Classroom Lessons

This month we are focused on the Character Trait of Respect and how that relates to our College and Career Ready Skill of Communication. We have participated in the BCPS Bullying Prevention Week and will host a Bullying Prevention Assembly with recording artist Peri Elizabeth on Thursday October 15. http://www.perielizabeth.com/

Kindergarten Lessons:

Howard B.Wigglebottom www.wedolisten.org -
The students are learning to be respectful listeners.

Have You Filled A Bucket Today? http://bucketfillers101.com/ 
When we treat others with kindness, we feel great too!


1st and 2nd Grade Lessons:

My Mouth Is A Volcano- We learned about being a respectful listener and how to use self control to stop interrupting others. 

Bucket Filling Lessons- 1st grade is reading about how to be a bucket filler by using kind words and actions. 2nd grade is learning about how to fill a bucket, which types of words and behaviors are 'bucket dippers', and even how to use our lid to keep our good thoughts and feelings about ourselves in. 
    
3rd grade Lessons:

Crumple Figure: This lesson is about Thinking Carefully before we speak. Words can hurt and can leave lasting 'marks' that stay with us long after. We talk about making apologies count by being specific and by choosing kind words as often as we can!

I didn't know I was a bully: These activities will help kids examine their own choices and behaviors to be sure they are respectful and responsible. We will also begin to talk about how to be an upstander and to stand up for others who are being mistreated.

4th grade Lessons:

Simon's Hook:
The students learn how to handle teases and mean words. There are 5 strategies: Do little or nothing (ignore), Stay away, Laugh or Make a Joke, Agree, and Distract or Change the Subject. We must teach kids strategies for dealing with teasing or meanness in an assertive way.

I didn't know I was a bully: These activities will help kids examine their own choices and behaviors to be sure they are respectful and responsible. We will also begin to talk about how to be an upstander and to stand up for others who are being mistreated.

5th Grade Lessons:

Includers and Excluders:
Each child was given a colorful star and had to find the group where they 'belonged' without using words. This led to a powerful discussion about including others with our words and our actions/ body language.

Mr. Peabody's Apples: A lesson about gossip, rumors, and talking behind people's backs. We talk at length about how words cannot be taken back once they are given out. We must model good behavior in this area if we expect kids to learn these skills as well.



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