Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Sharing Chains

The third grade class again this year enjoyed making "Sharing Chains".  Each student is given 4 strips of paper. They write things on them they share either at school or at home.  We find out that just about everything we do involves sharing, communicating, or cooperating with one another.  They then glue their strips of paper together making chain links.

 After they glue theirs together they share and cooperate with someone else gluing their links together and continue this until the class has made one continuous chain.  The tricky part of this activity is always having a link not glued so you or your partners have a connecting link for the other person or group.  The expectation is to not have to take any links apart to conect the chain with others.  This requires good sharing and cooperation strategies.  After the chain is completed the students carry it around the room with everyone carrying a part of the chain.  We discuss how carefull it has to be handled so it won't come apart.  We also discuss how it could easily be distroyed.  This leads us into a conversation about relationships and how to treat each other.


Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Bullying Unit Fourth Grade

One of our lessons on bullying in our fourth grade classes reflects the idea of how damaging bullying can be during the lifetime of the victim, and that being bullied can have lasting effects.  The first class we visit about what bullies do.  The students then write on a piece of paper things that bullies do.  During our next class I brought a board to class along with nails, hammer, and a nail puller.  Each student had an opportunity to pound a nail part way into the board.  Next the papers they had written on were passed out randomly to the students, who then one by one read something from their paper what a bully does.  As these things were read a nail was pulled from the board.  The discussion then led to how the board was different now, and how impossible it would be to fix the holes left by the nails.  We discussed different methods of repairing the holes, but they would still be somewhat visible and still there.  The students then crummpled up their papers, put them into the trash, and we got rid of all the negative things bullies do.  This has been a very good visual lesson on bullying.  

Thursday, November 21, 2013

As part of our third grad Guidance classes we have been visiting about belonging as part of the curriculum.  It reflects back to the "Circle of Courage".  As part of belonging we discuss how our families are important, and how we all interact with one another and get along with each family member.  We also discuss how we all have certain things we can do as part of the family unit.  They drew pictures of their family and also wrote about their family.  They focus on how their family members are different or alike, and the unique things about their family they feel are important.  They then have a chance to discuss their pictures and tell about their families if they choose.  This is a very fun activity for the students and gives them a chance to not only talk about their own family, but learn from others about their families.

Monday, October 28, 2013


      In Guidance we have been discussing staying safe in public.  Part of what we visit about is called "Scoops".  This curriculum teaches students how to be safe when they are away from home.  The Scoops curriculum helps children understand the importance of being aware of their surroundings, and people they come in contact with.  It's focus is knowing that most individuals are nice, but some are not.  As part of the lesson we read together a book entitled "Scoop" written by Julia Cook.  We discuss the five safety rules that give students strategies and knowledge about staying safe.  Our first and second grade students are given a worksheet of the Scoop rules to take home with them so they can visit with their parents or guardian about what Scoop is.          

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Red Ribbon Week

"Red Ribbon Week" is approaching.  During the week students learn the negative effects drugs of all kinds have on the body.  It is also a time for the Intermediate and Primary building students, as well as all staff members, to have fun each day dressing to a theme of the day against drugs.

  Red Ribbon Week
October 28-November 1

The Intermediate and Primary buildings will be celebrating Red Ribbon Week October 28-November 1.

During Red Ribbon Week we encourage students and staff to wear clothing for the theme of the day.  This years themes are as follows.

Monday Oct. 28th- Team up on drugs. Wear clothing such as jerseys of your favorite sports team.
Tuesday Oct. 29th- Round up on drugs. Wear western or country clothing.
Wednesday Oct. 30- Sock it to drugs. Wear crazy socks to school.
Thursday Oct. 31- Put a scare on drugs. Wear Halloween costumes according to teachers agenda for Halloween.
Friday Nov. 1-Cardinal Red Day. Wear Chadron Cardinal clothing or other red clothing in honor of Red Ribbon Week.

Monday, September 30, 2013

All students have to learn to deal with conflict or disagreement. "Kelso's Choices" gives students different avenues for success in solving issues they may have.  We read stories from "Willow Pond" of how Kelso the frog helps others that live in the pond solve problems.  Students learn strategies of how to handle small problems, but also they may need an adult they trust to help them with larger more difficult problems.  Kindergartners also are given a color book with the choices in them to take home and share with their family.    

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Circle of Courage

The past two weeks in guidance classes at the intermediate school grades 3 and 4, the students have been learning and discussing the Circle of Courage.  The model is divided into quadrants, like the medicine wheel, and depicts the sacredness of the circle to Native Americans and the interconnectedness of life.  Each quadrant stands for a central value-belonging, mastery, independence and generosity.