Guidance Counseling

Throughout the year we will visit classrooms and present lessons. After presenting lessons, we will add information to this site so that you can be aware of what we are teaching your children.


1. Students will identify skills for making and being a friend.

Kindergarten will hear the story Rainbow Fish and discuss ways the Rainbow Fish was a good friend to the other fish. We will also discuss the examples in the story when he was not being a good friend. At the end of the story we will make a list of traits good friends have and how good friends treat each other.

First grade

  1. Students will demonstrate skills for making and being a friend

I will read them the book Should I Share My Ice Cream by Mo Williams; We will discuss how we should treat our friends with care and not be mean and rough; cotton balls and sandpaper will be used as visuals; students will chart expected words to be used with friends and unexpected words that we should not use. We will also discuss the zone our friends would be in if we use expected vs. unexpected words.

2. Students will demonstrate acceptance of others.

I will read the book Giraffes Cant' Dance; we will discuss story and then play a game to the tune of If you are Happy and you know it; instead I will sing "If you are 6 and you know, . . . If you are a boy and you know it. . . If you have blonde hair and you know it. . . "; we will then discuss our difference and similarities and how we are all special.

Second grade

1. Students will demonstrate self-awareness of their behaviors and assume responsibility.

I will read the story Making Friends is an Art. We will discuss the main character's attitude at school and how his attitude effected him and those around him. We will discuss how he behaved and treated others. At the end of the story we will discuss how he gained awareness and took responsibility for his actions and then was able to turn it around in a positive way.

Third grade

1. Students will use problem solving strategies in social and academic settings.

We will review the Second Step problem solving steps and the Wheel of Choice. We will also play a Tic-Tac-Toe game using the cards from the book, Classroom Guidance Games.

2. Students will identify the importance of respecting others from different backgrounds.

Students will work in small groups; I will give each group a blue pen, blue marker and a pencil with an erase for them to discuss which is different and why; we will discuss answers as a whole group; I will then read the story, "A Different Sister" and discuss; groups will then find 2 ways that they are different and 2 ways that they are similar

fourth grade

1.Students will recognize their role in the community and the importance of caring for and helping others.

We will play a game called Stand Up-Sit Down. Students will be asked questions; if they connect with the statement they will stand up. Students will be asked questions such as, "Have you ever been left out at school?" or "Have you ever stood up for someone that was being treated poorly?". Students will be asked to point out what they noticed in the game. After the game, I will read the story The Invisible Boy and we will discuss how the boy must have felt and then later how he felt when someone finally stood up for him and included him. Students will be given an activity where they can write out ways they can value others.

Fifth grade

1. Students will demonstrate how their actions can impact the community in which they live.

We will watch the YouTube video Making Tough Choices with Kid President as an opener; we will review the Second Step problem solving steps and Wheel of Choice; we will then work in groups to resolve the situation that their group is given; we will end the lesson with a resiliency video and ask them to think of what their "Why" is.

2. Students will identify skills to manage their academic and social responsibilities.

We will start the lesson sharing our Why from our previous lesson; students will then write 10 activities that they do on a paper; once the 10 are written, students will be asked to separate them into Family Activities, Activities with friends, Time alone, Home/School responsibilities; we will discuss the importance of having balance in your life of the activities we do; students will set a goal to create more balance and come up with 2 action steps to reach that goal.