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Woodbury Advisory: April

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

Fairness

Fairness

(think of dividing an orange into equal sections to share fairly with friends)

Play by the rules

Take turns and share

Be open-minded; listen to others

Don’t take advantage of others

Don’t blame others carelessly

Treat all people fairly

6th Grade

Introduce and Discuss Fairness

  • Discuss as a group what it means to be fair or the concept of fairness.
  • Read each of the following statements aloud on the attached document.
  • Students will decide if the scenario is fair or not fair. If they think it's fair, they'll give you a thumbs up and explain what's fair about it. If they think, "That's Not Fair," they'll give a thumbs down, then explain what is not fair about it AND how they could change it to make it fair.

Autism Awareness is Friday, April 2nd - Wear Light Blue!

  • April is Autism Awareness Month watch the attached video(s) and/or read the attached article, to give students a better understanding of what Autism is.

Report Cards (Review on or after the 10th)

  • Meet with each student and review their grades for the 3rd quarter report card, review the goals for success sheet completed after 1st quarter.
  • Edit their goals as needed to be successful for the 4th quarter.
  • Help students start thinking about goals for next year and how they can achieve those goals.

Fairness Video/Discussion

The concept of equality versus equity is a difficult one for children - and sometimes even adults! - to grasp. When we think of fair, we often think of sharing, of equal portions. But fair isn't always equal. Equity asks us to level the playing field to make things fair, essentially giving people what they need to even things out.

-Watch the video called "Looking After Louis"

-Ask the students to talk about situations such as the one in the book.  

-Have them discuss why fair isn't always equal.

Earth Day! (Before or on the 22nd)

  • Earth Day is honored around the world on April 22, although larger events such as festivals and rallies are often organized for the weekends before or after April 22. Many communities also observe Earth Week or Earth Month, organizing a series of environmental activities throughout the month of April.
  • Watch the video to give students an understanding of how we are impacting the Earth.

Fairness Questions

Discuss some or all of the questions as you see fit.  Students could discuss as a whole, in small groups, or create posters to explain their thinking.

  1. What is "fairness?"

  2. How do you know when something is unfair?

  3. Does being fair mean you always treat people equally? Explain your answer.

  4. How many people here think the world is unfair and there's nothing you can do about it?

  5. Do you think it's true that you don't really understand what "fair" is because you are too young?

  6. Do you think there is a definition of fairness everyone could agree on? If so, what might that definition be?

  7. Should gender or class be disregarded when someone is being punished?

7th Grade

Introduce and Discuss Fairness

Introduce the theme of Fairness.  Have students talk as a whole group or small group about the following questions:

  • What does treating people fairly mean?
  • Does fairness mean everyone gets the same thing? or Is fair equal?
  • Does fairness mean enforcing the same rules for everyone?
  • Is it possible to treat everyone fairly?

Autism Awareness is Friday, April 2nd - Wear Light Blue!

  • April is Autism Awareness Month watch the attached video to give students a better understanding of what Autism is.
  • Complete the attached activity.

Report Cards (Review on or after the 10th)

  • Meet with each student and review their grades for the 3rd quarter report card, review the goals for success sheet completed after 1st quarter.
  • Edit their goals as needed to be successful for the 4th quarter.
  • Help students start thinking about goals for next year and how they can achieve those goals.

Fairness Activity

This activity will require more space for students to be effective so meet as a Co-Advisory (if possible).

You may want to print out the activity that is attached and read ahead for directions.

Earth Day! (Before or on the 22nd)

  • Earth Day is honored around the world on April 22, although larger events such as festivals and rallies are often organized for the weekends before or after April 22. Many communities also observe Earth Week or Earth Month, organizing a series of environmental activities throughout the month of April.
  • Watch the video to give students an understanding of how we are impacting the Earth.

 

Fairness Questions

Discuss some or all of the questions as you see fit. Students could discuss as a whole, in small groups, or create posters to explain their thinking.

  1. Can you think of an example where it might be fair to give someone an extra advantage?

  2. What do you think of the statement that whether you think of consequences or not, they're still there?

  3. What does being fair have to do with one's character?

  4. Do you agree that it's necessary to walk in someone's shoes before you decide what is fair?

  5. What do you think about the statement, "It's easy for us to define what's fair when it's not about us?"

  6. Have you ever been punished in a way you felt was unfair? What was unfair about it?

  7. If you had a chance to serve on a teen court, do you think you would be able to make fair decisions? What if the person you were reviewing was a friend of yours?

  8. How do you hold onto strict principles of fairness? Is it possible?

  9. What are "assumptions?" How do assumptions play a role in fairness?

  10. What responsibility do we have when we see someone being treated unfairly? What does our response to unfairness to others have to do with our character?

  11. Is there nothing we can do when something is unfair?

  12. What is your own personal passion that you can express by making a difference in this world?

  13. What are some little things you can do to make life more fair?

  14. What do you think Mahatma Gandhi meant when he said, "be the change you want to see?

8th Grade

Introduce and Discuss Fairness

Have the students discuss the following in small groups and then share as a larger group:

  • Describe what our society (school; national; world) might be like if nobody was accountable for their actions, if nobody kept their commitments.

Autism Awareness is Friday, April 2nd - Wear Light Blue!

  • April is Autism Awareness Month watch the attached video to give students a better understanding of what Autism is.

Report Cards (Review on or after the 10th)

  • Meet with each student and review their grades for the 3rd quarter report card, review the goals for success sheet completed after 1st quarter.
  • Edit their goals as needed to be successful for the 4th quarter.
  • Help students start thinking about goals for next year and how they can achieve those goals.

Fairness Activity

  • Complete the following activity.
  • As a class, make the following two lists:
    • a list of things we sometimes do in our personal lives that are unfair
    • a list of things we do as a society that are unfair
  • What could be done to rectify these injustices so we can cross them off the list?
  • Whose responsibility is it to correct the injustices in our society?
  • How could you contribute to the effort?
  • How could we do better in our personal lives? 

Earth Day! (Before or on the 22nd)

Earth Day is honored around the world on April 22, although larger events such as festivals and rallies are often organized for the weekends before or after April 22. Many communities also observe Earth Week or Earth Month, organizing a series of environmental activities throughout the month of April.

Why do we need an Earth Day?

Because it works! Earth Day broadens the base of support for environmental programs, rekindles public commitment and builds community activism around the world through a broad range of events and activities. Earth Day is the largest civic event in the world, celebrated simultaneously around the globe by people of all backgrounds, faiths and nationalities. More than a billion people participate in our campaigns every year.

What can I do for Earth Day?

The possibilities for getting involved are endless! Volunteer. Go to a festival. Install solar panels on your roof. Organize an event in your community. Change a habit. Help launch a community garden. Communicate your priorities to your elected representatives. Do something nice for the Earth, have fun, meet new people, and make a difference. But you needn't wait for April 22! Earth Day is Every Day. To build a better future, we all must commit to protect our environment year-round.

Explore the two links below or watch the video.  One is a fun activity about the impact we as individuals have on the environment.  Students can go on and try it or do it as a class.

Fairness Questions

Discuss one or both of the following, have students discuss as a whole, in groups, or create posters around these topics.

  1. What do you think Gandhi meant when he said "Be the change you wish to see?"  Do you know someone in your life you feel is doing that? What character traits do they hold that cause you to respect him or her? Do you share any of those traits?

  2. Describe something you see in your community that you think is unfair. What do you think should be done about it? What role could you play in making that change?

Year Book Activity - Mid month

It’s that time again for the yearbook advisory activity!  Please help with this fun activity at your earliest convenience (before vacation).  The more details the better.

Ask students: What are some of your favorite memories from this school year?  (class projects, teacher sayings, Olympic events, sports, UA’s, afterschool events, etc.)

- Brainstorm ideas with the kids.

- Jot down the ideas on your laptop and send them to Damian Millas in an e-mail.

- Or, take notes on paper and leave them in Damian's mailbox.

- Informal, bulleted lists or webs are great.

- Short and sweet details are what I'm looking for.