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Here are your currently featured materials through November 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. The choice is yours.

These tools work really well for weekly advisory, character education, life skills, or enrichment classes.

There are several ways you can implement this 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 minutes and ask students to complete the worksheet.
  • Take 30 minutes or more and choose one of the outstanding follow-up activities written for each academic area.

. . . The choice is yours.

"Students seem to relate to the material. In Junior High, a favorite question is 'Why do we have to learn this?' With these topics, that's a no-brainer!"

Mary, Middle School Teacher - Pennsylvania

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.


  • 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.
    Message and Lesson Plan*

"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

  • 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
    Message and Lesson Plan*

  • 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.
    Message and Lesson Plan*

  • 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
    Message and Lesson Plan*


  • 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 Will I 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
    A Cherokee folktale helps students understand that we all have good and bad qualities inside us, and each of us can choose which qualities to develop and which qualities to try to overcome. Choosing to "feed" the bad qualities may lead to a life filled with unhappiness and perhaps even violence. Students explore the notion that violence prevention begins within each individual.
    Key Idea: Violence prevention begins inside each of us - We each choose whether or not to cultivate or overcome our negative qualities
    Character Traits: Respect - Responsibility - Integrity
    Message and Lesson Plan*


  • 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*

Additional Messages with Lesson Plans

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