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Woodbury Advisory: December

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

Responsibility

Responsibility

(think green for a garden or finances or as in being solid like an Oak Tree)

Do what you are supposed to do

Plan ahead

Persevere: keep on trying!

Always do your best

Use self-control

Be self-disciplined

Think before you act — consider the consequences

Be accountable for your words, actions, and attitudes

Set a good example for others

6th Grade

What is Responsibility? (Start of the month introduce the theme)

-Introduce the theme of Responsibility.  Develop a list of what the students feel fits into the theme of responsibility.    

-Show video clips and talk with students about how they relate to the theme.

-Add anything to the list that may have come up from discussing the videos. 

Responsibility Activity

Wrap up the theme of Responsibility with the attached video and guided questions:

• What are your responsibilities at home? At school? In society? 
• What responsibilities do your parents and teachers have?
• Why did the bus driver say that the pigeon couldn’t drive the bus?
• Why would it be irresponsible to let the pigeon drive the bus?

Gifts Money Can't Buy (Sometime before winter break this should be completed)

  • Talk to students about things they could do over the holiday season to give back to others.  "Gifts Money Can't Buy"
  • Have them come up with something they will do and write it on the attached template.
  • Hang outside your classroom for all to see!

Holiday Celebration Video (Complete before winter break)

  • Watch the Video below and Explore the attached site.
  • Talk to your students about traditions they have over the holidays and how they came about.

7th Grade

What is Responsibility? (Start of the month introduce the theme)

  • Watch the attached video on teamwork and leadership.  Discuss how this relates to the theme of responsibility.
  • Hand out the chart and have the students look through the list of Top 10 Responsibilities of a student.  Have them check off all that apply to them currently and the ones they need to work on.  
  • Once they are all done they can share in a group or report out to the whole advisory.
  • See if there are any common themes among the group.
  • Address those common themes. 

Digital Responsibility

  • Show the attached videos and discuss the following questions with your advisory:
    • How does digital responsibility impact you as a Seventh Grader?
    • How can you be more responsible with your digital media?
    • If you had to give up all digital media for the day, what would you be able to do with your time instead? Give it a try! 

Activity - Poster

Have each student create a poster about themselves and how they are or can be more responsible.  You can use the attached example as a guide or let students get creative. Provide some additional guidelines/support as students work.  Share as a group when everyone is done.

You could also do one large poster as a group if students prefer.

Gifts Money Can't Buy (Sometime before winter break this should be completed)

  • Talk to students about things they could do over the holiday season to give back to others.  "Gifts Money Can't Buy"
  • Have them come up with something they will do and write it on the attached template.
  • Hang outside your classroom for all to see!

Holiday Celebration Videos (Complete before winter break)

  • Watch the attached videos.

  • Have students create a card or letter to someone important to them to give to them as a gift.  Prompts might include: "My Favorite Memory of a Holiday Past," "A Funny Thing Happened in Our Family," "What I Love Most About My Parents," or "A Lesson My Parents Taught Me." (Where appropriate, the word "Parents" could be replaced with the name of another role model in a student's life.)  

8th Grade

What is Responsibility? (Start of the month introduce the theme)

  • Watch the attached video.
  • Complete the activity.

Financial Responsibility

This may take two or more periods to complete:

  • Show students the video clip on "How to Save Money as a Teen".
  • Discuss with them what they think financial responsibility means to them as 8th grade students.  How can they help be more financially responsible in planning for their future and helping out with their families.
  • You can also show the other video which is just a fun one.
  • Read the attached article on minimum wage, or have the students read it as small groups.
  • Activity:  Have the students add up the cost of everything they have on that day.  This includes cell phones, backpacks, jackets, clothing, jewelry, etc.  Have them estimate the costs or look them up on their phones or a computer.  Then have them figure out how many hours at minimum wage earnings ($7.25) they would have to work to buy everything they have on that day.
  • Have a discussion afterwards to see on average how many hours it would take the class to earn these items. Really emphasize the findings!  

 

Gifts Money Can't Buy (Sometime before winter break this should be completed)

  • Talk to students about things they could do over the holiday season to give back to others.  "Gifts Money Can't Buy"
  • Have them come up with something they will do and write it on the attached template.
  • Hang outside your classroom for all to see!

Holiday Celebrations Video (Complete before winter break)

  • Show the attached video clip. 
  • Have students discuss what they learned from the video clips.  (Similarities and differences among cultures and their celebrations)