Optional activities while you are at home...

Week of April 13th: Worries
-What is a worry? We all have worries. Everyone is scared of something. It is okay to have worries!
-Click on the links below to listen to a read aloud about worries and practice some
strategies to help you deal with your worries.
-There is also a worksheet where students can identify their own worries.
The Very Hungry Worry Monsters
Go Noodle: Relieve Anxiety
Go Noodle: Unwind
Go Noodle: Bring it Down
Fill Your Worry Cup Worksheet

Week of April 20th: Kindness
-We have been practicing all year to complete random acts of kindness. When we do something kind for someone, we fill their invisible bucket. When we fill someone's bucket, our bucket gets filled too! When we dip from someone's bucket, we also dip from our own bucket.
-Our goal is to be bucket fillers, not bucket dippers!
-How can you fill someone's bucket?

Bucket Filling A-Z
Bucket Filling Puzzle
Bucket Filling Coloring Sheet
Bucket Filling Crossword
Bucket Filling

Week of April 27th: 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! What are two coping skills that help you calm down?

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

Week of May 4th: 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 May 11th: Conflict Resolution
-This week you will be watching a read aloud on the book I Can Handle It!
-This book focuses on different problems that occur everyday.
-How can you solve a problem?
I Can Handle It!
I Can Handle It Activities

Week of May 18th: Conflict Resolution Continued
-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 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?
-Use the check-in worksheet to see how you are feeling.
-Decorate the end of the year memory book!
Feelings Check-In
Memory Book

Additional Resources:
Mind Yeti

This website focuses on mindfulness and teaches children to be present in the moment.
Mind Yeti-1st 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

Worksheet Activities: (OPTIONAL)
Personal Space Lesson
Personal Space Worksheet
Remember that each person has their own personal space bubble, including you! We don't like people to enter our bubble unless they ask first. Examples when other people may enter your personal space bubble is when you give a high five or a hug.

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.

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

Gratitude Challenge        

September Lessons:

Bucket Filler1) 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) Bucket Filling
We will be reading the book Have You Filled a Bucket Today?
Students will understand what it means to fill a person's invisible bucket by being kind. Students will understand that when we are not kind, we dip from someone's bucket. When we dip from someone's bucket, we dip from our own bucket too. When we are kind, we help fill someone's bucket and we fill our own bucket too. Ms. Carmack will pick a kindness challenge for 1st graders to complete by the end of the week. You can follow up at home by asking your student, How did you fill a bucket today?

October Lessons:
1) Bullying
Students will understand what bullying is: what it feels like/ what it looks like. Students will learn how to report bullying to an adult. We will be reading A Bug and A Wish, where students will learn how to use the statement: "It bugs me when you ___, I wish you would ___." We will be practicing these conflict resolution strategies with each other. Lastly, we will create our very own "no bullying/ be kind" stickers to promote this message to our school community.

2) Careers
We read the book When I Grow Up to lead our discussion on careers that are in our community. Students were able to determine what career fields they are really interested in. Each student identified what they want to be when they grow up. We also discussed our Career Day coming up on Friday, October 25th.

November Lessons:
1) Diversity
We will be reading the book It's Okay To Be Different by Todd Parr. Students will be coming up with their own way that their are unique or different and drawing a picture/ writing sentences about it. Students will also work on a mindfulness coloring activity about 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) Tattling vs. Reporting
Students will be able to identify the difference between tattling and reporting. They will be given examples of different types of situations where they will have to determine if they should report the situation to a teacher or if it would be tattling. We also read the book A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue by Julia Cook.

2) Self-Control
We read the book Volcano Mouth by Julia Cook and had a class discussion about what self-control is. Self-control means that we can control our bodies and our emotions. We practiced showing self-control while lining up and sitting on the carpet. Students were able to draw what having self-control looks like vs. what it looks like to not have self-control. We completed our lesson by working on a volcano mindfulness coloring activity.

January Lessons:
1) Goal Setting
We discussed what a goal is and why we set goals in life. Students worked together as a class to accomplish a team building goal by getting a hula hoop around the circle holding hands. They loved this fun activity and we concluded the class with students drawing and writing their own personal goals for the 2020 school year.

2) Mindfulness
This lesson focused on mindfulness, which means to focus on what is happening right now in this present moment. We read the book Puppy Mind to teach students about the difference between having a busy mind and having a peaceful mind. Students also practiced four different deep breathing techniques.

February Lessons:
1) Friendship
We read the book How to Lose All Your Friends. Students quickly picked up on the fact that the book described what not to do to a friend! After we read the book and discussed good qualities of a friend, students made a paper chain out of friendship and kindness. Our chain is now hung up in the 1st grade hallway! We also picked two out acts of kindness to work on for the month of February.

2) Zones of Regulation
Students learned what the different zones of regulation are. We described and identified the feelings that are associated with each specific zone. Students colored a monster and had to determine what zone the monster was in. We also practiced some of our deep breathing exercises.

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.