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5th Grade 5th Grade

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!   

Lesson 7: We reviewed the discussion cards students used in our last lesson to discuss concepts and important vocabulary for “DANGER ZONE” – working on our refusal skills.   This week we re- entered the "Danger Zone" and explored the Dangers in our Homes - OTC medications, cleaning products/inhalants, and prescription drugs. safety, health risks, peer pressure, and consequences were featured in our video.   As we watched the video we paused often to discuss the “DANGERS” and the decisions they can make if faced with these same scenarios.   We discussed there are many products in our homes that are useful if used for their intended purpose; however, if used as a “high” and not as their intended purpose they can be very dangerous!    

Lesson 8:  We reviewed key terms from our previous “Danger Zone” videos to keep the terms and learning “fresh”.   Today is our last time entering the "Danger Zone" - this time our video featured information on alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana. Safety, health risks, peer pressure, and consequences were all demonstrated in this video and we discussed the decisions they can make as we watched this video.   We also spend some time discussing a scene - where a young person..about their age...is with an older sibling of a friend who is under the influence and is driving... we discussed, "What would your parents (and Mrs. Clark) want you to do?"  They all knew the answer -- not go in a car with a person under the influence!!! But how?  We role-played some situations and I asked they come home and discuss what you would want them to do!  My role-play with them in any situation they are uncomfortable and need OUT - NOW - is to say they are sick -- they need to go home immediately...say they are going to throw up, say they can't go in the car and go to the restroom - whatever to get a call out to parents and/or next "safe" adult to come get them and THEN tell the safe adult what was happening once you are safe!   Thank you for following up at home on all our “Danger Zone” discussions --- next lesson we will make sure all the important points they have captured and demonstrate they can stay out of the “Danger Zone!”

Lesson 9: One more "Danger Zone" -- Technology Safety!  We watched the clip "Caught in the Web", a video that explores the dangers of being on-line and how easy it is to get "caught" up in negative, un-safe behaviors.   The clips explored threats of meeting people on-line, how being involved in technology can over-take your life/friendships/relationships, exposure to people and content that is too mature and un-safe, and the importance of keeping parents involved in technology so they can help you be safe.  We discussed how important it is to “think before you click” in order to avoid embarrassing yourself or hurting others, while keeping yourself and others safe. While the Internet, smart phones, tablets, computers, digital cameras, and on-line gaming is so much fun, it is always important to be smart about what you say and whom you befriend online! 

Lesson 10: We broke into groups and they answered "cue cards" about our "Danger Zone" series.   Groups summarized for us the key learning from each video.   Students took a quiz over the key concepts through a "Quiz Bowl" Challenge. Taking the main ideas of these three videos, teams fought to the bell to win the most points! They are ready to stay out of the "Danger Zone!".  

Lesson 11: Appreciating who they are and others, knowing more information about themselves and others, and using the tools to be successful in school and relationships is key to that bright future!  So - How are we different? How are we the same? Is your Best Friend just like you...like the same things, play the same things, like the same foods? We introduced our next topic by playing the game "Eye to Eye". Through this fun game, students experience that their answers were NEVER always the same as their friends and they take some pride in what UNIQUE choices, likes/dislikes, and preferences they have --- so if this is what they do in our game, why do we say things like: you aren't good enough to play this soccer game with us OR she can't be my friend because she dresses weird OR he is a sissy and doesn't do "guy" stuff?? Self-respect, uniqueness, appreciation of differences and tolerance were discussed in this lesson. 

Lesson 12: Now that we know - everyone has unique ideas and not everyone sees "eye-to-eye" on every problem, idea, or situation.....What’s your Style? Conflict Management Style that is! We discussed your “style” is the way you handle conflict when people disagree about something. To help student understand their style, we took a Quiz assessing how he/she would approach something like ex. when two of my friends disagree, I try to help them reach an agreement or when I don’t agree with a decision, I do what I want to do instead. Styles were: Shark: can be bossy, aggressive, threatening, and intimidating, goal-oriented, has a need to win, not concerned with what others think, Turtle: avoids or withdraws from conflict; would rather hide and ignore conflict than resolve it; tends to give up personal goals and be passive; Owl: Works together with others to find solutions to conflict, sees conflict as a problem to be solved, prefers to find solutions that are okay with everyone; Teddy Bear: smooth things over, ignores their own goals and resolves things by giving in to others, relationships with others are important; Fox: compromising style, concerned about relationships and goals, willing to give up some of their goals while convincing others to give up part of their goals too. As a class we discussed how each style resolves conflict in a different way. We discussed each style and what works in conflict for that “style”. We discussed they need to keep in mind what works for your style may not work for another – so think, what is their style and how can I approach the conflict – what are my options? We concluded about having them reflect about the ‘style’ of his/her best friend, mom/dad, teacher, and siblings.

Lesson 13: Picking up where we left off with our Conflict Management Style Assessments last week, they evaluated their preferences and we discussed how each style resolves conflict in a different ways. We discussed each style and what works in conflict for that “style”.  We discussed what they need to remember for what works with their preferred style and what may/may not work for another – so when you are in a conflict, always think “what is their style and how can I approach the conflict – what are my options?”  Students wrote down an example of a conflict they have with peers – siblings – adults and then I chose a few to discuss in their preferred “style” groups of how he/she would approach the issue.   Great ideas and examples that really demonstrate how different people approach solutions and conflict!

SPRING BREAK - enjoy your week off!

Lesson 14:  Do you know your RU?  Roosevelt University, that is!   We know our students are "going on" after high school, but where did their teachers go?  Students were paired up and then they were given a staff member to "highlight" for our RU bulletin board.   Using Career Information System and Interview Questions, students will investigate a college, find out first-hand information from their staff member, and create a learning tool for our whole school to use!  Today we went through what was expected of the project, why the information is being collected in CIS, and discussed the questions they will ask the teacher.  **See RU document below for more information! 



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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)