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IES Friends,

Wow, it is hard to believe we are already into November.  This school year is moving right along.  Classroom guidance classes began in September.  I have provided a very short overview of what we covered in each grade level during my visits thus far.  Please be sure to ask your child about what they are learning in their guidance classes.  If you have any questions or would like to learn more please feel free to contact me @ 270 756-3054 or by email @ sandy.dupin@breck.kyschools.us

 

*Kindergarten*

Lesson 1 - We read Julia Cook's book, "A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue.  We learned the four tattling rules. 

These include:

Rule #1 - Be a Danger Ranger - If a person or animal is in danger, you must warn someone

Rule #2 - Be a Problem Solver - If the problem involves you, take charge and try to solve it yourself first

Rule #3 - Now or Later Problem - Is the problem a "NOW" problem or a "NOT NOW" problem?  Can your problem be solved at a later time?

Rule #4 - Mind Your Own Business (MYOB) - If the problem is not dangerous and it does not involve you... DO NOT TATTLE!

Please be sure to ask your child about those tattle rules.  We completed the lesson by decoration our own tattle tongue with a copy of the tattle rules.

Lesson 2 - We read another Julia Cook book entitled, "I'm a Booger... Treat me With Respect".  We learned about the healthy way to blow our noses and about germs.  Be sure to ask your child the role of a "booger ghost".

Lesson 3 - We read the story of "Hurtful Hyena" and learned about leaving others out and how hurtful this can be.  We were also able to discuss and role play what we should do when someone leaves us out.  Be sure to ask your child about Mrs. Dupin's animal friends.

 

Lesson 4 - We read the book, "Hygiene" by Julia Cook.  The author explained the importance of regular bathing, tooth brushing and other hygiene related issues using silverware as the stars.  The main character, Jean discovered the importance of good personal hygiene and its impact on relationships with others.  We completed our lesson with a "glitter germs" activity in which students learned how quickly germs can be spread and the importance of hand washing.

*First Grade*

Lesson 1 -  We read the book, "Spoon" by Amy Rosenthal.  This book served as a reminder to celebrate all the things that make us special.  We completed the lesson by making our own spoons where we listed all the great things about us as individuals. 

 

Lesson 2 - We read the book, "Hygiene" by Julia Cook.  The author explained the importance of regular bathing, tooth brushing and other hygiene related issues using silverware as the stars.  The main character, Jean discovered the importance of good personal hygiene and its impact on her relationships with others.  We completed our lesson with a "glitter germs" activity in which the students learned how quickly germs can be spread and the importance of hand washing. 

Lesson 3 - We read the book, "The Worst Day of My Life Ever" by Julia Cook.  The main character RJ has a very rough day... He wakes up with gum in his hair, misses recess because he is late to school, earns a 0 on his math homework, scores a soccer goal for the wrong team and messes his mom's kitchen up with overflowing pancake batter.  RJ, with the help of his mom learns that his problems happen because he doesn't listen or pay attention to directions from his mom, his teachers, his principal or even his friends.  The author introduces readers to the fundamental social skills of listening to and following directions.  When RJ learns to use these skills he has the best day of his life.  We concluded our lesson with a fun couple of games of Simon says.

Lesson 4 - We read the book, "Bullies Never Win" by Margery Cuyler.  The main character, Brenda was a worrier.  Brenda's biggest worry was a bully names Jessica.   Jessica does many mean things until Brenda finally gets the courage to stand up to Jessica.  Once Brenda learns to stand up to Jessica she no longer has to worry.  After reading the story we defined bullying and how to communicate effectively when someone is doing something we do not like.  We also learned when it is ok to report if someone is bullying us.

 

*Second Grade*

Lesson 1 - We read the book, "Spoon" by Amy Rosenthal.  This book served as a reminder to celebrate all the things that make us special.  We completed the lesson by making our own spoons where we listed all the great things about us as individuals.

Lesson 2 - We read the book, "Simon's Hook".  This was a fish story that taught students to identify when classmates are "fishing" by tossing teasing and putdowns their way.  The story gave strategies to help the students learn to be "free fish" and not to bite at these "hooks".  We learned that when we "bite" the hooks we allow others to have control over our behavior.

Strategies included:

1.  Do Little or Nothing (Don't React)

2.  Agree with the Hook

3.  Distract the Fisherman (Change Subject)

4.  Laugh or Make a Joke

5.  Stay Away From the Hooks (Walk Away)

To complete the lesson students were given their own fish with a copy of the five strategies as reminders.  Be sure to ask your student about our fishing story!

Lesson 3 - We read the book, "Hygiene" by Julia Cook.  The author explained the importance of regular bathing, tooth brushing and other hygiene related issues using silverware as the stars.  The main character, Jean discovered the importance of good personal hygiene and its impact on her relationships with others.  We completed our lesson with a "glitter germ" activity in which students learned how quickly germs can be spread and the importance of hand washing.

Lesson 4 -  We read the book, "Big Deals and Little Deals and What to Do if They Happen to You".  The students learned that we all experience BIG DEALS and little dealsBIG DEALS are situations that require adult intervention and little deals are those things children are capable of handling on their own.  They learned how to distinguish the difference between the two and many strategies to use when the BIG DEALS and little deals happen to them.  The lesson was completed with a interactive activity in which the students were given different scenerios and they had to decide if it was a BIG DEAL or a little deal and what strategy they should use.  Each student was given a tent card to keep at thier desk as a reminder.

Lesson 5 - We read the book, "My Mouth is a Volcano" by Julia Cook.  Louis our main character in the book always interrupts.  This story took an empathetic approach to the habit of interrupting and taught children a witty technique to help them manage all of their important words.  Students learned the value of respecting others by listening and waiting their turn to speak.  We finished our lesson with a break the code activity in which students uncovered tips to manage their "volcanoes".

*Third Grade*

Lesson 1 - We read the book, "The Juice Box Bully Empowering Kids to Stand Up for Others".  Students learned the importance of not being bystanders to bullying.  Students learned about "The Promise" in which students promise not to engage in bullying activities.  Each classroom took the bullying promise to try and make their classroom a bully free zone.  The promise is displayed in each third grade classroom as a reminder.

*Fourth Grade*

Lesson 1 - We read the book, "Your Are Special" by Max Lucado.  This was a story which taught students to not judge thier worth by other people's opinions.  We learned that other people's opinions were only important if we cared.  We wrapped up our lesson by allowing students to anonymously write "put ups" on a heart for each student in the classroom.  At the end of the lesson, students were given their own hearts that were loaded with nice comments from their classmates.  We discussed the importance of building our classmates up.  Students were allowed to keep their paper hearts as a reminder of how special they truly are.

Lesson 2 - We had a in-depth discussion about bullying.  We defined bullying, bystanders and targets.  We also discussed the various forms of bullying.  Most importantly, we learned the importance of our "voice".  If someone says or does something we do not like we must communicate our dislike to the person.  Ex. "I do not like when you call me names, stop".  At that point if the person continues the undesired behavior it is considered bullying and should be reported to an adult.  An adult's first response should be, "Did you ask them to stop?".  If the answer is yes, then that would be considered a form of bullying.  We discussed the implications of bullying and how to stop bullies.  We ended the lesson with various role playing.

Lesson 3 - We read the book, "Bully" by Patricia Pollacco.  This lesson was a follow-up lesson to lesson two.  The story was about a girl who found the courage to stand up for a friend that was being bullied.  The story also introduced the students to relational bullying in which bullying occurs in friendship groups and cyber bullying.  

Lesson 4 - We read the book, "The Empty Pot" by Demi.  This was a story about honesty.  The main character, Ping was asked to grow a flower for the emperor as was the other children in the kingdom.  All the children were given flower seeds by the emperor.  Whomever grew the most beautiful flower would become the next emperor of the land.  Ping tended his seed faithfully but it would not grow.  When it was time to present his flower he had to take an empty pot.  All of the other children had beautiful flowers to share with the emperor.  The emperor admired all of the flowers but when he came to Ping's pot he declared Ping as the next emperor.  The emperor had boiled all the seeds so that none could grow.  Ping was the only child that was honest and was rewarded by being the next emperor.  The lesson was concluded with a discussion about the importance of honesty.

*Fifth Grade*

Lesson 1 - We discussed our roles as students, classmates, and teammates.  We also discussed how these roles coorelate into "real world applications" for our future roles as a middle school student, a highschool student, a college student, work force, etc.  We viewed a youtube video from "Kid Present"  on how to be awesome in every role.  We concluded our lesson with a youtube video entitled, "Famous Failures".  Be sure to ask your student about some of these famous failures.  Did you know that Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team?

Lesson 2 - We had a in-depth discussion about bullying.  We defined bullying, bystanders, and targets.  We also discussed the various forms of bullying.  Most importantly, we learned the importance of our "voice".  If someone says or does something we do not like we must communicate that dislike to the person.  Ex.  "I do not like when you call me names, stop".  At that point if the person continues the undesired behavior it is considered bullying and should be reported to an adult.  An adults first question should be, "Did you ask them to stop?".  If the answer is yes then that would be considered a form of bullying.  We discussed the implications of bullying and how to stop bullies.  We ended the lesson with various role playing. 

Lesson 3 - We read the book, "Bully" by Patricia Polacco.  This lesson was a follow up lesson to lesson two.  The story was about a girl who found the courage to stand up for a friend that was being bullied.  The story also introduced students to relational bullying in which bullying occurs in friendship groups and cyber bullying. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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