. Students can learn that instead of whining, they can try to focus on what is good in their life and look for  the things for which they can be grateful, or to look for a way to solve the problem.
    Key Ideas: Whining and grumbling - Problem solving
    Character Traits: Gratitude - Positive attitude
    Message and Lesson Plan*


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