Tuesday, March 7, 2017

March Social Skills Lesson

Bullying and Cyber-bullying
"Sometimes it just takes ONE"

Grades K, 1 and 2:
Students will be listening to the story One by Katherine Otoshi.
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One is a story about colors and numbers. Blue is a quiet color and Red is a hothead who likes to pick on Blue. Yellow, Orange, Green, and Purple don’t like what they see and don't know what to do to stop it. When no one speaks up, things get out of hand. Red gets bigger and bigger. Then, One comes along and shows all the colors how to stand up, stand together, and count. Sometimes it just takes one voice to make a difference and make everyone count.

After listening to the story, the students will break up into groups. Each group will be assigned a color and they will discuss what they would do if they were that color in the story. They will also talk about what they could do to make a difference and stand up for one another.

Students will go back to their seats and write one sentence on how they can make a difference.
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Grades 4 and 5: Cyber-bullying
Students will be reviewing what they have already learned and know about bullying.
What is Bullying?
Bullying is the repeated use by one or more students [aggressor(s)] of a written, verbal or electronic expression or a physical act or gesture or any combination thereof, directed at a target that: (i) causes physical or emotional harm to the target or damage to the target's property; (ii) places the target in reasonable fear of harm to him/herself or of damage to his/her property; (iii) creates a hostile environment at school for the target; (iv) infringes on the rights of the target at school; or (v) materially and substantially disrupts the education process or the orderly operation of a school. For the purposes of requirements related to this law, bullying shall include cyber-bullying.
Bullying Criteria (RIP):
  • Repeated
  • Intentional (i.e. harming someone else on purpose)
  • Imbalance of Power (2 against 1, difference in age, size, ability)

After we discuss our previous knowledge on bullying, we will introduce Cyber-bullying.


DON’T BE MEAN BEHIND THE SCREEN!

  • Cyber-bullying is a difference of power or strength between the perpetrator and the target and this behavior takes place through technology.
  • Some interactions on social media can be positive but some could be very hurtful and unkind.
  • Some studies have shown that people are more likely to be unkind through social media because you can’t see or hear people so it’s easier to pretend we don’t see what’s going on.
  • Remember that people we talk to and play with online are real people. Think what you would say if they were really sitting next to you.
  • Online communication can be recorded and shared, we don't know who and how many people will see anything we do.
  • It is hard to to tell if someone is just joking, or hard to tell if a joke you’ve made  has gone too far and really hurt someone. Has that ever happen to anyone?
Students will watch a video on Cyber-bullying

After the video, students will break up into groups. They will answer the following questions:
  • How is talking to people online (video games, social network, texting, Instagram, Facebook, email, etc.) different than talking to people face to face?
  • How can we stop Cyber-bullying?
Ticket to Leave
How is talking to people online (through video games, social network, texting, Instagram, instant messaging) different from talking to people face to face?
Online vs. Offline

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Feburary Social Skills Lesson


 
Mindfulness
"Be in control of your mind"


This month students practiced being mindful and reviewed
what they already know about mindfulness.  We also introduced what it means to be present. This lesson demonstrated how it is important to be in control of your mind rather than letting your mind be in control of you.  We discussed how being mindful can slow you down and help you notice your emotions, thoughts and urges. Being mindful can help you have more control over your body and your actions.

During the lesson students participated in a few activities to practice being mindful and present in the moment. We explained to students when practicing mindfulness the goal is to only have one thought at time.

ACTIVITIES:
  • Students colored for less than 5 minutes. Students were instructed that if their mind and thoughts wander off to "label" them and come back to the task of coloring. 
  • Students played the game Sound-Ball. Sound Ball is played by passing a sound around to your peers. When receiving a sound, students need to be attentive so that they are continuing to think of a sound to throw to another classmate. Sound Ball is a great game that helps students practice being present and in the moment.  
  • Students listened to the story "Slowly, Slowly, Slowly Said The Sloth" by Eric Carl. Students were asked to raise their hand every time they heard the phrase, "slowly, slowly, slowly" which kept them engaged into the book. This helped the stay in tune with the movement and practice being present. 
It was recommended to students and teachers to continue to do these activities to help carry over the mindful strategies that were taught in this lesson. Continuing to practice being mindful and present will help students control their mind instead of having their mind controlling them. 
Coloring page



Tuesday, January 17, 2017

January Social Skills Lesson

Teaching Tolerance
It is OK to be different

We will be having discussions with each classroom about differences, diversity and what a community is. Students will learn how a diverse community makes our classroom stronger.  

Grades K-2:
We will be teaching about diversity. In each classroom, we will have a discussion about what it means to be different. We will also talk about communities and which communities we belong to. Students will learn that it is okay to be different because diversity can make our community stronger as we all come from different backgrounds. 

We will be reading the story "It's Okay to Be Different"

After the read aloud, students will participate in a movement activity called "The Warm Wind Blows". We will not only be learning about the differences that we can see with our eyes but we will also be focusing on differences we can't see. Students will learn how we can celebrate these differences in the classroom and at school. 

Some examples:
"The warm wind blows if you you have traveled to another country"
"The warm wind blows if you have a brother or a sister"
"The warm wind blows if you were born outside of Massachusetts"


Grades 3-5:


Students will learn about the terms diversity and community. We will discuss how diversity is important in a community. Students will share ways they are different from one another and how we can celebrate these differences in our school and classroom communities.  As a class, we will talk about how being a diverse community can make our classroom stronger.

Students will participate in a human scavenger hunt to learn more about their classmates and the diversity of their classroom community. The activity is called, "Find Someone Who...". Students will need to find someone in the room who applies to the question being asked. 

Some examples are:
Find someone who speaks more than one language.
Find someone who has a weekend tradition.
Find someone who has traveled to another country. 

Students will then share and discuss something they have learned about a classmate. We will end the lesson with a few final thoughts about how being different is okay and we will encourage students to celebrate the things that make them who they are! 










Thursday, December 1, 2016

December Social Skills Lesson

Managing Anxiety and Worrying
Teaching Coping Skills and Strategies

We will be going into the classrooms this month to talk about Anxiety and what to do when you worry. Students will be learning different coping skills and strategies to help manage anxiety. 

Grades K, 1, 2 and 3
Students will be learning the language and skills represented in the book "What to do when you worry too much?"
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We will be talking about what do do when you worry too much. Students will brainstorm worries that they experience every day. We will also explain how worries tend to grow and what strategies you can use to help stop worrying.

One of the strategies that we will discuss is "talking back to your worries". Students will learn how to talk back to the "Worry Bully" on their shoulders.


 
 

We will also introduce our Worry Monsters so that they can eat any remaining worries that students have. Students will write worries on a piece of paper and feed it to the worry monster. The worry monster is very hungry and holds onto the worries so the students don't have to.


Grades 4 and 5
4th and 5th grade students will be listening to the story "What to do with a Problem?"

After reading the story, we will talk about anxiety and how it can effect you. We will talk about how anxiety isn't always a bad thing and how it can be an opportunity. We will then brainstorm different strategies as a group on how to help manage anxiety.
 

  
Each classroom will get a cup of "Coping Strategies" to keep in their classroom to use when they become anxious or are worrying about something. 

We will finish our lesson with a role playing activity and students will have a chance to practice different strategies to help them feel more comfortable and will be able to carry them over. 



Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Memorial School Giving Tree

    
Memorial is participating in a charity program known as the “Giving Tree”. This program supports students and families who are in need during the holiday season. Gift items are purchased by Memorial staff members (no cash gifts). All referrals and families participating in the Giving Tree are ANONYMOUS.
If you are a family in need or know of a Memorial family in need of assistance during this holiday season, please contact one of the Memorial’s Guidance Counselors.
Danielle Flaccavento          Jamie Martin
    (781) 238-6825            (781) 273 7031   
Flaccavento@bpsk12.org     jmartin@bpsk12.org

A little help goes a long way.
Your support is greatly appreciated!

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Holiday Donation to the Burlington Food Pantry

Help make a difference and donate to the
Burlington Food Pantry
Memorial School is partnering with the Burlington Food Pantry again this year to help support Burlington residents in need during the holiday season. We are looking for people to donate the following items:

cake mix
quick bread mix
cookie mix
frosting
coffee
hot cocoa mix
toothpaste
shampoo
dish detergent
individually-wrapped toilet paper

Memorial 5th Grade Student Council will be organizing the collection and collecting the items to donate to the Food Pantry. You can send items to school with your child to be put in a donation box in their classroom.


Please send in items no later than Friday, December 9, 2016.

Monday, October 31, 2016

November Social Skills Lesson

Mindfulness


What do you think it means to be mindful?




Your brain is a powerful part of YOU!

Amygdala: Security Guard (Guard Dog)
Helps protect us
Flight, fight, freeze
Hippocampus: Memory Saver
Helps us learn and remember
Chronic stress can shrink it
Prefrontal Cortex (PFC): Wise Owl
Helps us make good decisions
Observes, analyzes and remembers
Thinking, planning, reasoning, impulse control
Has a teacher ever said to you...
  • You need to calm down
  • Time to focus
  • You need to pay attention

Did you know?
You are going to learn the skills of calming down BEFORE you get upset. Mindfulness helps you before you feel sad or mad.


Mindful Listening - Learning to Be Mindful

30 seconds of mindful listening:
  • Sit quietly with eyes closed and just listen to
       the sounds around them.  

Just Breathe
by Julie Bayer Salzman & Josh Salzman



Core Practice


Combining Listening and Breathing
using resonant sound.

Step 1:
Raise your hand when
you no longer hear the sound

Step 2: Practice for 30-60 seconds

Where Do You Feel The Breath?
  • Put hand on stomach and breath
  • Put hand on chest and breath
  • Put hand over nose and breath

Practice
  • Mindfulness is best practiced “daily.”
  • 3 minutes/day is better than 20 minutes/once a week.
  • By giving attention to positive experiences, we rewire the brain toward healthy habits of thinking and feeling and away from fight, flight and freeze.


What does Mindfulness mean to you?