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Here are your currently featured materials through April 2019.

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.


  • Expecting the Best

    Some research indicates that there is a connection between optimism, self-esteem, happiness, and health. Keeping a positive attitude is easier for some of us than others, but we can choose to express ourselves in a more positive way while doing our best to replace negative thoughts with positive ones.
    Key Ideas: The power of positive thinking - Consequences of negative thinking
    Character Trait:
    Note: This message and lesson plan work well for Optimism Month in March.
    Message and Lesson Plan*

  • The Road Ahead

    Every day we make choices, and every choice comes with a consequence. A wise person strives to make good decisions, decisions that will reap the best outcomes. A stubborn or unaware person will continually make unwise choices, and in the process, he or she will live a life less fortunate than that of the wiser one.
    Key Ideas: Choices - Consequences
    Character Traits:
    Responsibility - Self-discipline
    Message and Lesson Plan*

  • Why Be Jealous?

    We can all feel jealous at some point in our lives. Sometimes it's because we feel left out or we feel that we don't have the advantages that others seem to have. The good news is that it's possible to overcome jealousy by focusing on our own talents and goals. Students consider the personal costs of jealousy and how it can be overcome.
    Key Ideas: Understanding and overcoming jealousy - Focusing on talents and goals
    Character Traits:
    Self-respect - Resilience
    Message and Lesson Plan*

  • Never Enough

    We all want to have nice things, and many of us want to improve our standard of living someday. That's all very normal, but some of us can never seem to get enough. Students examine the implications of greed on themselves and society and consider gratitude as an antidote to greed.
    Key Ideas: Overcoming greed - Gratitude as an antidote to greed
    Character Traits:
    Respect - Responsibility - Prudence
    Message and Lesson Plan*


  • Power to Change

    Making changes in behavior or breaking a habit is never easy. However, there are people who can help us change for the better, because sometimes we need someone else to come along beside us and show us the way. In the end, though, we have to be the ones to make the changes ourselves.
    Key Idea: We each have within us the power to change for the better.
    Character Traits: Self-respect - Responsibility
    Message and Lesson Plan*

  • Brave Hearts
    Moral courage requires that we act upon the principles in which we believe, while being conscious of the risks involved. Moral courage can be encouraged and taught by example and by practice. Learning to have the courage of one's convictions is an important part of creating a life that is both successful and meaningful.
    Key Idea: Acting upon core ethical values often requires moral courage.
    Character Traits: Courage - Kindness - Honesty - Citizenship
    Message and Lesson Plan*
  • Let Nature Be Your Teacher
    Students consider the wisdom that can be gained from observation of our natural world. They also examine the values we need if we are going to successfully protect our environment.
    Key Ideas: Understanding the values needed to protect the earth - Lessons learned from nature
    Character Traits: Caring - Respect - Responsibility
    Message and Lesson Plan*
  • Leading the Way
    Great leaders are those who inspire others to reach their goal. They must show good character while helping others to have confidence in their own skills. Young people can be leaders in our school, community, and country. Students will take a look at the character traits needed to be a good leader as well as considering their own potential leadership skills.
    Key Ideas: Becoming a good leader - Leading with strong character
    Character Traits: Responsibility - Citizenship - Perseverance
    Message and Lesson Plan*
  • Choosing Honesty
    Cheating in school or other activities is never honorable. By choosing to be an honorable person, the decision has already been made not to cheat. Students who choose to cheat may find it easy at first but there are short- and long-term negative consequences if they are caught. Students will consider these consequences and the loss of self-respect whether they are caught or not.
    Key Ideas: Choosing not to cheat - Being honorable
    Character Traits: Honesty - Integrity
    Message and Lesson Plan*

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