Project Wisdom Character Education and SEL.

Helping Students Make Wiser Choices

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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.

If you will be using our weekly or monthly themes, remember that these materials may or may not fit into those themes. We feature these materials for campuses who are not using the themes or as an alternative for materials featured in the themes.


  • I'm Listening

    It's important that we learn to listen to one another in order to build successful relationships at school, at home, and in the community. Active listening is an acquired skill. When we listen deeply to one another, we convey respect and caring and make the world a better place to be.
    Key Idea: Active listening
    Character Traits: Respect - Civility - Caring
    Message and Lesson Plan*

  • Matters of the Art

    An exciting part of the educational process can be discovering the artist inside. Making art can help students develop confidence, patience, critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
    Key Ideas: Creativity - Critical thinking - Understanding self and others
    Character Traits: Self-discipline - Confidence - Self-awareness
    Message and Lesson Plan*

  • Clean and Bright

    We view the world through many windows, one of which is our conscience. When we make caring, honest, and responsible choices, our conscience is clear and we are better able to navigate our way to a more successful life. Students explore the meaning of the word "conscience" and the benefits of a clear conscience.
    Key Idea: A clear conscience allows us to see things more clearly and to make wiser choices.
    Character Traits: Caring - Honesty - Responsibility
    Message and Lesson Plan*

  • Good Investing

    When people make financial investments, they do so expecting to make a profit, but making an investment isn't always about money. Students consider that people can get rich by making wise financial investments, but people can also greatly enrich their lives by investing goodness in their homes, schools, and communities.
    Key Idea: Goodness is an investment that never fails.
    Character Traits: Caring - Generosity
    Message and Lesson Plan*


  • Planting for the Future

    Arbor Day began out of one man's vision for planting trees on a Nebraska prairie and the tradition is continued over 140 years later across our country. Students will consider the importance of continuing the Arbor Day tradition and recognizing the positive impact that just one caring and responsible person can have in our world.
    Key Ideas: Planting trees for the future - Conservation - Arbor Day
    Character Traits: Responsibility - Citizenship
    Message and Lesson Plan*

  • Honestly

    Thomas Jefferson once wrote that "Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom." Our students deserve all the benefits that come from living an honest life and from making wise choices. It's essential that they learn to understand the importance of being honest with themselves and with others. Choosing to live an honest life will help them achieve true success.
    Key Ideas: True success in life requires honesty with self and others.
    Character Traits: Honesty - Integrity - Citizenship - Trustworthiness
    Message and Lesson Plan*

  • Catching a Thief

    Students will examine the costs to themselves and others if they choose to steal, even if they are not caught. They will consider the fact that those who steal are gambling with their own future and robbing themselves of dignity, honor, and integrity as well as a clean conscience. The message and lesson plan also explore the concept of good character as a valuable asset to possess and how that is lost when someone steals.
    Key Ideas: The implications of stealing - Good character is a valuable asset to possess
    Character Traits: Honesty - Integrity - Dignity
    Message and Lesson Plan*

  • Be True to Yourself

    It takes moral courage for students to stay true to themselves by not participating in activities that go against their personal values, especially when they are afraid of being ridiculed or rejected. Being true to themselves is much easier when they know who they are and what they stand for.
    Key Ideas: Doing what's right is easier when we know what we stand for
    Character Traits: Moral courage - Self-awareness - Integrity
    Message and Lesson Plan*

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