Counselor Lessons » 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: Moving into our Safe & Healthy Choices Unit, we start off discussing the "Danger Zone". Being in the "Danger Zone" isn't something you can always "see", like we have discussed in the past such as a gun, medicine, etc. it can involve 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. What color are you on?
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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)