This meaningful and thought-provoking lesson comes from Marissa Rex. It is a companion lesson to a TED talk by Sam Berns. Sam was a teenager with Progeria, a rapid aging disease. He talks about how to live a happy life even if you are facing huge challenges. Afterward, the students answer prompts about what they learned about life from Sam. Marissa provides the prompts so all you have to do is show the video and lead the discussion. I had my students tape their answers onto a huge piece of paper so we could see what other classes said in their responses (See slide show above).
I found this lesson on Missouri's Department of Education website. Click here to go look for yourself. It is filled with lots of lessons on all grade levels.
This lesson teaches students about being respectful, responsible, caring, and cooperative from two puppets. The lesson is very well written. It includes standards, assessment, a script for the puppets, and printable signs to hold up during the lesson.
The lesson suggests that the counselor should hold up the signs themselves during the lesson. Since I only have 2 arms and was using 2 puppets, I couldn't figure out how to do that. I told students to listen for the word on their sign and hold up the sign when they heard it. It worked well and the students loved being involved.
This lesson got plenty of laughs as I tried to talk the way I thought a turtle would talk. I thought my supervising counselor was going to lose it! Hahaha.........
Personal/Social Development A: Students will acquire the knowledge, attitude and interpersonal skills to help them understand and respect self and others.
This is a great lesson for little ones! It teaches the concept of self-control through blowing and popping bubbles. There are adorable worksheets and a label for the bubbles available for FREE in Lauren Kuhn's Teachers Pay Teachers store.
PS:A1.6 Distinguish between appropriate and inappropriate behavior
PS:A1.8 Understand the need for self-control and how to practice it
I think my favorite lesson this week was Tattling vs Reporting.
We read a social story I found on Teachers Pay Teachers. Just in case you haven't heard of them, social stories are a story (sometimes written and sometimes totally visual) originally used for students with autism to describe a social situation. They usually explain the situation or concept and help the students understand the accepted behaviors in this situation. They also usually explain the ways others may behave in the situation. Even though they were originally for use with special ed, I noticed some counselors talking about them on blogs so I thought I'd try it. I love social stories and Teachers Pay Teachers probably has one for almost every situation, some of which are free.
After we read the story and practiced using "I messages" (which are part of the story), we did a cut-and-paste activity (available here for free) in which the students sort different situations into tattling or reporting.
The social story is by One Giggle At A Time (Click here to go to her store)
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