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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.

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*

  • 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: Hurtful teasing - Unfairness - Creating more peace in our homes, schools, and communities
    Character Traits: Responsibility - Self-management
    Message and Lesson Plan*

March

  • 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*

  • That's Not Fair!

    We are all guilty of saying "That's not fair," but sometimes when we think we are being treated unfairly, the truth is, we are not. Before blaming others for treating us unfairly—and therefore being unfair to them—it's important to consider carefully what really happened. Students explore the costs and benefits of being fair-minded.
    Key Ideas: Treating others with the same fairness we expect - Golden Rule
    Character Traits: Respect - Fairness - Caring - Honesty - Personal 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*

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