|Counselor Lessons » 3rd Grade
I am in the 3rd grade classrooms every other Wednesday - two times a month - teaching 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. This link will give you details of my lessons and the Roosevelt Round-Up (PTA newsletter) will also periodically give you more information. "Counselor Conversation Cards" will also come home throughout the year to encourage discussion about our lessons in your home. Let me know if you need more information or have feedback on my lessons.
Lesson 1: Who is Your School Counselor? We toured our building noticing all the Bulletin Boards Mrs. Clark has made for them to help them get to know Roosevelt -- New Student Pictures, Recess Games & Rules, Peacewheel Board highlighting Peace-makers and Peace-breakers at our school, and Roosevelt Staff Picture Board. As we toured each stop, we discussed how they can see these through October to make sure they know all the new students in our school, the rules and options on our Playground, how we solve problems or conflicts at Roosevelt, and all the adults in our school they can ask for help if they needed or know their names like we know them! We then made our way to my classroom where we discussed "What does your school counselor do?" Students brainstormed all that we have worked on so far and the places and reasons they might see me. We discussed what we would be doing this year in a powerpoint and helped them remember: Mrs. Clark LISTENS to us when we need to TALK or have a QUESTION. She HELPS us HELP ourselves and make GOOD choices! 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 also talked about how the 3rd grade was going -- classroom, what they were learning; playground, games and what to do; lunchroom, making healthy choices; and friendships, including others.
Lesson 2: We reviewed the 9 peacewheel options we use to solve conflicts at Roosevelt -- the "body raps", the 9 choices and discussed the difference between Small problems and Big problems. Those 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 watched two videos of students solving Small and Big problems in "It's your Choice: Putting Kelso Into Play K-3 Booster" We saw: three Small problems where a student asks another student to stop annoying behavior and learn how to compromise and come up with work-able solutions; two Big problems emphasizing being safe around tricky people and when you witness stealing you immediately get an adult! We demonstrated how to do these 9 choices the Right way and the Wrong way - ex. saying "are you done?" to someone who is doing something you don't like or a wrong way of getting angry and pushing someone when frustrated. Students are able to see other students solving problems in different ways and resolving the problem -- big problems they see adult help immediately and we reviewed the adults in our school they can get help from at any time! Next week we will extend these ideas outside of Roosevelt!
Lesson 3: We discussed the Kelso clips we saw last time and reviewed those 9 Peacewheel choices. In these videos we saw how to resolve conflict peacefully at school and at home and today we moved into seeing how building healthy relationships require all 9 of these skills. In the movie “Building Healthy Relationships” we discuss standing up for yourself and fight starters: name-calling, blaming, threatening, insulting, making demands, being sarcastic, being too physical, making fun, being mean, acting selfish & Fight-Stoppers: compromise, flip a coin/rock-paper-scissor, skip it, walk away, apologize were all used in our video. We also worked on the “talk it out” option of the Peacewheel by discussing how important the time, place, and mood of the person influences a discussion, using “I feel” statements, good listening, and really attempting to find a good solution by brainstorming ideas that work for everyone involved! As always, if they are not able to do this on their own – GET HELP from a trusted adult to help guide the conflict and assist you in having healthy, happy relationships!
Lesson 4: "I Got This" -- Explore the terms Bully (we spell BULLLLY at Roosevelt), Bystander, and Victim. "Real Kids Workshop: What We Learned About Bullying"
Lesson 5: LISTENING is something we work on in the 3rd grade! We have so much to say - so many ideas - and such great friends to talk with.....but how is talking disrupting learning? Talking out of turn, blurting out, and interrupting another friend or teacher all cause problems in the classroom and with friends. We played two games to help us see that listening is necessary to know what to do, hear important cues from others, and allow a large group to learn or play something together. We played Tell Tale - a fun game where students look at a picture and they build a story around the picture they drew in the deck...very creative and silly! Then we played Chain Reaction - a game that requires you to listen for a "cue" and then it triggers your action -- if students do not read what they need to do, listen for their cue, or are distracted from the task, the chain reaction does not happen! We concluded with emphasizing that EVERYONE has a role in good listening in the classroom and how one person's behavior triggers others behaviors...do your part! We will continue our discussion about listening next week.
**Parent/Teacher Conferences --- your students are doing so well! I look forward to reading all the report card comments and connecting with them on their progress!
Lesson 6: We continued our work on listening skills. I asked the students to give an example of the difference between hearing and listening - and how it feels to be heard vs. listened to by a friend, parent, or teacher. We took a quick self-assessment about their listening skills and then we watched the video "I Can Communicate". In this video, we saw the difference between hearing and listening; what good listening "looks" like; and how it feels to be in a group, in a classroom, or in a conversation with someone who is not a good listener.
Happy Thanksgiving - I am so Thankful I work with your child every day!
Lesson 7: Students were challenged in our last lesson to try out those good listening skills – specifically, repeating what they heard mom/dad say at home. It was fun to hear their successes with this technique and how listening is different than hearing! We reviewed what we learned last week from our video - specifically, the difference between hearing vs. listening. We discussed what happens when you are not a good listener - in the video there were arguments with family members and getting lost on a field trip and loosing trust with a teacher. Student showed me the good listening formula: Eyes + Ears + Body = Good Listening. The described those signal words they hear from their teachers, parents, and friends. Today, we practiced that important skill of Reflective Listening. Teaming up with a buddy, they had to describe how to make a Cream Cheese & Banana Sandwich. After trying this once, a "model" group showed us what this looked like for them and then they changed partners and tried it again!
Lesson 8: We started to create our Leadership Flipbooks helping us identify those characteristics, skills, and experiences that make us all leaders!
Happy Winter Break & See you in the New Year!
Lesson 9: Leadership Flipbooks are starting to take shape -- Today we talked about the vocabulary within our books that help us identify what qualities make a strong leader? What skills do they have to help them practice leadership at home, school, and our community? Students also reflected in small groups on how they matched up in the areas of Honesty, Commitments, Shared Responsibility, Positive Attitude, Creativity, Positive Communication, Inspiring Others, and Confidence! Every second grader was able to share skills they have that help them be a leader -- looking forward to our final lesson in putting all of their ideas together into our final product!
Lesson 10: Final Leadership Flipbook
Lesson 11: Thank you to our PTA for partnering with our School Counseling Program to host the STEMbusUSA.org Mobile STEM Lab and Assembly! STEMbusUSA.org gives a truly unique and hands-on experience so students can dive into science, technology, engineering, and math. The STEM Mobile Discovery Lab is equipped with the latest technologies, enabling students to learn and explore all things STEM! Students saw drones, robots, explosions, and more! They also experienced high-end, hands-on tools like virtual reality, circuitry and much, much more! All school assembly at 9:00am with classrooms rotating through the bus and hands-on experiences throughout the day. From 3:15pm to 4:00pm the STEMbus will stay after school for parents and students to explore together and learn more about summer camp opportunities.
Lesson 12: "Rainbow Thinking" - intro to Safe & Healthy Choices with discussing terms like addiction, safety, personal safety, brain development, and that term we always use in this unit... "Danger Zones"!
Have a restful Spring Break -- see you in April for the home stretch!
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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)