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Woodbury Advisory: December
A guide to activities and themes to cover with advisory classes.
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?
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.
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.)
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!