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Classroom Lessons

November 
Every month, I go into each classroom to give a guidance lesson based on a different social emotional topic. November's topic is Coping Skills. We talk about coping skills in November after we learn to  identify, understand and express emotions our emotions in October. Students will learn how to cope with the big emotions we touched on last month. 
 
 
 
 
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Kindergarten: To introduce the concept of coping skills, Kindergarten played "coping skills bingo". The students learned over 20 ways to cope with their emotions such as taking deep breaths, counting to 10, walking in nature, drawing and many more.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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First: We are using the book "Clark the Shark" to help students learn how to control their emotions, bodies, and decisions. Students were able to play hot potato with Clark himself and display their knowledge of self-control. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Growth Mindset BooSecond: For our older students, we are focusing on our "circle of control". Students learned how situations inside the circle are IN our control, and situations outside our circle are OUT of our control. 
 
 
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Week of Respect 
Clara Barton Elementary recognizes the Week of Respect from October 4-8th,  in order to teach students how to respect others, our school, our community and ourselves.  This week also emphasizes the importance of character education and teaches students strategies on how to be compassionate, thoughtful, caring people in and outside of school. This week is but one of the many weeks throughout the year we foster and promote an environment of respect for all students in order to create a positive school climate for growth and learning.
 
 
 
Kindergarten: Kindergarten learned how to be respectful at home, school, in the community and to the earth by making these amazing hats. Class
 
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First: First grade showed how they can be respectful at home, school, or in the community through these respect flipbooks. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Second: Second grade showed how they can respect "otters"!kids
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October
 
Every month, I go into each classroom to give a guidance lesson based on a different social emotional topic. October's topic is Emotional Identification and Regulation. We will be talking about identifying, understanding and expressing emotions. Some of the books we will read are:
 
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Kindergarten: We are using the book "The Color Monster" to identify different emotions. Once you identify emotions, you can more easily recognize and regulate when they are out of control. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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First: We are using the book "The Boy with Big Big Feelings" to help students learn to differentiate between small and large emotions, and how to properly cope with the size your emotions. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Growth Mindset BooSecond: For our older students, we are focusing on our "growth mindset" and how to regulate ourselves to grow even when we are feeling upset. 
 
February 
 
spotEvery month, I go into each classroom to give a guidance lesson based on a different social emotional topic. February's topic is Kindness. We are using the book "A Little Spot of Kindness" to promote kindness. 
 
Kindergarten students drew amazing pictures about how they could be kind at home, at school, or even to the planet. All first and second grade students participated in a special activity where they created their own spot of kindness! Look how amazing they turned out! 
 
 
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Here are some Kindness Resources you can use at home!
 

 

 
 
 
March
 
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Every month, I go into each classroom to give a guidance lesson based on a different social emotional topic. March's topic is Emotional Identification and Regulation. We are using the book "The Color Monster" to identify different emotions. Once you identify emotions, you can more easily recognize and regulate when they are out of control. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Here are some Emotional Identification and Regulation Resources you can use at home! 
 
 

 

 
 
April
Every month, I go into each classroom to give a guidance lesson based on a different social emotional topic. April's topic is Friendship. Each grade is using a different book to introduce, expand, or solidify the concept of friendship to our CBS students.  
 
 
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Kindergarten: "Peanut Butter and Jellyous". This book shows that friendships can get sticky when Peanut Butter starts hanging out with other friends besides Jelly. The two best friends learn to stick together...while making room for new friends!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
SandwihcFirst: "We Don't Eat Our Classmates!" This book teaches important lessons about empathy, getting along, and following the rules. The students got to make their own 'Friendship Sandwiches" and write about their best friend. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
PigSecond: "A Normal Pig". This book celebrates all our differences and shows that you can be friends with those who are difference from you. Students made their own pig with all the things that are special about them.