Optional activities while you're at home...

Week of April 13th: Coping Skills
-What is a coping skill? A coping skill is something you do that helps you calm down when you have strong feelings such as feeling mad, angry, sad, or frustrated. 
The videos below help students calm their bodies down.
We all use coping skills! Use the coping skills list and circle 5-10 coping skills that help you or try one of the mindfulness coloring worksheets.

Go Noodle: Rainbow Breath
Go Noodle: Bubble Breath
5 Finger Breathing
Balloon Breathing

Coping Skills List
Mindfulness Coloring Activity

Week of April 20th: Coping Skills Continued
-This week we are reviewing coping skills. One helpful coping skill is to be mindful; be present in the moment and only focus on what you are doing right now.
-Take a mindful walk outside (With parent/ guardian permission!) 
-What sounds did you hear? What did you see? What did you smell? How did your body feel?

Week of April 27th: Empathy

-We practiced using empathy this year during our escape room classroom lesson. Do you remember?
-What is empathy? How do you show empathy?
Listening With My Heart

Week of May 4th: Self-Awareness Scavenger Hunt
-Find something that makes you feel happy.
-Find something that you are proud of.
-Find something that you use to calm down when you feel mad.
-Find something that you are grateful for.

Week of May 11th: Conflict Resolution
-This week we will use a new conflict resolution strategy.
-Use an I-message: "I feel ______ when you _____. Please ______."
-OR use a Bug and a Wish: "It bugs me when you______. I wish you would ____."
-Practice with a family member.
I Message Poster
Bug and a Wish Poster

Week of May 18th: Conflict Resolution Continued
-How would you solve the following problems:
1. Your friend won't talk to you and you don't know why. What would you do?
2. Your friend wants to play basketball at recess, but you want to play soccer. What would you do?
3. You forgot your homework at home. What would you do?

Week of May 25th: Internet Safety

-Please review these Internet safety rules with a parent or guardian!
Internet Safety for Kids
Top 10 Internet Safety Rules

Week of June 1st: Time Management
-What is time management? Watching how much time we spend doing something! 
-We have to remember to work first, play later.
The PROcrastinator Read Aloud
Time Management PowerPoint

Week of June 8th: Transitions
-During this time, we are facing a lot of changes being away from school. 
-How are you handling the transition of being home?
-Coming soon...

Additional Resources:
Go Noodle
The videos below help students calm their bodies down.
Bring it Down
Weather the Storm
Manage Frustration
On and Off
Rainbow Breath
Bubble Breath
Bee Breath
Mindless to Mindful
Find Peace
Be Kind to Yourself
Relieve Anxiety

Mind Yeti
This website focuses on mindfulness and teaches children to be present in the moment.
Mind Yeti 3rd Grade

Cosmic Kids Yoga
These YouTube videos focus on fun yoga poses and stretching.
Be the Pond
Peace Out
Underwater Party
Little Green Frog
Sit and Stretch
Focus Potion
Strength and Focus

Rainbow of Confidence
Magic Carpet Ride

Virtual Field Trips
Smithsonian's National Zoo
San Diego Zoo

Coping Strategies
Coping Skills Chart
5 Finger Breathing
Balloon Breathing
Draw or write down your feelings
Exercise: Ride a bike, take a walk
Drink water

Worksheet Activities: (OPTIONAL)
Feelings Cards
Feelings Worksheet
We all have feelings. It is okay to feel angry, scared, upset, and nervous! Learn about the different feelings we have and draw a picture of how our body shows that feeling.

Empathy Worksheet
Empathy means that we try to understand how someone else feels. We step into their shoes! Draw a picture of how you made someone else feel better.

Kind Words Worksheet
Remember to always be kind. Using kind words helps to fill someone else's bucket. When you fill someone else's bucket... you fill your own bucket!

Mindfulness Coloring
If your student would like a mindfulness coloring worksheet, please email me at carmacll@pwcs.edu

Gratitude Challenge


September Lessons:

1) Introduction to the Counselor

Students will learn and understand my role as the school counselor
-Who I am
-What I do
-How to reach me

2) Kindness
Students will complete a hands-on activity to learn the impact of our words. Students will understand that once our words are said, we cannot take them back. All third grade classes will complete a kindness  coloring worksheet and will be challenged to complete an act of kindness.

October Lessons:
1) Bullying
We will be reading the book Bully Beans, which discusses what a bully is and how bullying feels. Students will complete a bully beans worksheet where they will identify various ways to address bullying. We will practice standing up to a bully and reporting bullying.

2) Careers
We had a class discussion on careers in our community. Students provided examples of different careers that interest them and the roles and responsibilities of those jobs. Each student selected one career and drew a picture and wrote about it. Students shared with the class the career that they chose. Career Day is Friday, October 25th!

November Lessons:
1) Diversity
We will be reading the book The Judgmental Flower by Julia Cook. Students will be working in small groups to answer questions about the book and make connections to real life situations. Students will also work on a mindfulness coloring activity that focuses on diversity. Lastly, each student will complete a puzzle piece about what makes them diverse. All puzzle pieces will be put together and displayed for the school.

December Lessons:
1) Internet Safety
We started out our lesson by discussing the different types of technology used in our world today. We then read The Technology Tail by Julia Cook and learned that what we post online sticks with us for the rest of our lives. We touched base on what cyber bullying is and how to make good decisions online.

January Lessons:
1) Goal Setting
This lesson was super active as students had to try to accomplish a goal as a class- to beat their time in a hula hoop pass game. This game required team work, cooperation, and a positive attitude in order to reach their goal. Students also set their very own goals and discussed the steps needed to get to that particular goal.

2) Growth Mindset
We read the book Bubble Gum Brain by Julia Cook and discussed the difference between having a growth mindset versus a fixed mindset. Students worked with partners to change fixed mindset sentences into a growth mindset outlook, Lastly, we practiced reading positive affirmations.

February Lessons:
1) Empathy
Students worked in groups to complete an empathy escape room game. They worked together to learn what it means to show someone empathy by completing puzzles, mazes, and decoding secret messages!

2) Conflict Resolution
A key skill that 3rd graders are working on is being their own problem solvers! We played a fun dice game, where students had to answer questions and act out scenarios on how to resolve specific conflicts that occur in school. We had a class discussion on conflict starters and conflict stoppers. 

March Lessons:
1) Cooperation
Students discussed what cooperation means (One of our star qualities). Students were then split up into small teams to try and build the tallest standing tower out of marshmallows and spaghetti noodles. Students quickly learned how frustrating and challenging it can be to work on a team. We processed as a class how this activity felt and what made it so hard for groups to accomplish the task.