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Class Calendar

August  2012

Week of August 6:

Welcome back to school!

Social skill lessons:

Kindergarten: Introducing the Incredible 5 Point Scale and How is Your Engine Running

2nd grade: Reviewing the Incredible 5 Point Scale and creating our scales

3rd grade: Reviewing the Incredible 5 Point Scale and creating our scales

5th grade: Reviewing the Incredible 5 Point Scale and creating our scales

 

Playground Pals:

All grade levels will be assessed for base line data.

 

Week of August 13th:

All grade levels will be continuing with their Incredible 5 Point Scales and will complete the first scale by the end of the week.

 

Playground Pals:

The children will become familiar with the playground "tool box" and will explore how to approach another child and ask to play.

 

August 20th:

Social Skill Lessons: The children will work on completing the second step in the 5 Point Scale program. We will discuss our newest addition to our social skills lessons- Helpful Hannah (2nd-5th grade). Our kindergarteners will work on playing a game and being a gracious winner and accpeting loss.

Playground Pals: The children will work on social skills on the playground. 3rd and 5th grade students will work on kick ball.

 

August 27th:

Social Skills lessons:

The children will discuss character traits and will brainstorm character traits which they think are important. Then, the students will be introduced to our student of the month program, using the character traits they have listed. The students will also answer their first Helpful Hannah letter and discuss their advice.

Playground Pals: The children will focus on social skills on the playground. This will be the last week for kickball.

September

Week of September 3rd:

Social Skills lessons will vary according to grade level.

Kindergarten: Idenitifying different emotions and things associated with them.

2nd grade: Playing a game with our friends and trying to meet an individual personal goal.

3rd grade: Having a conversation with our friends with at least 3 verbal exchanges.

5th grade: Completing our 5 Point Scales, having a conversation with our friends with at least 5 verbal exchanges.

Playground Pals:

Carried over by popular demand...kick ball!

 

Lesson Plans Week of September 10th

Social Skills: 2nd, 3rd and 5th grade will all work on reading body language and interpreting social situations through non-verbal communication. The children will view a power point slideshow and interpret various pictures and have class discussions. The children will also begin creating their own power point presentations on non-verbal communication.

Kindergarten: The children will work on identifying various emotions and brainstorming things that make them feel those emotions. The students will also begin to create a power point slide on an emotion of their choice.

Playground Pals: The children will continue to work on engaging children appropriately on the playground. We are working hard on getting our students to play a group game for at least 10 minutes. The upper grades prefer kickball, while our younger children have played a variety of games.

Week of Septmeber 17th:

Because of Cogat testing, the children will have Lunch and Learn on Monday and Friday this week.

On Monday, we will focus on the following-

Kindergarten: Idenitfying emotions and relating their experiences with those emotions.

2nd grade: Finding pictures that show non-verbal communication and labeling the emotions they are showing.

3rd grade: Working on Powerpoint for non-verbal communication.

5th grade: Working on Powerpoint for non-verbal communication.

September 24th

This week we will focus on listening to facts about our friends and recalling them. We will use this as an activity during our first Lunch and Learn and will also use the information to help create tiles for the sensory bulletin board in the Sensory Room. Students in 3rd and 5th will also continue to work on their power point slide on non-verbal communication.

October

Lesson Plans for the week of October 1st:

This week will be a little different because of our ½ days for conferences. Our primary focus will be on completing our tiles for the sensory room board. We will also set affective goals for the 2nd quarter. Goals will be set as follows:

Kindergarten: 1 goal, 1 reward for meeting their goal

2nd grade: 2 goals, 2 rewards for meeting their goals

3rd grade: 3 goals, 3 rewards for meeting their goals

5th grade: 3 goals, 3 rewards for meeting their goals

Each child will track the progress of his/her goal(s), as will they determine their rewards. You will receive a note from your child identifying their goal(s) if you would like to support them at home.

Please note- this assignment will not be graded on whether or not your child meets his/her goal(s), rather upon the setting of the goal(s) and rewards, tracking their progress and their reflection at the end of the 2nd quarter. This will serve as an ongoing classwork grade.

Week of October 8th:

This week we will be busy with Interim Testing but in the time that we do have for social skill lessons, we will focus on setting personal rewards for the goals we set last week. The children will all receive their new daily behavior sheets and will learn their new goals. We will also discuss the character trait of the month and ways to display it.

Week of October 15th:

During our first Lunch and Learn lessons this week we will go over the homework for the week. Then we will begin drafting a thank you note to someone at school. Each student will choose someone they would like to thank. For my younger students we will draw a picture and write a few sentences, but my older students will create a card.

Later in the week we will discuss and plan activities for our class community service project- Rally for Recess. The children will begin to create posters and discuss why it is important to be an active part of our school community. Social skills we will focus on are- listening to others ideas, respecting our friends, working as part of a team, giving compliments, and completing tasks.  

Please note that this week you will receive your child’s personal goal letter. On Friday we will review their personal goals and I will note if they met it or not on their Friday daily behavior sheet. I am really looking forward to the children having ownership on their daily goals!

Week of October 22:

The only grade levels that will be able to have Lunch and Learn as well as Friendship Friday are 3rd and 5th due to ITBS testing. My 5th graders will be working on their Rally for Recess project and my 3rd graders will work on test taking strategies.

Week of October 29th:

This week in Lunch and Learn we will be focusing on working together on a project and respecting one another’s ideas. The children will work on posters for our Rally for Recess project. They will plan the poster with another child and work in groups of two to complete them. We will also take a few minutes at the beginning of each session to share ways that we have shown thoughtfulness this month.

Lessons for the Week of November 5th:

Kindergarten: Essential Question: How do I listen attentively in class?

2nd grade: Essential Question: How do I handle another person’s anger?

3rd grade: Essential Question: How can I better control my reaction to failure?

                 Essential Question: What are three things I can do well?

5th grade: Essential Question: How can I express my emotions in a productive way?

     Essential Question: How can I use social stories to help me be a successful student?

Week of November 12th:

Kindergarten: Essential Questions: How do I listen attentively? and How do I accept the consequence of my actions?

2nd grade: Essential Questions: How can I give helpful advice to my friends? and How do I remain on task while others are distracting me?

3rd grade: Essential Questions: What is Architects of Peace and what do I need to do to be a member? and How can I give helpful advice to my friends?

5th grade: Essential Questions: How can I express my emotions in a productive way?, How can I respond calmly to failure? and What is Architects of Peace and what do I need to do to be a member?

Week of November 26th: Any homework the kids have will be given to them directly in our class.

Kindergarten: Essential Question: How do I express my anger verbally? and How do I remain on task while others are distracting me?

2nd grade: Essential Question: How do I remain on task while others are distracting me?

3rd grade: Essential Questions: How can I communicate my anger with non-aggressive words? and How can I give helpful advice to my friends?

5th grade: Essential Questions: How can I express my emotions in a productive way? and How can I give helpful advice to my friends?

December:

Lesson Plans for the Week of December 3rd:

2nd grade:  Essential Question- How can social stories help me fit in and have fun with my friends?

5th grade: Essential Questions: How can I control my anger by using skill steps to keep self-control?

 How can I express my emotions in a productive way?, What are words that spark anger? Do I have a short or long fuse?

3rd grade: Essential Question: What are words that spark anger? Do I have a short or long fuse?

Kindergarten: Essential Question: How do I give a compliment?

 

Essential questions for the week of December  10th:

Kindergarten: Essential Question: What are good manners? Essential Question: How do I get a person’s consent before borrowing property?

1st grade: Essential Question: How do I listen attentively when the teacher or another person is speaking? How do social stories help me in the classroom?

2nd grade: Essential Question: How can social stories help me fit in and have fun with my friends? Essential question: How can I explore my feelings about myself?

3rd grade: How can I explore the way I feel about myself?

5th grade: Essential Questions: How can I express my emotions in a productive way? How can I explore the way I feel about myself?

Lesson Plans for the week of January 14th:

Kindergarten: Essential Questions: What is anxiety? and What are some tools that can help me calm down when I am nervous?

1st grade: Essential Question: What is special about me?

2nd grade: Essential Questions: What is anxiety? and What are some tools that can help me calm down when I am nervous?

3rd grade: Essential Question: How can I handle my anxiety? and Architects of Peace on Thursday

5th grade: Essential Questions: How can I express my emotions in a productive way?, How can I handle my anxiety? and  How can I control thoughts from causing anxiety?

Lesson Plans for the Week of January 21st-

Kindergarten: Essential question: What is the size of a problem?

1st grade: Essential Question: What is special about me?

2nd grade: Essential question: What is the size of a problem?

3rd grade: Essential Question: What are poisonous and antidotal thoughts when we are experiencing anxiety?

5th grade: 5th grade cold write and Architects of Peace

Lesson Plans for the Week of January 28th:

Kindergarten: Essential Question: What is the difference between literal and figurative language?

1st grade: Essential Question: How do I accept consequences without complaining?

2nd grade: Essential Question: What is the difference between literal and figurative language? and What is an idiom?

3rd grade: Essential Question: Can I apply the strategies I have learned to handle anxiety?

5th grade: Essential Questions: How can I express my emotions in a productive way?, Can I apply the strategies I have learned to handle anxiety?, and How can I prepare for Middle School?

Lesson plans for the week of February 2nd: These lesson plans will be carried over to the week of Feburary 18th due to my absence last week.

Kindergarten: Essential Question: What are behaviors that prevent others from wanting to be my friend?

1st grade: Essential Question: How do I control my anger with my peers?

2nd grade: Essential Questions: How can I look at a situation from another person’s point of view? and How do I wait paitently and accept if it doesn’t go my way?

3rd grade: Essential Questions: How can I apply what I have learned about anxiety to a real life situation? and What is social thinking and how does it relate to sharing space with others?

5th grade: Essential Questions: How can I express my emotions in a productive way? and How can I prepare for Middle School?

Lesson plans for the week of February 11th:

Kindergarten: Essential Question: What are behaviors that prevent others from wanting to be my friend?

1st grade: Essential Question: What can I do to be a better friend?

2nd grade: Essential Question: What can I do to be a better friend?

 

3rd grade: Essential Question: How can I show someone that I am listening when we are having a conversation?

5th grade: Essential Question: How can I prepare for Middle School?

 

Week of February 25th

Kindergarten through 5th

Essential Question: If I had one wish, what would it be and why?

How can I apply the social skills I have learned on turn taking, being a good sport and a gracious winner when playing a game with my friends?

 

 

Week of March 5th:

This week we will begin our Heartprints 2 week unit. I cannot wait to see how this unit impacts our kiddos! The essential question is the same for every grade level: How can I use compassion to make someone else feel better?

For K-2 grade we will also have the opportunity to work with a book titled, "My Mouth is Like a Volcano". We will be focusing on how our words impact others.

Lesson plans for the week of March 18th:

Kindergarten:

Essential Question: What strategies can I use to prevent myself from interrupting?

Essential Question: How can being flexible help us?

 

1st grade:

Essential Question: How can being flexible help us?

 

2nd grade:

Essential Question: How can being flexible help us?

Essential Question: What Heartprints have I made this week?

 

3rd grade:

Essential Question: How can being flexible help us?

Essential Question: What Heartprints have I made this week?

 

4th grade:

Essential Question: What are my good character traits?

 

5th grade:

Essential Question: How do I control my emotions until I get to a safe place to release them?

Essential Question: What Heartprints have I made this week?

 

Lesson plans for the remainder of the 2012-2013 school year!

As our year comes to a close, we are going to have a few different things we are working on-

 We have recognized different children throughout the school year for character traits they have displayed. Now it is their peers turn to nominate them! We will begin by reviewing various character traits and discussing what a person may do who displays them. Then, we will talk about what it means to nominate someone for something. For my younger students we will discuss how to write two to three sentences explaining how to nominate someone for an award, but for my older students, they will be expected to write 3-5 sentences nominating each of their social skills classmates to receive an award for one of the character traits. This will be a multiple day lesson and for some may span for the remainder of our time together this school year.

For those students who have additional class sessions with me, we will list all of the things we have learned about in social skills this year. The students will discuss what accomplishments they feel they have made and give examples. They will also draft goals for the upcoming school year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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