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Woodbury Advisory: October

A guide to activities and themes to cover with advisory classes.

Trustworthiness

Trustworthiness (think true blue)

Be honest

Don’t deceive, cheat, or steal

Be reliable — do what you say you’ll do      

Have the courage to do the right thing

Build a good reputation

Be loyal — stand by your family, friends, and country 

6th Grade

Cheating Articles and Activity

Cooperative Learning Activity: Cheating Hurts

  • Have the students form groups of three or four.
  • Give each group a sheet of paper and a marker.
  • Ask students to select someone to record the group’s ideas in large lettering on the paper.
  • Say: The object is to list as many reasons as possible explaining why cheating is wrong. Remember to look beyond superficial self interest – a response like “I might get in trouble” is acceptable, but there’s more to it than that.
  • When time is up, one member from each group will report to the whole class. 
  • While the students are generating their lists, make your own. You might include the following points:

• You lose the teacher’s trust that you will do your own work.
• Your friends learn that you can’t be trusted – if you can’t be trusted in school, why should they trust you to keep a     secret or tell the truth?
• You lose your self-respect and pride – do you really want to think of yourself as a cheater?
• You lose your self-respect and pride – do you really want to think of yourself as a cheater?
• When you cheat you are lying to other people about how much you know – do you really want to be a liar?
• If you can justify cheating, you’ll probably end up lying more about other things. “Once you tell one lie, you need to create a whole bodyguard of lies to protect it.” -- Winston Churchill
• Cheating is like robbing from students who are honest.
• If you get into the habit of cheating when you’re young, you’ll find it easier to cheat when you’re older.
• Cheating is taking something that you haven’t earned – is this any different than stealing? Explain.

Penny Activity

Complete the following activity with your advisory group.

Penny Activity

What Does Being Trustworthy Mean to You?

Come together with your co-advisory to share the topic of trustworthiness.

  • Have students break up into pairs (not with students in their advisory).
  • Have students share what they have learned about themselves in regards to being trustworthy.
  • Then come together as a whole group to discuss the following question:
    • Some adults say that your generation cannot be trusted, that you've lost the values from past generations. Do you agree, or disagree?

Bullying Prevention Month

October is National Bullying Prevention Month

  • Watch some or all of the clips on bullying
  • Discuss each video with students as you are watching. Talk about the different roles:  the victim, the bully, and the bystander (talk about this role before doing any other activities to ensure students understand)

Bullying Activity

Promote school-wide awareness of bullying issues with a poster contest.

Divide your advisory into three groups.

Each group will create a poster representing the role of:

  • the bully
  • the victim
  • the bystander (you may need to define bystander)

Have each group share their posters with the advisory.

Hang the posters outside your room for others to view.

Start Door Designs by the 23rd! Red Ribbon Week is celebrated October 26th through October 30th.

RED RIBBON WEEK! - COMPLETE AS A CO-ADVISORY

Red Ribbon Week is a United States education and prevention initiative to raise awareness about the dangers of drugs and alcohol. During the official Red Ribbon Week celebrated in October every year, the initiative promotion encourages students nationwide to make a pledge to live drug and alcohol free.

Inform students of what will be going on the rest of Red Ribbon Week, put reminders up in your classroom.

HISTORY Enrique (Kiki) Camarena was a Drug Enforcement Administration Agent who was tortured and killed in Mexico in 1985. Agent Camarena believed that one person would make a difference. His sacrifice serves as a catalyst to encourage others to make a visible commitment to eradicating drug abuse from our homes, schools, communities and nation. The National Family Partnership (NFP) and its network of individuals and organizations (including Informed Families/The Florida Family Partnership) continue to deliver his message of hope to millions of people every year.

Activities:

Monday:

  • Anti-drug hand out bracelets and ribbons (intent to challenge students to wear for the full week).
  • Watch the attached videos and discuss with your co-advisory.

Tuesday:

  • Mix it up lunch, eat by Advisories for different social connections.  
    • Students are NOT allowed to bring their phones to lunch with them on the Mix it up lunch!

Wednesday:

  • Co-Advisory door decorating for anti-drug/healthy lifestyle contest during Directed Study (all week as needed).

Thursday:

  • Co-Advisory anti-drug pledge/signature banner during Directed Study.

Friday:

  • Red Day (one spirit day vs a full week to max attention and effort).
  • Finish the door decorating and any videos missed on Monday.

7th Grade

Ashton Kutcher Speech (This would be a good introduction to the advisory theme)

When accepting Nickelodeon’s 2013 Teen Choice Ultimate Choice Award, its equivalent of the Lifetime Achievement Award, Kutcher gave a speech on what he learned as a child that got him where he is today. The lesson? Be yourself, be smart, build a life, and seek opportunity how it comes.

Trustworthy Self Assessment Checklist

Have the students take the attached self assessment checklist on being trustworthy.

  • Review the results as a whole group if students want to share.  
  • Talk about how they could change any areas that they selected false, and have them come up with a goal to make those changes. 

Reputation

  • Watch the video on Reputation
  • Group students to each answer one of the following questions (different for each group)
  • Have each group present what they would do in their situation

Scenarios: What would you do?

1. When you volunteered to work at a charity event, you didn’t realize that it conflicts with a trip to an amusement park with your best friends and their families. 
2. Your friends bragged to you about having vandalized school property. 
3. Your friend is having the biggest party of the year, but you promised your parents that you would babysit your little brother. You know that it’s too late to get another sitter. 

Bullying Prevention Month

October is National Bullying Prevention Month

  • Watch some or all of the clips on bullying
  • Discuss each video with students as you are watching. Talk about the different roles:  the victim, the bully, and the bystander

Bullying Activity

Promote school-wide awareness of bullying issues with a poster contest.

Divide your advisory into three groups.

Each group will create a poster representing the role of:

the bully
the victim
the bystander (make sure you have already talked about this role and what it could look like)

Have each group share their posters with the advisory.

Hang the posters outside your room for others to view.

Start Door Designs by the 23rd! Red Ribbon Week is celebrated October 26th through October 30th.

RED RIBBON WEEK! - COMPLETE AS A CO-ADVISORY

Red Ribbon Week is a United States education and prevention initiative to raise awareness about the dangers of drugs and alcohol. During the official Red Ribbon Week celebrated in October every year, the initiative promotion encourages students nationwide to make a pledge to live drug and alcohol free.

Inform students of what will be going on the rest of Red Ribbon Week, put reminders up in your classroom.

Activities:

Monday:

  • Anti-drug hand out bracelets and ribbons (intent to challenge students to wear for the full week).
  • Watch the attached videos and discuss with your co-advisory.

Tuesday:

  • Mix it up lunch, eat by Advisories for different social connections.  
    • Students are NOT allowed to bring their phones to lunch with them on the Mix it up lunch!

Wednesday:

  • Co-Advisory door decorating for anti-drug/healthy lifestyle contest during Directed Study (all week as needed).

Thursday:

  • Co-Advisory anti-drug pledge/signature banner during Directed Study.

Friday:

  • Red Day (one spirit day vs a full week to max attention and effort).
  • Finish the door decorating and any videos missed on Monday.

8th Grade

Poster Activity

Have your advisory create a poster where they do a Frayer Model for a Trustworthy person.

  • On the poster include what a trustworthy person says, does, doesn’t say, and doesn’t do. 
  • Then discuss how we can recognize trustworthiness in others and show that we can be trusted.  
  • See attached printable version if you would rather students complete this rather than a large group poster.

Bullying Prevention Month

October is National Bullying Prevention Month

  • Watch some or all of the clips on bullying
  • Discuss each video with students as you are watching. Talk about the different roles:  the victim, the bully, and the bystander

Bullying Activity

Promote school-wide awareness of bullying issues with a poster contest. Re-enforce Safety as a school expectation.

Divide your advisory into three groups.

Each group will create a poster representing the role of:

the bully
the victim
the bystander

Have each group share their posters with the advisory.

Hang the posters outside your room for others to view.

Start Door Designs by Friday the 23rd! Red Ribbon Week is celebrated October 26th through October 30th.

RED RIBBON WEEK! - COMPLETE AS A CO-ADVISORY

Red Ribbon Week is a United States education and prevention initiative to raise awareness about the dangers of drugs and alcohol. During the official Red Ribbon Week celebrated in October every year, the initiative encourages students nationwide to make a pledge to live drug and alcohol free.

Inform students of what will be going on the rest of Red Ribbon Week, put reminders up in your classroom.

Activities:

Monday:

  • Anti-drug hand out bracelets and ribbons (intent to challenge students to wear for the full week).
  • Watch the attached videos and discuss with your co-advisory.

Tuesday:

  • Mix it up lunch, eat by Advisories for different social connections.  
    • Students are NOT allowed to bring their phones to lunch with them on the Mix it up lunch!

Wednesday:

  • Co-Advisory door decorating for anti-drug/healthy lifestyle contest during Directed Study (all week as needed).

Thursday:

  • Co-Advisory anti-drug pledge/signature banner during Directed Study.

Friday:

  • Red Day (one spirit day vs a full week to max attention and effort).
  • Finish the door decorating and any videos missed on Monday.