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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.

April

  • 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*

May

  • Elders in 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 citizens 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 elderly people how to use modern technology and also consider that they can learn from their elders.
    Key Ideas: Young people teaching the elderly to use new technology - Learning from our elders
    Character Traits: Responsibility - Citizenship
    Note: This message and lesson plan also work well for Older Americans Month (May).
    Message and Lesson Plan*

  • Brown v. Board of Education

    May 17th is the anniversary of one of the most important Supreme Court decisions ever made. Students explore the meaning and the impact of Brown versus the Board of Education and how they can apply the lessons of this landmark case to their own lives.
    Key Ideas: Anniversary of Brown versus the Board of Education (May 17) - Recognizing kindness - Golden Rule
    Character Traits: Kindness - Compassion - Humanity - Fairness - Self-respect
    Message and Lesson Plan*

  • Fallen Heroes

    Memorial Day is much more than just a three-day holiday or the beginning of the summer season. This national holiday is an important reminder of the sacrifices made by brave men and women in uniform who lost their lives in service to our nation. Students discuss the meaning of the Memorial Day holiday and how they can honor our fallen heroes.
    Key Ideas: Memorial Day - Gratitude for the freedoms we enjoy as Americans
    Character Traits: Respect – Gratitude
    Message and Lesson Plan*

  • Rivers Run Through It

    Like many things in nature, a river can teach us a great lesson. It triumphs every time. It just keeps going despite the challenges, obstacles, and barriers. There will always be barriers in life, stumbling blocks along the way. How we deal with those challenges can greatly determine our success or failure in life.
    Key Ideas: Overcoming challenges - Encouragement
    Character Traits: Perseverance - Commitment – Determination
    Message and Lesson Plan*

June

  • Beyond the Moment

    Hopping from one fleeting moment of immediate gratification to the next can lead us into a very shallow and meaningless life, without any enduring sense of happiness. Reading a good book can provide a long-lasting sense of satisfaction and has a long-lasting payoff. Students are encouraged to read over the summer break.
    Key Idea: Reading as a lifelong habit that can foster "enduring happiness"
    Character Traits: Responsibility - Caring
    Message and Lesson Plan*

  • Cloud Watching

    Reflection is a key component of character development. Students are encouraged to spend some time this summer watching the clouds go by and reflecting on the kind of person they are and the kind of person they want to become.
    Key Idea: The importance of reflection for character development
    Character Traits: Self-respect - Responsibility
    Message and Lesson Plan*

  • Good Sport

    Sports events provide great opportunities to enjoy the spirit of competition while practicing the Golden Rule. Students consider that whether their team is winning or losing the game, they can be winners by simply being fair and courteous human beings. When they practice good sportsmanship, they always win.
    Key Ideas: Good sportsmanship - Sports events
    Character Traits: Respect - Courtesy - Civility
    Message and Lesson Plan*

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