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First graders see Mrs. Clark every week for a Counselor Lesson.  Each week, I will post the title of the Counselor Lesson and post supporting documents, if helpful to you, on this site. My weekly calendar (top right hand corner of this webpage) will give you details of what lesson is being covered in your child's classroom each week and the Roosevelt Round-Up (PTA newsletter) will also periodically give you more information.  Let me know if you need more information or have feedback on my lessons.

Lesson 1: Who is Your School Counselor? We made a color-book about who is the school counselor and what I will be doing with them this year!  Mrs. Clark LISTENS to us when we need to TALK or if we have a QUESTION, she is there to HELP. What are Potato Points - our rules for listening!  With the use of our Mr. Potato Head doll as a reminder - we discussed what good listening "looks like": eyes on the speaker, hands to ourselves, raising our hand to speak, bringing our thinking caps with our ideas and good sharing, ears for listening to others, mouth closed if others are speaking, and feet still and pointed at the speaker. We made a book "Who is your School Counselor" by coloring the pages of our book and next week we will share what we created!

Lesson 2:  Last week we talked about Who is Your School Counselor? & What goes on in Mrs. Clark’s Office?  They remembered that Mrs. Clark LISTENS to us when we have a PROBLEM or if we have a QUESTION, she is there to HELP.  Our 1st grade classes make a book about what the School Counselor does at Roosevelt for our library – every student received a coloring page to add to our book "Who is your School Counselor" and next week we will read the story together, highlighting the pages they colored!   We watched a Reader’s Theatre of “Mean Jean the Recess Queen” to recall our story we read last week and students were able to talk about the difference between Mean Jean and just Jean.  We started practicing what we learned with our Potato Points and concluded our lesson with a 2 point listening day!

Lesson 3: Remember our Potato Points -- rules for listening?  We discussed those rules for listening and reviewed what they knew about their school counselor by students presenting his/her special page created about what a School Counselor does at Roosevelt!  We discussed what they were loving about 1st grade and what great choices I was seeing on the playground and in the lunchroom.  Students were able to talk about any questions or problems they were having as we went through our special book.   Parents - look for the book they made during Parent/Teacher Conferences outside your classroom door!  With a few remaining minutes, we transitioned into what we will be working on the next few weeks by meeting Kelso - our green frog puppet from Willow Pond who helps teach us about the 9 peacewheel options on the playground. We learned the difference between Small problems and Big problems and learned the hand-signs for these 9 choices by playing a fun game - Mrs. Clark says - to make sure they knew all 9 choices and are ready to work on the skills of each one of these choices the next few weeks.  The 9 choices are: walk away, share and take turns, go to another game, ignore it, make a deal, talk it out, apologize, wait and cool off, tell them to stop.  We will use these choices throughout the year and practice examples of "what would you do" throughout the year to continue to remind them of these choices, share examples of other issues students may be having and ways they solved them, and re-inforce that PEACEWHEEL choices are what work!

Lesson 4: We reviewed those 9 Peacewheel choices and our "body raps" and then read some books to go along with these choices --- showing us how these solutions helped out or were not used in our stories.   "Peaceweek in Mrs. Fox's Class" - a story emphasizing how every day can be "peaceweek" if they use the tools they have and know they are responsible for keeping the peace at Roosevelt!  "When I Feel Angry" - a story emphasising Wait & Cool Off and shares strategies for doing this the right way and what happens if you don't wait & cool off!   "The Boy Who Wouldn't Share" - emphasizing Sharing and Taking Turns and what it feels like to be around someone who doesn't share or has to do things his way all the time.  "I Just Don't Like the Sound of No" - a story emphasizing Talking it Out by helping students learn to listen to No, say "Okay" and walk away, and then come back to the question later.   *These books can be checked out in our Roosevelt Counselor Resource Library.

Lesson 5: To remind us of how important Listening is to being a good student and friend, we read the book "Howard Wigglebottom Learns How to Listen" and discussed the outcomes Howard experienced when he was not and was listening --- what outcomes did they want with their parents? teachers? friends?" for them?  We played a quick game of Mrs. Clark says to review our Peacewheel Choices.  We watched a video of students solving small and big problems in "It's your Choice: Kelso K-3 in Action". The video showed us: two students having the same problem with a student, but they solve it in different ways; a clip of two girls at recess trying to play hopscotch and watching a girl get frustrated and angry with a friend and make two choices on the peacewheel to solve the problem; and the last clip demonstrated a Big Problem and how to get help from an adult. We demonstrated how to do these 9 choices the Right way and the Wrong way - ex. calmly walking away vs. stomping feet and shouting "you aren't my friend anymore"....these examples were very funny, but some I see on our playground! * Students created a notecard with a problem they have experienced at school or at home  -- we will use these throughout the year to show them they are Strong enough to solve these problems and their peers can help them with these problems at school if they need help!  (A letter about this this curriculum and a peacewheel to use in your home was sent in Friday Folders this week! A copy of the letter is also posted below.)

Lesson 6:  Continuing to check in on those Peacewheel Choices, we headed out to the playground and found our Peacewheel outside and discussed some “what if’s” I see on our playground.  Students chose what he/she would do to answer that problem by moving to the choice and reporting to the group why he/she chose that solution --- with every problem there are multiple solutions!   Then we headed back inside where students created a note-card with a problem they have experienced at school or at home  -- we will use these throughout the year to show them they are strong enough to solve these problems and their peers can help them with these problems at school if they need help!  So - Good Listening – Check.  Peacewheel Strategies – Check.  Passengers are ready for a new flight and in 3, 2, 1, BLAST OFF - we went to space camp!  Not outer space, personal space!  We read about Louis, a boy who has trouble with personal space, in the book "Personal Space Camp" by Julia Cook.   The book discusses personal space as the amount of space a person needs to feel comfortable and their own personal space "bubble" being about the size of a hula hoop at school, but everyone's bubble is a different size -- you must look and listen to what others are telling you about their personal bubble.  Next week students will explore their personal space in space camp by: Testing out their own spaceship (hula-hoop); Letting each other know what to say and do if someone is in your personal space in a safe and respectful manner (Please stop; you are in my bubble);   Exploring their own personal space and how others pop our bubbles (pushing in line, hurtful words).  If they complete all of these exercises at Space Camp, Space Camp Certificates will be awarded!   *Note: Throughout the year we will continue to work on how we let others know about our personal space needs in a safe and respectful way.  Students who need additional practice with this skill will be invited to Space Camp again in a small group setting with me. *This book can be checked out in our Roosevelt Counselor Resource Library.

Lesson 7:  We are back in our Flight Pattern, and in 3, 2, 1, BLAST OFF - we went to space camp!  Not outer space, personal space!  We reviewed what we read about Louis and his troubles with Personal Space, what he learned and how he became a Space Expert.   We reviewed that personal space as the amount of space a person needs to feel comfortable and their own personal space "bubble" being about the size of a hula hoop at school, but everyone's bubble is a different size -- you must look and listen to what others are telling you about their personal bubble.  Students explored their personal space in space camp by: Testing out their own spaceship (hula-hoop); Letting each other know what to say and do if someone is in your personal space in a safe and respectful manner (Please stop; you are in my bubble);   Exploring their own personal space and how others pop our bubbles (pushing in line, hurtful words).  All students passed Space Camp and were awarded their Space Camp Certificates to hang in the 1st grade classroom.   We will continue to work on how we let others know about our personal space needs in a safe and respectful way…if a student is struggling with this, the teachers let me know that a return flight to Space Camp is needed!   *This book  can be checked out in our Roosevelt Counselor Resource Library.

Lesson 8: Last week we celebrated Red Ribbon Week and their Safe & Healthy choices and this week we talked about how others influence our Safe & Healthy Choices.   Talked about the term: Peer Pressure. We brainstormed “good” PP and “bad” PP and acted out a few examples.  In these examples, we talked about how PP helps us or does not help us to make safe & healthy choices.  We discussed what it meant to be “cool” and sometimes people make unsafe and unhealthy choices to be “cool”.  We watched the video “Wow! Wow! Wubsy – Mr. Cool” where Walden asked his friends to make him “cool” … but in the end they see that being Mr. Cool is just being yourself!   We talked about Recess Group starting for them after Halloween and how they are invited to come into my classroom for some Recess fun with Mrs. Clark and other 1st grade students!  

Lesson 9: We are starting our Safe and Healthy Choices Unit this week.    We defined "safety" as: to take actions to avoid getting hurt.  We discussed some of their safety rules they already know - such as bike safety, playground safety, water safety, animal safety, tricky people, and fire safety.   Our first lesson in this unit deals with Gun Safety - Eddie the Eagle helps teach us the "body rap" STOP, DON'T TOUCH, LEAVE THE AREA, TELL AN ADULT.  In the video "Learn about Gun Safety with Eddie the Eagle" students see this useful body rap put to use when kids encounter a "big problem" by finding a gun.  Students are encouraged to show you the body rap and talk about what they learned to help them know what to do when they feel danger!   A letter about our Safe & Healthy Choices went home with your student this week and is also posted in a link below - thank you for talking about this at home with your child!  If you would like to watch the video, here is the link:  **If you would like to view the video, it is available on youtube - here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wIEBrb_wRYc

Lesson 10: We heard reports of how they let someone know about our "body rap" from our “guest speaker” last week Eddie the Eagle -- when we feel danger, we "stop, don't touch, leave the area, tell an adult."  Using some situation flashcards, we reviewed how this body rap can be used for safety around water, tricky people, electrical equipment, open medications and more.   We saw many of these situations in our “Color Me Safe” coloring book we worked on during our lesson --every 1st grader received a coloring book to take home as a reminder of what we learned from Eddie the Eagle!

Lesson 11:We had another feathered friend visit our classroom to help us with our Safety rules – this time it was our familiar friend who we saw last year, Wise Owl.   I know all students know the “Tell” part of what Eddie Eagle taught us; however, Wise Owl shares with us the difference between Telling and Tattling.  WHO knows the rules about Tattling vs. Telling? We watched and discussed a video called "Wise Owl Says: When Telling isn't Tattling". We discussed the questions: Will it help anyone? Is someone in danger? Do you need an adult to help you solve a problem? If yes -- then you are telling! If you want to get someone in trouble, need to have things “your way”, like getting attention, or just tell an adult to so they can solve a problem for you, this is tattling. Students were able to know the difference between Tattling and Telling through the examples in our video and some role-plays we did in the classroom.   Our role-plays also included Small Problems they are strong enough to solve on their own using our peacewheel choices, but then turn into a Big problem after they try 3 peacewheel choices and emphasized they need to TELL an adult immediately because they need help!  This example follows the WHO rules because they tried 2 things on their own, but knowing it is not working they need help.  In our video we also see some examples where kids tell other kids “not to tell” – we discussed when we hear this from other kids or even adults, it should send an “uh-oh” feeling to our body and even if they say we are a “tattle-tale” or we might get hurt by them for telling, we IMMEDIATELY talk about it with a trusted adult!   Knowing the difference between Tattling and Telling is an important friendship skill – please continue to practice this at home!

Happy Thanksgiving - have a safe holiday!

Lesson 12: Our Guest Speakers Eddie the Eagle & Wise Owl have helped us to know what we need to do when we feel danger and our WHO rules, now its time for one more helper – Safety Sam the Fireman and his dog, Rescue.    Safety Sam and Rescue demonstrate in our video street, personal, and stranger or “tricky people” safety. Students see the WRONG and RIGHT behavior for the safety rules. Safety Sam and Rescue teach them ten tips in the video "Is it Okay?: How to Stay SAFE!". Street Safety Rules: 1. Look both ways before crossing the street 2. Don't chase balls into the street 3. Wait on curb or sidewalk at the bus stop Personal Safety Rules: 4. Never take medicine on your own and always with/from an adult you trust 5. Never pet or play with an animal you do not know 6. Always wear a helmet when you ride your bike and helmet and pads on anything with wheels Stranger Safety: 7. Stay away from strangers 8. Never answer the phone on your own or give out any information 9. Don't answer the door or let strangers in your house 10. Tell and Yell - always tell an adult you trust if a stranger bothers you and if one does YELL as loud as you can! 

Lesson 13: We reviewed those Safety Tips we heard from Safety Sam and Rescue last week -- we got through #7 last week and we continued to the end of our tips.   To conclude, we defined "safety" as: to take actions to avoid getting hurt. We discussed ALL the safety rules we have discussed so far and then wrapped up our “Safety Rules” with one more visitors – Officer Buckle & Gloria.  We took a “funny” approach to safety by watching “Officer Buckle and Gloria” – emphasizing 101 important safety rules by this team…especially, always stick with your buddy!   We added the new “rules” we learned from this great book to our Safety Rules idea chart….Wow, we have done A LOT!  Next lesson students will choose one safety rule he/she would like to place on our Safe Choices Bulletin Board they will create for our school!

Happy Winter Break - be safe & enjoy! 

Lesson 14: We concluded our Safe & Healthy Choices Unit by reviewing all the safety tips we learned from Eddie the Eagle, Wise Owl, Safety Sam & Rescue, Officer Buckle & Gloria and other folks like Mrs. Clark, parents, and teachers.   After we brainstormed a list of  what they knew as “Safety Rules”, every student received a star to pick a favorite rule to illustrate and hang in the halls on our Safety Reminder Bulletin Board for all the Roosevelt Students to see!   Following the rules is important, but sometimes situations or others may make it hard to do what we know is right.   We discussed that even Mrs. Clark needs reminders sometimes and when friends or adults remind us of a rule or suggest another way to solve something, being mad at them is unfair.   We saw this example in "Franklin and the Bus Patrol" where Franklin and his friends talk about how being safe and following rules is their responsibility, but sometimes hard to do with friends.   During this video, we discussed how following the rules and letting others know the rules is sometimes seen as "bossy" and can be a difficult thing to do with our peers; however, safety is more important than being "popular" with our friends -- just like we saw in our film. Working together and remembering to accept safety suggestions from other people is the thing to do!  Thank you for continuing your Safety Rule discussions in your home and identifying a "plan" and working on "what-ifs" at home so your 1st grader knows what to do to be safe!   *Come see their bulletin board across from the lunchroom!

Lesson 15: MLK Assembly

Lesson 16: What makes you unique and special? We are all different and celebrating our differences helps us feel included, special, and happy. We read the story "Chrysanthemum" and discussed how different reactions to her name - by her parents, her classmates, and her teachers - changed the way Chrysanthemum felt about herself, her name, her school, and her mood. Using a paper doll of Chrysanthemum we say how the unkind words "wrinkled" her day and even though we say sorry or say kind words, those unkind actions and words are still there! So choosing our words and our actions is a choice we make every day...choose wisely so you don't leave wrinkles! We also watched the video after we discussed the book having them pay attention to how Chrysanthemum's mood and feelings changed through the story. **This book is available for checkout in our library in the counselor resources!

Lesson 17: "I meant what I said and I said what I meant. An elephant's faithful one hundred percent." In Horton Hears a Who, we watch our faithful friend Horton show the true meaning of friendship, kindness, commitment, perseverance, integrity, and forgiveness. As we watch this movie the next few weeks, we discuss these themes and the choices and challenges Horton faces as he keeps his faithful promise to the people of Whoville.  **We celebrated our Good Listening Points from 1st semester with a Potato Party - great work 1st graders, both classes earned their reward!

Lesson 18: Week 2 brings one of the most important messages we see Horton demonstrate for us - "A person's a person, no matter how small." Friendship and acceptance -- what an important topic!

Lesson 19: Week 3 of Horton -- almost to the end!  I challenged students to think about: Who is your "Horton" in life? I heard mom, dad, sister, brother, aunt, uncles, friends, and teachers --- that person that no matter what sticks to what they say and shows you the dedication and love that Horton showed the people of Who-Ville.   What if you did not have these people in your life - what would you do?  We all need someone to believe in us no matter what -- why can't that person be you?  We left off at the "We are here, we are here, we are here" -- working together as a team to save Whoville and help Horton.

Lesson 20: Its what we have been waiting for - will Horton be able to follow up on his promise to the people of Who-ville? Can the people of Who-ville work together to help Horton? The ending leaves you believing that anything is possible! Students talked about the characters in the movie and their qualities. Next week  we will wrap up all we learned from Horton and let the whole school know about this Elephant that is Faithful 100%!

Lesson 21: Horton was a unique and special person -- What makes you unique and special? We are all different and celebrating our differences helps us feel included, special, and happy. We read the story "Chrysanthemum" and discussed how different reactions to her name - by her parents, her classmates, and her teachers - changed the way Chrysanthemum felt about herself, her name, her school, and her mood. Using a paper doll of Chrysanthemum we say how the unkind words "wrinkled" her day and even though we say sorry or say kind words, those unkind actions and words are still there! So choosing our words and our actions is a choice we make every day...choose wisely so you don't leave wrinkles! We also watched the video after we discussed the book having them pay attention to how Chrysanthemum's mood and feelings changed through the story. **This book is available for checkout in our library in the counselor resources!

Lesson 22: We started our New Unit this week - looking at how Work, Family, and our Future fit together.   Through a grant, we received a curriculum called Junior Achievement where we will have a business person from our community team with me on teaching these concepts!   Thank you to Jim Stewart, our own 1st grade parent, who through his job at Starbucks they support him coming into classrooms to help teach these important ideas!  Through hands-on classroom activities, in first grade we complete the “Our Families” curriculum that introduces students to the how family members’ jobs and businesses contribute to the well-being of the family.  Additionally, it introduces students the concept of needs and wants and investigates the ways families plan for and acquire goods and services.  In Lesson 1 we worked with terms such as Family, Job, Skills, Work, and Volunteer.   The students were able to describe the differences and similarities in families and recognize the importance of individuals and families as part of a neighborhood and a community.

Lesson 23: In Session 2 of our Junior Achievement Curriculum, we explored what is Money? What is a Want? What is a Need?  Through this lesson students identified the needs we have – food, clothing, and shelter – to live and demonstrated they could distinguish between a need and a want.   Students were able to discuss how they get needs and wants met as a first grader and in their family. 

4-6 Music Program - no lesson this week!

Spring Break - enjoy & be safe.

Lesson 24: Before break, we started our Junior Achievement Curriculum and explored how all the different jobs we have makes our neighborhoods work, we talked about key terms like Job, Need, Want, Money, and Diploma.   Today we discussed how Jobs help people earn money for those Needs and Wants.  We explored different Jobs through a game of Headbands and then had a few students dress up in some Work “Costumes” and discussed what those Jobs do like help people, make cakes, etc.  – where they work, inside or outside – can Boys and Girls do those Jobs?  In talking about Job Duties, Skills, and Characteristics, they will be ready next week to label a Job and talk about how that Job is important to our Community.

Lesson 25: We reviewed what we discussed last week - being able to discuss the skills, job requirements, and what a person would “do” in a job with a fun game of Headbands.  Students then thought about the work they can do right now --- work around the house (set the table), for a neighbor (take out trash when they are gone), thinking of an idea and implementing it (lemonade stand).  Using the “Work I can Do” page, student colored a picture of 1 or more ideas they had and will share this with our school – and you –to show others that they can do lots of things!   Then students worked on Job Collages where they thought of 4 things the Job they were given – Chef, Firefighter, Teacher, etc- and drew pictures and wrote about it.   **See our Bulletin Board in the hall with all our ideas! 

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Wendi Ellis-Clark, School Counselor
Boise School District - Roosevelt Elementary
908 E. Jefferson Street
Boise, Idaho 83712
208-854-6030 (phone) 208-854-6031 (fax)