I am in the 5th grade classrooms every other week- twice a month - teaching a Classroom Lesson. Each week, I will post the title of the Classroom 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 gym where they were put into teams of 5 and asked to complete a Balloon Challenge.
Lesson 2 & 3: Time to have a Career Fair! Using their Career Mind Maps they started last year, we started creating their Career Fair Posters. As students worked on their Posters, they described for me what they are going to highlight on his/her poster and the visual they are going to use about their career. Students will complete posters at home and will be encouraged to add quotes from people who do this job on what subjects they studied in school that helped them be successful in their career. I am looking forward to show-casing all of our 5th graders research and ideas in our Career Fair on Friday, October 17th! A well-researched Career, neatly illustrated and written poster, appropriate information and dialogue with 2nd – 4th graders, and dressing the part/props are all successful components of this project! *Students are encouraged to work on these at home as well as in my classroom! *See below for Parent note sent home to help describe the expectations and give due dates.
Lesson 4: Hunting Season is open -- a Career Fair Scavenger Hunt, that is! All their hard work these past few weeks was put into action with their poster, pictures, props, and tools to represent the important points of their selected Job and they presented to our 2nd & 3rd graders. Jobs like: Engineer, Baker, Farmer, Fashion Designer, Singer, Actor, Teacher....and the list goes on and on were represented at our Career Fair today! (see pictures on my Website under School Counseling Program Pictures) Using the Career Fair Scavenger Hunt Document (see attachment below) 2nd & 3rd graders learned about Jobs that use Science, Math, Art, work Outside or Inside, and much more! So proud of the work they did to make our Career Fair a success & expand their learning about their future opportunities!
Lesson 5: We discussed what I heard them say about being in the 5th grade -- what they were LOVING about it and what they were concerned about...and then what I was seeing in the classroom, lunchroom and recess --- I really like how I see them working together, including new students, and using the 9 ways we solve problems at Roosevelt in their daily interactions at school. We quickly reviewed those 9 Peacewheel choices and watched the video "It's Your Choice: Kelso 4-6 Beyond the Classroom" where we saw kids just like them use the Peacewheel strategies to solve conflicts with siblings and parents. We saw: three Small problems were students were able to talk about how something made them uncomfortable, make a deal with an older sister, and work together as siblings to get what you both need; two Big problems dealing with stealing and technology safety that emphasize the right choice is to go to a parent first, even though it might get a peer or sibling in trouble. Using these scenarios for discussions, we brainstormed ways we might talk it out with a parent when we are angry, make a deal with an older sister, or share and take turns with a younger brother.
Lesson 6: We entered the "Danger Zone" this week -- a three-part video series helping us explore information about drugs, media around drugs, and refusal skills. Today, we discussed the influence our peers have on our decisions and ways to say "NO" if you find yourself in the "Danger Zone". In this video, we discussed the difference between an assertive, aggressive and passive response. We tried out several techniques for saying "no" - broken record technique, changing the subject, saying "no" and walking away, ignoring it and leaving the "danger zone". Also addressed in our lesson today was media - magazine adds, billboards, commercials -- these encourage use in a fun, popular, and attractive lifestyle, not the "danger zone" realities of addiction. We discussed what they see in the media regarding drugs. Every student was given a "thinking point" index card at the beginning of the movie - after watching and discussing our lesson today, they shared with their classmates what their talking point. We will continue the "Danger Zone" series next week and keep reviewing what we learn each week!
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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)