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Messages and Plans: Weekly Featured 2020 - 2021

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Below please find materials that will be featured through June 2021. 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. This option will no longer be available after June.

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.

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 Black Americans so we can be inspired and learn from them.
    Key Idea: Learning from the past - Celebrating the lives of Black Americans
    Character Traits: Responsibility - Appreciation - Citizenship
    Message and Lesson Plan*

  • Going to the Trouble

    Being a person with strong character means being a person who goes to the trouble of doing what's right instead of doing what's easy, and that's not always convenient. In honor of Inconvenience Yourself Day, students are encouraged to take time to step outside of themselves and commit a random act of kindness by doing something special for someone else.
    Key Idea: Going to the trouble of being a person with character - Thinking of others
    Character Traits: Respect - Responsibility - Honesty - Kindness - Courtesy - Caring - Empathy
    Message and Lesson Plan*

  • A Hero's Character

    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 Idea: "Sully" Sullenberger - Fame and popularity fade, but character endures - Heroes
    Character Traits: Respect - Responsibility - Humility - Ethics
    Message and Lesson Plan*

  • Birds of a Feather

    George Washington was a great leader who understood how peers influence us, for better or for worse. He also understood the need to treat one another with civility and respect. With this special message and lesson plan, students explore the notion that choosing friends wisely is very important.
    Key Idea: Our friends can influence our choices - Choosing friends with good character
    Character Traits: Respect - Responsibility - Honesty - Kindness
    Note: This message and lesson plan work well for George Washington's birthday.
    Message and Lesson Plan*

March

  • Adapting to Change

    Students live in a rapidly-changing world. It's important to stop from time to time and think about the impact change has on us and consider how we deal with change. With the right attitude toward change, students can let every change help them become better and more successful human beings.
    Key Idea: Learning to adapt to change is an important 21st century life skill
    Character Traits: Flexibility - Adaptability - Resiliency
    Message and Lesson Plan*

  • Brainy Stuff

    Would you ever deliberately download a virus to your computer? Of course not. The human brain is more awesome than any computer man has made, yet we sometimes treat it with less respect than we do our computers.
    Key Ideas: Taking care of and protecting the human brain
    Character Traits: Self-respect - Responsibility
    Note: This message and lesson plan also work well for Brain Awareness Week.
    Message and Lesson Plan*

  • Books Take You Places

    Reading can take students to places they may never experience firsthand and introduce them to all types of people and characters that they may never encounter in real life. Students are encouraged to discover the pure joy of recreational reading by turning off the television and the video games and picking up a good book.
    Key Ideas: Enriching one's life with recreational reading - Reading as a way to experience new places and people
    Character Traits: Self-respect - Responsibility
    Note: This message and lesson plan also work well for Read Across America Day which is usually observed on the first Monday in March.
    Message and Lesson Plan*

  • May I Help?

    Imagine a world where human beings weren't serving each other in big ways and small ways each and every day. Serving others is the way we give back to our families, schools, communities and our nation for all the help and support we have received. Students consider that great human beings are helpful human beings.
    Key Ideas: Asking an essential question: What am I doing for others? - Volunteering
    Character Traits: Helpfulness - Service to others - Self-reflection
    Message and Lesson Plan*

  • Staying on Task

    Plato said, "The first and best victory is to conquer self." Learning to stay on task can be a difficult skill for any of us to master. This message and corresponding lesson plan will encourage students to examine the power that can be achieved through self-control.
    Key Idea: The importance of learning to focus and pay attention
    Character Traits: Self-responsibility - Self-control - Discipline
    Message and Lesson Plan*

April

  • Civil Discourse

    Our democracy depends on responsible citizens who have the courage to discuss difficult issues in respectful ways. As unpleasant as a debate may become, without respectful debates about important issues there would be no progress in the affairs of government. Students will explore the notion that disrespectful discourse blocks resolution to common challenges, while civil discourse encourages it.
    Key Ideas: Democracy depends upon civil discourse - Respectful disagreement drives improvements and progress in a civil society
    Character Traits: Respect - Civility
    Message and Lesson Plan*

  • Life Condensed

    When our emotions and thoughts are condensed into words chosen for their sound, rhyme, or rhythm, the result is poetry. Reading, writing, and sharing poetry can help us gain self-awareness, as well as increase our awareness of how others think and feel. Through this process, we can discover amazing things about ourselves, our purpose, and our character.
    Key Idea: Poetry as a means of gaining a better understanding of ourselves and others.
    Character Traits: Respect - Empathy - Understanding - Self-awareness
    Message and Lesson Plan*

  • Rainy Days

    You are never too young to learn to save money for the rainy days of life. Life is unpredictable and we never know when we will be faced with a challenge that requires some money to resolve. Students explore the benefits of making a lifelong habit of saving money.
    Key Ideas: The importance of saving money - Financial literacy - Personal financial education
    Character Traits: Responsibility - Trustworthiness - Gratitude
    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 almost 150 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*


May

  • Simple Kindness

    Consider all the bad situations in our world and in our lives that might completely go away -  disappear - if everyone involved would show some simple kindness toward one another. There will always be mean-spirited and uncaring people in the world, but we can help reduce the pain caused by such behavior by showing simple kindness to those around us.
    Key Idea: Kindness as an antidote to bullying and mean-spirited teasing
    Character Traits: Kindness - Respect - Tolerance
    Note: This message and lesson plan also work well for either World Kindness Week or Random Acts of Kindness Week.
    Message and Lesson Plan*

  • Helper's High

    Research indicates there are real health and emotional benefits when we are generous with our time, energy, and money. The brain actually produces "feel good" chemicals which then create what's called a "helper's high." Students explore the idea that giving can be as good for the giver as it is for the receiver.
    Key Idea: Research shows that when we help others we are healthier and happier.
    Character Traits: Helpfulness - Generosity - Kindness
    Message and Lesson Plan*

  • Armed Forces Day: Preserving Our Freedoms (third Saturday of each May)
    In honor of Armed Forces Day, students are encouraged to do something to honor those who protect and preserve our freedom. With this broadcast message and lesson plan, students reflect on those who serve in America's armed forces and explore ways to honor them.
    Key Ideas: Honoring those who preserve our freedom - Saying thanks to those who serve in the Armed Forces
    Character Traits: Caring - Citizenship - Respect - Gratitude
    Message and Lesson Plan*
  • Mighty Powerful
    Lao-Tzu once wrote that: "The person who conquers others is strong, but the person who conquers himself is mighty." If students want to live a truly successful life, they need to learn how to control their negative emotions. Students consider the benefits of developing self-control and explore some techniques.
    Key Idea: Learning self-control is an important attribute for a successful life.
    Character Traits: Self-control - Respect
    Message and Lesson Plan*
  • Elders in a High-tech World
    Sometimes it's hard to imagine our world without the Internet, cell phones, and tablets. However, that's the world that some older people face because they don't have access to or don't know how to use the modern technology that we use every day. Students consider the idea of teaching older people how to use modern technology and also consider that they can learn from their elders.
    Key Ideas: Helping elders learn about new technology - Respecting our elders
    Character Traits: Responsibility - Citizenship
    Note: This message and lesson plan also work well for Older Americans Month (May).
    Message and Lesson Plan*

June

  • Summer Choices

    Summer vacation is just around the corner which means, for most students, more free time and more choices about how to fill that time. Students are encouraged to choose wisely so they will come back next fall a little bit older and a little bit wiser.
    Key Ideas: Summer vacation - Choices come with natural consequences - Choosing to spend time wisely
    Character Traits: Responsibility - Wisdom
    Message and Lesson Plan*

  • Dancing with the Stars

    Summer break is fast approaching. It's hard to believe, isn't it? Summer usually means more physical activity, more opportunities to get out and move our bodies by swimming, water skiing, biking, or hiking. These are all fun ways to get fit, but there's another way to get moving that can be a lot more fun — dancing!
    Key Ideas: Physical fitness - Getting fit with dancing
    Character Traits: Self-respect - Self-responsibility
    Note: This message and lesson plan also work well for Physical Fitness Month in May.
    Message and Lesson Plan*

Additional Broadcast Messages with Lesson Plans

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