Wednesday, October 28, 2009

"Bee" Drug Free

I worked with first through fourth graders to share a drug free message with the surrounding community. Students created brown paper grocery bags with a drug free message using a "bee" theme. I am going to take the bags back to the grocery store so that they can give the bags to customers for Red Ribbon Week. Check out the pictures of the students work!



Also, check out the other posts I have written with Red Ribbon Week Ideas:

Red Ribbon Week Ideas 
BEE Drug Free Grocery Bag Decorations
College Pennant Display
Career Day Costume Idea - Vet

Red Ribbon Week 2011*  I will be continuing to add more posts to this list this week!

College Door Decorating Contest and Spirit Day
College, University, Military, and Trade School Day
Dress for Success and Drug Free Pledges  
Wear Red Day
 
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Danielle is a K-12 Certified School Counselor, Nationally Certified Counselor, and blogger at School Counselor Blog, a place where school counselors share innovative ideas, creative lesson plans, and quality resources.  Contact Danielle via email, follow her on twitter, and become a fan of the School Counselor Blog Facebook Page.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Kindergarten Bees

I facilitated a lesson about cooperation to kindergarten students. We talked about bees and how bees cooperate with each other. We also discussed what kindergarten students could do to cooperate and work together.

The students create bees to reinforce the message of cooperation. I created a template for a body and wings. The students had to share the templates. They had to trace the templates and cut out the bee pattern. Afterward, they decorated their bees with crayon and glued their bee parts on.

The bees serve as a visual reminder of cooperation for kindergarten students.

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Spaghetti, Marshmallows, and COOPERATION!

I facilitated a lesson with 4th graders that involved spaghetti, marshmallows, and cooperation! I divided the class into groups of three or four students. Each group received dry spaghetti noodles and a bowl of marshmallows. I instructed students that they would be making a tower with their group members. I told them that the group who had the highest tower at the end of ten minutes would get a prize from me.


After the 10 minutes were up, I asked groups what they thought the point of the activity was. Students suggested that the activity was about "working together." I asked students what was difficult for them during this activity. They commented that it was difficult to work with others, it was frustrating when the spaghetti broke, and that it was hard to figure out how to make the towers stand with all of their group members helping at the same time. I asked the students what they had to do during this activity to work together. They commented that they had to share, ask each other for ideas, listen to their group members, explain things, show each other through examples, and be patient.


The students really enjoyed this activity. This lesson is a hands-on way to show the importance of cooperation.


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Sunday, October 18, 2009

"BEE" Cooperative!

We are implementing a positive school wide behavior program that focuses on the three "B's": Be Safe, Be Responsible, and Be Respectful. We have been using "bees" to represent the three "B's" because of the play on words. I am currently teaching lessons about cooperation in grades K-4.

I wanted to do a lesson that would involve art and teach first graders about cooperation. One of the art teachers gave me an idea of using finger print art. The students used a yellow marker to color their finger and then used their finger like a stamp to make bee bodies.

The students did a great job. We talked about how bees cooperate with each other to make honey. I asked the students how first graders show cooperation. Some comments were: we share, we help each other, we ask each other for things, and we work together.

Below are two finished pictures.

































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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

The Anti-Bullying Machine: Turn Your Cruelty into KINDNESS!


In honor of National Bullying Prevention Awareness Week, I have been facilitating classroom guidance lessons about bullying. I shared one of my favorite counseling books, Good-Bye Bully Machine, by Debbie Fox and Dr. Alan L. Beane, with second, third, and fourth grade students. Through the use of Good-Bye Bully Machine, we discussed what bullying is, how bullying feels, and what to do if you are bullied.

The students really enjoy Good-Bye Bully Machine. It makes them think creatively about what makes a bullying problem at a school get bigger and how they can make a difference. I have also utilized the free interactive facilitators guide that is available to use with this book from Free Spirit Publishing. The facilitators guide has great ideas and handouts.

In order to make the bully-free message more noticeable in the school, I wanted to make bulletin board that corresponded with the Good-Bye Bully Machine. I consulted the FABULOUS art teacher, whom I have collaborated with for the "Colors of Us" project. She came up with a vision for how we could make the bulletin board resemble the book. I absolutely loved the idea. The Anti-Bullying Machine bulletin board turned out better than I could have ever imagined. (Did I mention she is FABULOUS!)

To make the bulletin board, we enlisted the help of students in an after-school program that I run. The students had a blast making the Anti-Bullying Machine.

To make the cogs, the students traced circle patters and a pattern that I created. After tracing their "cogs," the students cut out their "cog." They used crayola construction paper crayons to outline the cogs in a contrasting color.

The students brainstormed cruel words and put-downs that they could put in mean end of the Anti-Bullying Machine and kind words that would come out the kind end. We used rectangle pieces of construction paper to make the Anti-Bullying Machine complete.  The students loved helping with the bulletin board. It was a huge success!


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Thursday, October 1, 2009

With Our Own Two Hands...

This is the extension of the The Colors of Us Revisited lesson using the book The Colors of Us by Karen Katz.

At the beginning of the next class, We listed to the Jack Johnson song "My Own Two Hands." We spoke about things that the students could do with their own two hands to change the world.

After listening to "My Own Two Hands," the students were instructed to use the sheet of their own unique color to trace their hand print. After they traced their hands, they cut them out. The students were instructed to decorate their hands using crayola construction paper crayons. They could either draw pictures on their hands of their favorite things or make a design.

The students then pasted their hands to a circle with a picture of the world in the center. I went around to each student and asked what they could do to change the world with their own two hands. We used the suggestions that the students came up with as a background for the bulletin board. Some examples were: "With my own two hands I can... be gentle, draw, help set the table, create art, give my pets love, clean up the Earth, and help others."

You can preview to the Jack Johnson song at the bottom of this post.






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