5th Grade

1. Meet Your School Counselor Activity- This week I introduced myself and my role as your child's school counselor. I will be teaching classroom lessons and helping your child have a great year! School Counselors often check in with students to help them with friends, schoolwork, and any not-so- good feelings. Please contact me this year if I can help your child!

2.Study skills are the skills that create good habits and organization techniques that help students be successful in school. This week in Guidance we talked about the different skills that help students be better learners.' I have you have' study skills card game.

3. Study Skills Trivia- Study Skills Trivia contains study skill statements that are either positive study habits or poor study habits. There are three categories: homework habits, independence skills, and testing skills. Students were placed into teams and identified if a statement was a positive or negative study habit and explain. Students then created their own academic goal and identified what they are going to do to reach that goal. Academic goals will be visited again at the end of the trimester and students will be able to explore how they did. Stay tuned!

4. Lift off to Leadership- Students identified qualities of a leader, read a fiction text and identified if the character was displaying leadership qualities. We then identified as a class how we can be leaders in our everyday lives. Students explored their own self-confidence and ability to succeed, as well as positive attitude toward school, learning, and peers.

5. Community Building Assumptions Activity- This week students discussed how making assumptions about others based on outward appearances limits our understanding. Students learned how to unwrap assumptions and build strong communities by truly getting to know others, seeking to understand, and being okay with differences.  Students created their own mummies where they identified facts that people would learn about them if they took the time to get to know them.

6. Community Building Assumptions Activity- This week students finished their mummies and presented them to the class.

7. Listening with attention- Listening is a skill that is necessary for effective communication and academic success. Students identified traits of a poor listener and traits of a good listener. Students identified traits that can help them be better listeners in the classroom and with their peers.

8.Gratitude- November is a perfect month to cultivate an attitude of gratitude. Expressing feelings of thanks can decrease stress and increase feelings of belonging. Mindfully focusing on things we are grateful for, helps to improve our happiness, focus, and even our health. When we spend time thinking about things we are grateful for and how they positively impact our mind and bodies,  we give our physical and mental health a boost! This week we read, The Secret of Saying Thanks by Douglas Wood. Students then participated in a gratitude game.