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Here are your currently featured materials through March 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.

February

  • Understand the Past: Black History Month

    Knowing and appreciating the struggles and successes of those who came before us helps us to better understand and appreciate the freedoms and privileges we enjoy today. These materials help students understand the importance of examining the lives of famous African-Americans so we can be inspired and learn from them.
    Key Ideas: Learning from the past - Celebrating the lives of African-Americans
    Character Traits:
    Responsibility - Respect - Citizenship
    Message and Lesson Plan*

  • Doing One's Best

    (Abraham Lincoln's Birthday, Feb 12th)
    Imagine a world where people simply did as they pleased all the time and felt no duty to excel at school, at work, or in their relationships. Abraham Lincoln once wrote that "a duty to strive is the duty of us all." Students consider the idea that we each have a responsibility to ourselves and to others to strive to do our very best.
    Key Idea: Striving to do one's best
    Character Traits: Responsibility - Human excellence
    Message and Lesson Plan*

  • Helping: A Winning Tradition

    Americans are some of the most generous people in the world. Students take a look at the great American tradition of giving to those in need, and consider ways they can carry on this tradition. They also consider the notion that when we help others, we give ourselves the gift of knowing that we have done something good and honorable.
    Key Ideas: Helping others - Charitable giving - The privilege of giving
    Character Traits: Respect - Generosity - Caring
    Message and Lesson Plan*

  • A Force for Good

    When you hold onto a grudge, you are unwilling to forgive. Forgiveness does not mean that you forget what happened or deny the other person's responsibility in what happened. Students explore the notion that love and forgiveness can turn anger, bitterness, and resentment into a force for good, for themselves and for others.
    Key Ideas: Turning an enemy into a friend - Holding onto grudges
    Character Traits: Respect - Love - Forgiveness
    Message and Lesson Plan*


March

  • 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:
    Optimism
    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*

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