Tuesday, April 3, 2018

April 2018: Sportsmanship

This month students will be learning about and discussing the importance of good sportsmanship. Throughout the day students work in groups in the classroom, in P.E., at recess, on field day or in sports and other activities outside of school. It is important to teach students to work together and how to be a good sport. 
When thinking about good sportsmanship, students should remember to:
  1. Have fun
  2. Encourage others
  3. Be respectful to the other team 
  4. Follow the rules
  5. Be kind when you lose
  6. Don't argue with others

Grades K-3 
Students will be listening to the the story 
Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns to Listen
Winning Isn't Everything
By: Howard Binkow

Grades K and 1 will also be watching a short clip on sportsmanship

Then students will work together to discuss the difference between what good sportsmanship is and looks like and what poor sportsmanship is and looks like.  

Grades 4 and 5
4th and 5th graders will be reading the story
Sally Sore Loser
A Story About Winning and Losing
By Frank J. Sileo

Grades 2-5
In addition, students in 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th grade will practice working together doing a group challenge. Using two ropes, they will need to get their whole group to the other side without touching the ropes. One student will need to go over the top rope and one student will need to go under the bottom rope. The rest of the students can go through the ropes. If anyone touches the ropes they will need to start over. This is a great exercise for students to learn to work together to reach the same goal. 

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

March 2018: Kindness Rocks

At Memorial School we put a tremendous effort into building a safe community where children learn and grow by building strong academic and social emotional skills.  We celebrate and create opportunities for children to demonstrate our core values; kindness, safety, respect and responsibility. In that effort, Memorial school created "Kindness in the community" project.  Each student will have an opportunity to paint and create a rock with a positive message on it. Some classrooms will be distributing the rocks as a group and other classrooms have decided to have the children share the experience with their families. Some classrooms will be placing rocks at the Burlington Police Station, St. Margret's Church, Marshall Simons Middle School, Burlington Fire Station and the Town Common. Our hope is that the kindness rocks bring a smile and comfort to people who find them. KINDNESS ROCKS!
Watch a clip on the Kindness Rock Project:

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

February 2018: Self-control

Students will be learning about self-control this month and why it is important to maintain control over their words and their actions. We are always experiencing different feelings and sometimes it is harder to control your mind and your body.
Students were taught to STOP, THINK, and then ACT. Sometimes students will act without thinking about how their words or their actions affect other people.

First, students will have a discussion about self-control and what it means using prior knowledge and new information. Then students will practice having self-control using a bubble machine. 

  1. We will turn on the machine and the students will be able to pop as many bubbles that come near them. 
  2. We will turn on the machine and students will have to maintain self-control and not pop a single bubble. 
After the students practice using self-control, we will read the story 
You Get What You Get 
by Julie Gassman. 
This story is about a squirrel named Melvin who throws a fit when he doesn't get what he wants. At school, he has to follow the rule "You get what you get and you don't throw a fit". He is able to maintain his self-control at school but still thinks it is ok to throw a fit when he doesn't get what he wants at home. He quickly realizes that rule is just as important at home too when his sister gets upset when she doesn't get what she wants. 

After reading the story we will also talk about the importance of maintaining self-control with your words too. Your brain acts like a filter and your words need to go through the social filter to determine whether it is a thought that you can say out loud or a thought that should stay in your filter and you should only think it. 
Students will be given examples of thoughts they can "say" and thoughts that they should only "think".

Then students will partner up and work on a worksheet where they will have to put each "thought" in the column it belongs. 
SAY IT               or                 THINK IT

Our goal is for students to continue to practice self-control and to be more aware of their words and actions and how they impact their social settings. 

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

January 2018: Having the courage to be who you are

 Having the COURAGE to Be Who You Are

This month students will be reading "Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun" written by, Maria Dismondy.   This is a great story that shows how to have courage to treat others the way you want to be treated. Lucy's papa teaches her that “Not everyone likes the same things, Lucy. It doesn’t mean one person is right or wrong. We’re all different. What a boring world it would be if we were all exactly the same?” In the book, Lucy accepts herself as being different and learns to celebrate those differences.  This story empowers children to always do the right thing and find the courage to stand up for yourself when someone is being unkind.
As a class we will discuss how Lucy and Ralph are similar and different. A discussion will be about not being the same as another person doesn't mean you have to change who you are or what you enjoy. Students will learn that having the courage to be you is important and special.

Students will partner up and compile a list of traits on how they are similar and different from each other. This activity includes topics such as diversity, tolerance and acceptance while they learn more about other classmates and community.

Monday, December 11, 2017

December 2017: Mindfulness

"Being in control of your mind, rather than letting your mind be in control of you." Jill Rathus &Alec Miller

This month students will being revisiting the topic Mindfulness and what it means to be in the moment. We will be reviewing and discussing what it means to be mindful. We will also be talking about how Mindfulness relates to our previous discussions on Growth Mindset and Size of the Problem. 

Students will have the opportunity to practice being mindful using the following guided meditation videos. 

Next, students will practice clearing their thoughts and focusing on one thing at a time. They will do this by picking an object in the room to study for 1 minute. They will be advised not to judge the object but only to study it and notice details. Students will break off into partners and describe their object to their partner. 

Lastly, we will play two mindfulness games. This will help give the students a better understanding of what it is like to only focus on the present. 


Sound Ball: Students will throw sounds to each other. To receive a sound you need to repeat it. While playing the game, students will need to be aware so that they are always ready to receive a sound. They will also need to have a new sound prepped and ready to throw. 

Zoom: Students will stand in a circle and we will pass the sound "zoom" around the circle. If a students says "eek" the sound will reverse and travel around the circle the opposite way. Each student will be able to use one "eek" during the game. The students will have to stay engaged to be ready to say "zoom" at the right time and also to know which way "zoom" is traveling.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

November 2017: Size of the Problem/ Size of the Reaction

Size of the Problem
Students will be learning that there are different problems we may be faced with, some are bigger than others and how we react to those problems is important. This activity is designed for students to learn the basic vocabulary about the size of the problem and how it relates to the levels of emotions people experience and expect within various situations.

As a class we will discuss problem solving steps. Students will be given real life situations and while working in pairs they will determine the size of the problem and the expected reaction (worksheets below).

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

October 2017: Growth Mindset

Do you have a Fixed Mindset or a Growth Mindset?

Grade 5 video:

Students will be watching the video/videos and discussing what it means to have a fixed mindset and a growth mindset. They will be given examples and have the opportunity to decide which mindset the thought belongs to. 

Students will then work with a partner or in a group to come up with a growth mindset thought instead of the given fixed mindset thought.