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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
-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 18th: Emotions
-Practice expressing different emotions and allow family members to guess how you are feeling.
-Try acting out emotions such as anger, frustration, sadness, joy, happy, surprised, shocked, embarrassed, etc.

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?
-What do you miss about being at school?
-What is your favorite memory of this year?

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

Cosmic Kids Yoga
These YouTube videos focus on fun yoga poses and stretching.
Cosmic Kids Yoga

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

Gratitude Challenge

Backyard Hunt
Mindfulness Coloring

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


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 be split up into teams to play the "Kindness Game Show," where they are challenged to act out or draw how they would handle specific situations. Students will then answer this question, What does this statement mean: "We rise by lifting others." We will have a class discussion on how our kind words lift up others around us.

October Lessons:
1) Bullying
Students will understand the difference between bullying and friendly teasing. We will discuss how to report bullying and the signs that bullying is occurring. Students will also understand the impact that bullying has on an individual.

2) Careers
We played Career Bingo! Students wrote down careers across their bingo boards. We had a class discussion on careers seen in our community. Students were given the opportunity to act out various careers and the rest of the class had to try and guess the given career.

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 Cell Phoney by Julia Cook and learned the importance of knowing what is appropriate to post online vs. what is not appropriate.

January Lessons:
1) Growth Mindset
We played an escape room game that focused on what it means to have a growth mindset. Students worked with partners and in teams to complete fun puzzles and games. The overall purpose of the game was to escape a fixed mindset and use a growth mindset!

2) Goal Setting
We played a fun game that focused on setting a goal as a class. All students had to work together to get the hula hoop around the circle and beat their previous time!

February Lessons:
1) Empathy
Students worked in groups to role play and come up with answers to different scenarios that happen in school. We then had a class discussion about what it means to step into someone else's shoes and show someone empathy. Students designed a pair of shoes and incorporated empathy into their design.

2) Conflict Resolution
A key skill that 5th 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.