Classroom Guidance Lessons 2009- by fjwuxn

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Grade 3

September- This month the counselors will be conducting introduction lessons. We will be discussing
different topics with the children. The topics include, information about our role, getting to know us,
how to access us, and how to decide how urgent their needs are. We will also be creating classroom
guidance folders with the children. They will use these folders to compile all of their lesson information
for the year. They will then take them home at the end of the year. It is this time of year that we also
begin to decide which groups to run for children. In the past, we have conducted grief groups, cancer
support groups, friendship/social skills groups, divorce groups, and anger management/feelings
groups. PLEASE let us know if you think that your child or another CCES student would benefit from
one of these groups. Thank you.

October- Each month the third graders’ lessons will focus on a different character education trait. The
selected trait for the month of October is Citizenship. The topic of the lesson is “De-Bug”. This is a
strategy that is taught to children throughout MCPS as a means of settling minor conflicts among peers.
The strategy is used when a student is being “bugged” by someone else. The first step is to try and
ignore the person bugging them. The second step is to move away from them. If the person continues
to bother them, they need to ask them nicely to stop. Then the student tells the other student firmly to
stop. The final step if all other steps have failed is to get adult help. We teach each step to the students
and reinforce it at school throughout the year. We find that it is helpful with sibling conflicts as well!
Don’t forget to alert us at anytime throughout the year if a need arises with your child or another
CCES student that you think could be addressed through a group setting.

November- This month’s character education trait is respect. We will talk about respectful (I-CARE)
language with the students and will discuss what respect looks/sounds/feels like through creation of
respect recipes. I-CARE language consists of four steps. First, state the person’s name. Second, tell how
you feel. Third, tell them what they did to make you feel that way. Fourth, tell them what you want
them to do. This is also a good one to try at home!

December- We will cover being a caring student this month. This month’s lesson is one that the
students love and never forget! We read a story titled, “Warm Fuzzies” and discuss the story as a class.
The students then give each other warm fuzzies (compliments) and make one for themselves out of
pom-poms to keep. We also talk about the importance of being warm and fuzzy toward one another at
CCES.

January- January will be responsibility month. We will not reveal this month’s character trait to the
children until after a story is read. We will read “Brave Irene” and will then ask the students what they
think the trait of the month is. Then students will be asked what their responsibilities as a student,
friend, and member of their family are. They will also reflect on what they need to work on to be more
responsible. This is a great time to do this as we are all thinking about New Year’s Resolutions.
February- In February we will discuss trustworthiness with the children. We discuss being trustworthy
online and being trustworthy during testing, since MSA testing is in March. We do this trhough a review
of Netsmartz and reading a great children’s book called, “Testing Miss Malarkey”.

March- Because of MSA testing we do not conduct classroom lessons in March.

April- Fairness is our topic of discussion for April. The children wathc a video on fairness and participate
in a class discussion during specific stopping points during the video.

May- For our final month of guidance lessons we will be focusing on gratitude. This is a time for the
students to reflect on the year and show their teachers gratitude. They will explain what it means to
show gratitude in different areas of their lives and make a special gift for their teachers to show them
gratitude.



Grade 4

September- This month the counselors will be conducting introduction lessons. We will be discussing
different topics with the children. The topics include, information about our role, getting to know us,
how to access us, and how to decide how urgent their needs are. We will also be creating classroom
guidance folders with the children. They will use these folders to compile all of their lesson information
for the year. They will then take them home at the end of the year. It is this time of year that we also
begin to decide which groups to run for children. In the past, we have conducted grief groups, cancer
support groups, friendship/social skills groups, divorce groups, and anger management/feelings
groups. PLEASE let us know if you think that your child or another CCES student would benefit from
one of these groups. Thank you.

October/November - We will be focusing on bullying for two months. We will be talking with the kids
about the types of bullying (verbal, physical, social/emotional), the roles people play in bullying
incidents (victim, bully, bystander), and a strategy to use to cope with bullying (avoid, seek allies, get an
adult). Don’t forget to alert us at anytime throughout the year if a need arises with your child or
another CCES student that you think could be addressed through a group setting.

December- The focus this month will be conflict resolution. We will teach the kids the STAR method for
resolving conflicts. In order to use STARS effectively, the students must S-State the problem, T-Think
about many solutions, A-Agree upon one solution, R- be responsible for their part, and S-See if it
worked. If not, try one of the other suggested solutions.

January- Diversity will be our topic this month. The focus of the lesson will be on inner beauty and not
judging a book by its cover. The children will also have the opportunity to discuss what makes them
unique and what sets them apart on the outside and the inside.

February- We will focus on academics this month. The students will participate in a carousel activity in
which they contribute ideas to a 6 step plan to improving grades/school work.
March- Because of MSA testing we do not conduct classroom lessons in March.

April- This month we will begin our discussion with the children about careers. We tap the children’s
interests and discuss different careers/the skills and interests people need to be successful at that
particular career. We will do this by playing Pictionary. This lesson is a hit!

May- For our final month of guidance lessons we will be focusing on gratitude. This is a time for the
students to reflect on the year and show their teachers gratitude. They will explain what it means to
show gratitude in different areas of their lives and make a special gift for their teachers to show them
gratitude.

Grade 5

September- This month the counselors will be conducting introduction lessons. We will be discussing
different topics with the children. The topics include, information about our role, getting to know us,
how to access us, and how to decide how urgent their needs are. We will also be creating classroom
guidance folders with the children. They will use these folders to compile all of their lesson information
for the year. They will then take them home at the end of the year. It is this time of year that we also
begin to decide which groups to run for children. In the past, we have conducted grief groups, cancer
support groups, friendship/social skills groups, divorce groups, and anger management/feelings
groups. PLEASE let us know if you think that your child or another CCES student would benefit from
one of these groups. Thank you.

October- We start our lessons with a discussion on stress/stress management. When the students enter
fifth grade, they are usually surprised at the increase in their workload. Therefore, we like to take the
time to talk to the kids about recognizing stress and its symptoms in themselves and how to cope with
stress. Don’t forget to alert us at anytime throughout the year if a need arises with your child or
another CCES student that you think could be addressed through a group setting.

November- This month’s lesson will focus on cheating. As the workload and material gets more difficult,
the wandering eyes become more common. We talk with the kids about what cheating is, they share
examples of cheating they have witnessed and /or heard about in society, and we discuss why it is
detrimental to society and them.

????December- Self-esteem is our topic for this month.

January- We will focus on listening and following directions with the students this month. We find that
this is a good time to review these skills so that the students start the New Year off on the right foot.
The students will participate in interactive listening and following direction activities.

February- This month the children will further their exploration of careers. They will participate in a
“Careers for Me” activity. This activity allows them to investigate their strengths and begin to decide
what might be a few good career options for them.

March- Because of MSA testing we do not conduct classroom lessons in March.
April- Now is the time of year to discuss peer pressure with the children. They will have just arrived
back from spring break and are headed into the final stretch of fifth grade. We will conduct an
interactive Smartboard lesson with the children introducing peer pressure.

May- For our final month of guidance lessons we will be speaking with the students about SSL, or
student service learning. This is a state of MD graduation requirement. Please ask your children about
this important topic.



Grade 6-

September- Don’t forget 6th graders, verification forms for your summer SSL hours are due to Mrs.
Robinson by Friday 9/25/09. Parents, this is this time of year that we begin to decide which groups to
run for children. In the past, we have conducted grief groups, cancer support groups,
friendship/social skills groups, divorce groups, and anger management/feelings groups. PLEASE let us
know if you think that your child or another CCES student would benefit from one of these groups.
Thank you.

								
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