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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.

November

  • Respecting the Land

    There are more than 500 Native American tribes in the United States. This message and corresponding lesson plan focus on the reverence and respect that Native Americans have for the earth, the concept of a "web of life," and making decisions with future generations in mind.
    Key Ideas: Environmental protection - Enjoying and respecting nature
    Character Traits: Respect - Responsibility
    Message and Lesson Plan*

  • Four-leaf Clovers

    Some of the "luckiest" people you will ever meet are not lucky at all. They simply set goals, work hard, and reap the natural consequences of all their effort. Students consider the idea that they can make the decision to work hard to reach their goals rather than counting on luck.
    Key Ideas: Work ethic - Luck versus hard work - Hard work and success
    Character Traits: Responsibility - Diligence
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  • Attitude of Gratitude

    Most of us have many more present blessings than past misfortunes, but unfortunately, we don’t often stop to consider all the blessings for which we can be grateful. People with an attitude of gratitude live happier lives because they are more focused on what is good and right in their lives.
    Key Idea: Making the choice to focus on one's blessings - Gratitude as an antidote to stress - Media literacy
    Character Traits: Gratitude - Self-awareness - Self-control
    Message and Lesson Plan*

  • Directing Your Own Life

    Every time students act responsibly, they earn more trust. With that trust usually comes more freedom to choose. Being trustworthy can mean making some tough short-term choices, but long-term, it can mean having greater control over one's future. Students explore the idea that the benefits of making responsible decisions far outweigh the costs.
    Key Ideas: Taking responsibility for one's choices and actions - Taking responsibility builds trust which can create more freedom in our lives.
    Character Traits: Personal responsibility - Trustworthiness
    Message and Lesson Plan*

December

  • The Gift of Empathy

    Having empathy means that we can understand and care about what other people are feeling. With this message and lesson plan, students will consider the idea that empathy can be a gift when we put it to work to help others in need.
    Key Ideas: Empathy - Turning empathy into action to help others - Bullying
    Character Traits: Caring - Kindness – Helpfulness
    Message and Lesson Plan*

  • Get Creative

    For many of us, the holidays have become too stressful and too commercial when this should be a time for some recreation, which literally means "to create anew." These materials encourage students (as well as teachers) to find relaxing and creative ways to enjoy the holidays.
    Key Ideas: Winter holidays - Creativity as recreation
    Character Traits: Respect - Responsibility
    Message and Lesson Plan*

  • Town Mouse/Country Mouse

    In today’s world, too many of us spend far too much time worrying about how to get more and better things. Students stop to consider that it's easy to get stressed when we forget what's truly important — enjoying what we have with the people we love. Tips for dealing with stress.
    Key Ideas: Dealing with stress - Materialism
    Character Traits: Love - Caring - Gratitude
    Message and Lesson Plan*

January

  • Healthy and Happy

    Many of our students are not eating right or getting enough exercise. One of the best ways to help young people get fit is to include the entire family. January is National Family Fitness Month which is a great time for students to stop to consider ways they and their families can help each other eat healthier food and get fit.
    Key Ideas: Family fitness - Keeping resolutions
    Character Traits: Self-discipline - Respect - Responsibility
    Note: This message and lesson plan work well for National Family Fitness Month in January.
    Message and Lesson Plan*

  • A Hero's Character

    On January 15, 2009, Captain "Sully" Sullenberger landed a crippled plane on the Hudson River and saved the lives of 154 passengers. He is known as a man of strong character and has been hailed a hero for his actions. People of good character make positive impacts on our world every day. Students consider that every time someone acts with honor, integrity, and caring, our world is better for it.
    Key Ideas: "Sully" Sullenberger - Fame and popularity fade, but character endures - Heroes
    Character Traits: Respect - Responsibility - Humility - Ethics - Citizenship
    Message and Lesson Plan*

  • Did You Do That On Purpose?

    Life can be so random at times. It can be confusing and challenging. For life to make sense, it has to have meaning. It has to have purpose, and having purpose in our lives is something we choose because when we do anything on purpose, we do it deliberately. Students explore the importance of choosing a worthy purpose in their lives.
    Key Ideas: Deliberately choosing positive actions - Goal setting - Self-absorption
    Character Traits: Respect - Responsibility
    Note: This message and lesson plan also work well for National Be On Purpose Month: January.
    Message and Lesson Plan*

  • Winning Hearts

    This message and plan are written to honor International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Jan. 27, but do not directly discuss the horrors of the Holocaust, which would be inappropriate for this age group. Materials focus instead on the unfairness of treating others unkindly because of differences. Students explore how fairness and kindness create more peace in our homes, schools, and communities.
    Key Ideas: Hurtful teasing - Unfairness - Creating more peace in our homes, schools, and communities
    Character Traits: Respect - Kindness - Fairness
    Note: This message and lesson plan is appropriate for any event that memorializes the Holocaust.
    Message and Lesson Plan*

  • Remembering the Holocaust

    This lesson was inspired by the Paper Clips Project, a school project created in memory of holocaust victims. Students will explore the consequences of injustice, prejudices and apathy, and consider how they as individuals can make a difference.
    Key Ideas: Human rights - Making a difference
    Character Traits: Respect - Responsibility - Tolerance - Dignity
    Note: This message and lesson plan is appropriate for any event that memorializes the Holocaust.
    Message and Lesson Plan*

February

  • Just Ask

    Asking for help can be intimidating. This message and lesson plan remind students that school counselors are an important resource when they are facing a challenge, whether it is a scheduling issue, a problem at home, or a career choice. This content emphasizes the importance of talking to trusted adults, like school counselors, as a way of solving problems more effectively.
    Key Ideas: Asking school counselors for help - Asking for help can be difficult
    Character Traits: Responsibility - Respect - Confidence
    Note: This message and lesson plan work well for National School Counseling Week (February 3-7, 2020).
    Message and Lesson Plan*

  • Diversity (Black History Month)

    America is like a colorful tapestry and each of us can weave something important into the fabric of our country. In honor of Black History Month, students will consider the notion that the more we learn about one another, the more we discover our commonalities, and in doing so, we help make our diverse nation stronger.
    Key Ideas: Celebrating African-Americans - Strength in diversity
    Character Traits: Respect - Understanding - Empathy
    Message and Lesson Plan*

  • A Heart for Animals

    Sometimes it seems hard to imagine that one person can make a difference in the lives of abused and neglected animals. However, caring young people can help in many ways. Students take a look at ways to help homeless, abused, and neglected animals and consider how caring for animals is one way they can learn to be a caring and responsible person.
    Key Ideas: Showing kindness toward animals - Helping abused or neglected animals
    Character Traits: Compassion - Responsibility
    Message and Lesson Plan*

  • You're Not the Boss of Me

    One of the hardest things about being a teenager is having to bite your tongue when you want to say, "Hey, you're not the boss of me!" But the truth is, until you learn how to "boss yourself," somebody has to do the job or you might be making some truly unwise decisions.
    Key Ideas: Choices - Authority - Freedom
    Character Traits: Responsibility - Self-management
    Message and Lesson Plan*

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