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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!   

Lesson 2: 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 Clasroom"  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 3: : Ready, Set, Explore!  Students began their research on a Career Poster or Techy Presentation they will create for a Career Fair they will sponsor for our younger grades at Roosevelt.   Using the Idaho Career Information System to research his/her chosen career.    Today, they were given time to just explore CIS and research careers that interested them.   Next lesson, students will be given a "Mind Map" to use with CIS on a chosen career for the Career Fair.    Check out this resource at www.idahocis.org - username: rooseveltkids1   password: bsd4elem to log into this amazing resource!

**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 4 & 5: It’s Hunting Season – Time for a Career Scavenger Hunt!  Using their Career Mind Maps organizers, students used CIS to gather important information about their career and begin to formulate a plan for their Career "Snapshot" - using a poster, google slides, powerpoint, prezi, glogster  -- whatever tool they would like to show off what they know about their chosen career.   Second step was creating their Career Fair Posters or Techy presentations.  Students received a rubric to assist with knowing what they needed to include in their Career “Snapshot” for our 2nd & 3rd Grade Career Fair.  Students will complete what they started 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 in December!  A well-researched Career, neatly illustrated and thought-out presentation, appropriate information and dialogue with 2nd – 4th graders, and dressing the part/props are all successful components of this project *See below for Parent note sent home to help describe the expectations and give due dates and grading criteria.

Happy Thanksgiving - I am Thankful to work with your child!

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 for several weeks and keep reviewing what we learn each week!   

Lesson 7: It's time for a Career Fair!  All their hard work these past few weeks was put into action with their posters, presentations, 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!

Have a Safe & Healthy Holiday and New Year!

***6th grade Parent Math Night --- Informational Flier attached below!  Please attend to learn more about the BSD Math Scope & Sequence!

Lesson 8:  We reviewed the discussion cards students used in our first series of "The Danger Zone", covering the important concepts and important vocabulary for those refusal skills and media influences. 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 9: 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 10:  
Making Safe & Healthy Choices doesn't always involve being in the "Danger Zone" with something you can see - like a gun or harmful substance, sometimes it involves your Emotions.  This week we explored our "meters" - Emotional Meters!   Using the language of color, students labeled, colored, and explored their very own emotional meter.  Although this group of students helped "launch" this tool in our school last year, we have many new 5th graders and new experiences to share the use of this tool together today.   When the weather gets better, as promised, the 5th grade students will help lead a school-wide activity around the Emotional Meter and model how they use this tool on our playground, in our classrooms, in an extra-curricular activity, and at home.   What color are you on?

Lesson 11:  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 12: 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! 

SPRING BREAK - enjoy your week off!  

Lesson 13:  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 14: 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 15 & 16: 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 our completed Clues based on their interviews in the hall across from the cafeteria!  During "College Pride" Day the answers will be given.   Start collecting your favorite college colors and gear so you can help sport the "go on" message!  

Lesson 17: Great job on the RU Clues!   Our entire school had a great time with College Pride Day and uncovering the clues you created to learn more about colleges in our future!   We concluded our year with investigating learning styles.  Through a Learning Styles Sort, in small groups students sorted cards like: Learns by making things; Learns from models and visual aides; Likes working with numbers; Enjoys discussing topics.  We discussed the 8 Learning Styles in our sort - Naturalistic; Intrapersonal; Interpersonal; Visual-Linguistic; Visual-Spacial; Bodily-Kinesthetic; Logical-Mathematical; Auditory-Musical - and then groups had 32 strategy cards that they decided what Style matched the strategy. As a class, we discussed the results and they reported what they felt represented how they learn best. 

Have a great summer - stay safe, keep learning, and record those experiences to share with us in August!



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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)