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.

Kinder

Lesson 1: Students will identify ways to be a good friend.

Students will hear a story called Rainbow Fish and have a discussion about making and keeping friends.

Lesson 2: Students will identify emotions and how to self-regulate.

Students will hear the story, How I Feel and learn the Zones of Regulation. Students will be able to identify which zone each feeling is in and how to self-regulate when they have certain feelings.

Lesson 3: Students will identify the difference between reporting and tattling.

Students will hear the story Tattle Tongue and learn the tattle rules. They will be able to identify when they need to report to and adult and when they need to problem solve instead.

Lesson 4: Students will identify jobs and careers they may enjoy.

Students will Begin with the End in Mind and have a discussion about college and jobs. Students will hear the story, When I Grow Up by Al Yankovic and create a college pennant displaying what they may want to be when they grow up.

Lesson 5: Students will learn appropriate use of personal space at school, at home, and in various scenarios.

Students will hear the story, Personal Space Camp and have a discussion and practice different using appropriate personal space.

Lesson 6: Students will be able to identify body cues for identifying feelings to improve emotional regulation.

Students will hear the story, Listening to your Body to learn how our bodies react to what is happening around us. Our tummies grumble when we are hungry, we yawn when we are tired, and our skin gets hot when we are angry. When we know how we are feeling we can ask for what we need using our words or use strategies to feel better.

Lesson 7: Student will be able to name they way they feel most often and how to ask for help.

Student will hear the story, Color Monster and have a discussion about how to sort out how they feel. Students will then write/draw the three feelings they have most often.

Lesson 8: Students will learn what being kind looks like and how small things can make a big difference at school, home, and in the community.

Students will hear the story, Be Kind. They will then write/draw a kind note to their buddy in their buddy class.

First grade

Lesson 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.

Lesson 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.

Lesson 3 Students will demonstrate emotion regulation and self-control

Students will watch a couple of YouTube clips (Donald Duck and Milan) and discuss what zone the characters are in. Calming techniques will be reviewed that were taught last year and then group will play a short game of identifying the zone they would be moved to after a situation card is read to them.

Lesson 4 Students can identify career areas they might enjoy.

I will read When I Grow Up by Al Yankovic; Students will then complete a pennant that allows them to identify what they want to be when they grow up and what college they may want to attend.

Lesson 5 Students identify forms of passive, aggressive and assertive problem solving skills

I will introduce what passive, aggressive and assertive mean then read Mean Jean so that they can identify how Jean was problem solving in the story. Students will then listen to reactions of how a problem is solved and determine as a group if it was passive, aggressive or assertive.

Lesson 6 Students will demonstrate emotion regulation and self-control

I will ask for volunteers are what they think Self-regulate mean giving them clues on how it ties to the Zones of Regulation and moving back to the green zone. A discussion will be held on its meaning and then I will read the book Soda Pop Head by Julia Cook. Afterwards we will practice a new calming strategy, Push, Pull Dangle.

Lesson 7 Student will develop a positive attitude toward work and learning through positive self-talk

I will read the book Hello Brain? by Clarissa Johnson and we will discuss as a whole group. Whole group will write some self talk sentences one needs to say to self in order to have a positive attitude toward work and learning.

Lesson 8: Students will demonstrate acceptance of others.

Students will watch a video of The Crayon Box that Talked and discussion will take place afterwards. Students will then color a picture of a crayon their favorite color so that a class crayon box can be created to display in their classroom to remind them that we are all different but special.

Lesson 9: Students will learn what being kind looks like and how small things can make a big difference at school, home, and in the community.

Students will hear the story, Be Kind. They will then write/draw a kind note to their buddy in their buddy class.

Lesson 10: Students will demonstrate appropriate ways to seek help.

Each student will be given 2 crayons to create a drawing of their favorite place to be (a place that puts them in the green zone). Counselor will observe each student to see who chooses to ask peers for help in drawing something or even help with the use of their color of crayon. A discussion will take place to discuss the importance of asking for helps with you need help due to lack of tools available or skills to draw something. Group will also discuss importance of being kind when someone asks for help.

Second grade

Lesson 1: Students will gain self awareness about how their behavior effects others and how to accept responsibility their actions.

Students will hear the story, Making Friends is an Art and then have a discussion about how the character behaved and treated his friends in the story.

Lesson 2: Students will identify emotions and how to self-regulate.

Students will hear the story, How I Feel and learn the Zones of Regulation. Students will be able to identify which zone each feeling is in and how to self-regulate when they have certain feelings.

Lesson 3: Student will identify strategies for dealing with conflict with peers.

Students will hear the story, Simon's Hook and have a discussion about the story. Students will be presenting with scenarios and decide the best strategy for each situation.

Lesson 4: Students can identify career areas they might enjoy.

I will read When I Grow Up, by Al Yankovic; Students will then complete a pennant that allows them to identify what they want to be when they grow up and what college they may want to attend.

Lesson 5: Students will be able to recognize their strengths and learn positive self talk.

Students will hear the story, Leo the Lighting Bug and share their strengths with the group. Students will learn what positive self talk is and how it can help them.

Lesson 6: Students will be able to identify how to set and reach a goals. Students will learn the steps to goal setting.

Students will hear the story Amazing Grace and identify what her goal was and how she was able to accomplish her goal.

Lesson 7: Students will learn how to be assertive when trying to problem solve in a situation. Passive, Aggressive, and Assertive

Students will hear the story, Recess Queen and identify if the character's behavior is passive, aggressive, or assertive.

Lesson 8: Students will learn what being kind looks like and how small things can make a big difference at school, home, and in the community.

Students will hear the story, Be Kind. They will then write/draw a kind note to their buddy in their buddy class.

Third grade

Lesson 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.

Lesson 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

Lesson 3. Students will demonstrate emotion regulation and self-control

Students will watch a clip titled Why do we lose control of our emotions? Afterwards they will review the calming techniques that we have previously learned and complete a handout that allows them to identify 3 triggers and 3 calming techniques that work for them.

Lesson 4. Students can identify career areas they might enjoy.

I will read When I Grow Up by Al Yankovic; Students will then complete a pennant that allows them to identify what they want to be when they grow up and what college they may want to attend.

Lesson 5. Students will use appropriate communication skills to state their needs, ideas and opinions

Students will write a social problem that they are currently dealing with at school/home. They will then watch a YouTube video on I statements and then write an I statement for their problem.

Lesson 6. Students will set academic and behavioral goals.

I will read the book Salt in His Shoes by Delores Jordan and we will discuss the 3 things that helped Michael Jordan reach his goal. Those three things are practice, determination and good will/effort. Students will then write down their academic and behavioral goal.

Lesson 7. Students will identify skills to achieve long and short term goals

Whole group will brainstorm on things that they can not do; a discussion will be held on these are actually things they can't do YET; a discussion on what skills it takes to make these things that they can do; last lesson's focus on determination, practice and good will/effort is reviewed. I will then read the book I Can't Do That Yet by Esther Cordova.

Lesson 8: Students will use problem solving strategies in social and academic settings.

Students will review How Big is my Problem graphic that was previously taught in previous years. Students will then brainstorm and discuss the Glitches and I've got this problems that their class deals with.

Lesson 9: Students will learn what being kind looks like and how small things can make a big difference at school, home, and in the community.

Students will hear the story, Be Kind. They will then write/draw a kind note to their buddy in their buddy class.

Lesson 10: Students will use appropriate communication skills to state their needs.

Each student will be given 2 crayons to create a drawing of their favorite place to be (a place that puts them in the green zone). Counselor will observe each student to see who chooses to ask peers for help in drawing something or even help with the use of their color of crayon. A discussion will take place to discuss the importance of asking for helps with you need help due to lack of tools available or skills to draw something. Group will also discuss importance of being kind when someone asks for help.


fourth grade

Lesson 1: Students will learn the importance of valuing themselves and others.

Students will hear a story called, The Invisible Boy and then have a discussion about the characters in the story.

Lesson 2: Students will identify strategies for dealing with conflict with peers.

Students will hear the story, Simon's Hook and have a discussion about the story. Students will be presenting with scenarios and decide the best strategy for each situation.

Lesson 3: Students will take a Career Inventory quiz in the computer lab at www.texasgearup.com to begin thinking about their interests and strengths and how that can help them in choosing in their future career.

Lesson 4: Students can identify career areas they might enjoy.

I will read When I Grow Up, by Al Yankovic; Students will then complete a pennant that allows them to identify what they want to be when they grow up and what college they may want to attend.

Lesson 5: Students will be able to identify how to set and reach a goal. Students will learn the steps to goal setting.

Students will hear the story, Moving Up from Chicken Soup for the Soul. Students will then identify how the main character reached small goals and larger goals. We will discuss what GRIT is and how it can help to achieve goals.

Lesson 6: Students will learn what empathy is and how to show empathy to others.

Students will hear the story, Stand in My Shoes. Students will then be given scenarios and try to describe how the other person is feeling and what the person might need in each scenario.

Lesson 7: Students will learn what being kind looks like and how small things can make a big difference at school, home, and in the community.

Students will hear the story, Be Kind. They will then write/draw a kind note to their buddy in their buddy class.

Fifth grade

Lesson 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.

Lesson 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.

Lesson 3. Students will complete a career interest inventory.

Students will complete the interest inventory online called Texas Gear Up; group will discuss how results may change as they change and get older; a discussion was held about the importance of finding a job/career that they enjoy

Lesson 4. Students can identify career areas they might enjoy.

I will read When I Grow Up by Al Yankovic; Students will then complete a pennant that allows them to identify what they want to be when they grow up and what college they may want to attend.

Lesson 5. Student will demonstrate appropriate communication skills as required for the situation

Counselor will use a dress shoe, casual shoe and flip flop as a demonstration on how just like we wear different shoes depending on the occasion we should also communicate a certain way depending on who we are talking to. Students will then work in groups to write down how they should respond to different situations depending on who they are talking to.

Lesson 6. Students will set academic and behavioral goals.

I will read School - Moving Up from the book Chicken Soup for the Kids Soul. We will discuss the story and then they will write their own goals.

Lesson 7. Students will identify skills to achieve long and short term goals

Share video clip called Introducing Perseverance to Children by Geographer Online; discuss what skill each animal had to have in order to succeed. I will then read the poem The Rose that Grew from Concrete; whole group will discuss what the concrete represented and what obstacles/challenges they may/may not face when working towards their goal or heading to middle school.

Lesson 8: Students will demonstrate how their actions can impact their school community.

Students will go through a slide show about rumors and gossip and discuss different scenarios.

Lesson 9: Students will learn what being kind looks like and how small things can make a big difference at school, home, and in the community.

Students will hear the story, Be Kind. They will then write/draw a kind note to their buddy in their buddy class.

Lesson 10: Students will demonstrate how their actions can impact their school community.

Counselor will read Mr. Peabody's Apples and group will discuss.