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Woodbury Advisory: March

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

Self-Esteem

Self-Esteem

 How we value ourselves (our self‑worth) 

Our attitude toward ourselves (how happy we are with the type of person we are) 

Our ability to manage difficult situations

Our confidence in our own abilities

How we see ourselves in our community and society (how we compare ourselves to others, and connect with those around us)

Pennies for Patients - Read in Advisory Once Campaign Begins

Pennies for Patients Campaign (Advisors please read attached script)

More information to come about the starting date of the initiative!

Origami Peace Cranes

Creating Origami Peace Cranes:

Advisors- This process may take more than one advisory period. Try your best to not waste any paper. Follow the awesome tutorial link attached for instructions on creating the origami peace cranes. When students are done making their cranes, please collect as an advisory and send them all to Mrs. Trainor's room- 209.

This process is highlighted in the book, Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes, by Eleanor Coerr. 

According to Japanese tradition, folding 1,000 paper cranes gives a person a chance to make one special wish come true. The crane is believed to live for 1,000 years and that is the meaning behind 1,000 an individual needs to fold. 

What is the significance of a paper crane?

Paper cranes are the most popular form of origami, and have transformed the meaning behind these little works of art. The crane has always been a strong symbol of success and good fortune in Japanese culture, and when folded into origami, it is believed that your heart's desire will come true.

What does the Thousand Paper Cranes symbolize?

According to Japanese legend, folding a thousand paper cranes brings a person happiness and good luck. In some versions of the story, the person may be granted a wish by the gods. In Japan, the crane is a bird of happiness – a symbol of luck and longevity.

Spread the Word to End the Word- 2022 "Champions of Change"

Connection is not only a relationship, but a shared strength developed between individuals. A strength where two individuals can feel seenheard, and valued. This upcoming year, Spread the Word will explore the need for connection and how individuals with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities need to be seen, heard, and valued in order to develop the skills of inclusion to build connection.

March is the month for “Spread the Word: Inclusion.”  Best Buddies is asking all of Woodbury, both staff and students to join the cause  Below is a link that will take you to the webpage where you can individually make the pledge. The official day in 2022 for spread the word to end the word is March 2nd.  We ask that anyone who makes the Pledge to Spread the Word Connection also sign their names on the bulletin board outside of the Health & Wellness hall here at school. 

For more information and to take the pledge, visit https://www.spreadtheword.global/ 

6th Grade

Introduce and Discuss Self-Esteem

  • Play the Spaghetti In A Hot Dog Bun video for your advisory.
  • After watching, have the students discuss what they think the story is about.
  • Then watch the self esteem video.
  •  Discuss the following based on the videos:
    • If people put you down enough you can start to believe it. Has that ever happened to you? How does it affect your self-esteem when people say insulting or unkind things to you? (ask for examples) What can you do about it when that happens?

Self-Esteem Activities

Choose between the activities listed below.  You can do them all or just a few, or feel free to find your own.

Spring Activity (Do this Activity on Monday 3/21 or after)

  • Give each student one of the activity handouts.  
  • Have them come up with things they want to leave behind in winter and positive things they hope to happen in spring.
  • Talk about self-esteem and how spring is the season of growth.

7th Grade

Introduce and Discuss Self-Esteem (May Take 2 days)

  • Watch the attached videos and discuss.
  • Complete the attached activity (modify as you like) and use the attached advertisements or bring in some magazines for students to select their own.
  • After completing the activity have students share their opinions on the advertisements based on their answers to the questionnaire.  

Self-Esteem Activities

Choose between the activities listed below.  You can do each of them, just one, or feel free to find your own.

Spring Cleaning! (Complete on or after March 21st)

  • Today is the first day of spring!  Time to do some spring cleaning..middle school style!
  • Print off copies of the Spring Cleaning Checklist for your advisory.
  • Review this checklist with your advisory and talk about the effects social media can have (especially on self esteem) Also talk about the importance of monitoring what they are posting.
  • If there is time ask the following question (from CHAT PACK):
    • What is one item you own that you really should throw away...but probably never will?

8th Grade

Introduce and Discuss Self-Esteem

  • Watch the attached videos and discuss.
  • After watching the videos discuss the following questions:
    • Do you think you have to "prove yourself" in some way in order to deserve high self-esteem?
      - Do you have to be great at something?
      - Do you have to be super-popular or part of the "in-crowd?"
      - Do you have to be terrifically good-looking?
      - Is there any reason why someone should not be entitled to have good self-esteem?

Self-Esteem Activities

Choose between activities listed below.  You can do them all, just a few, or feel free to find your own.

A Letter to Yourself

A Letter to Yourself-Reflecting Back

  • Have students each write a letter to his or her future self, detailing whatever they wish, whether it details their life at the moment, a poem, or their future goals, etc.
  • Save student letters until the end of the year (at least) or even until senior year of high school.
  • Return the letters to students and they will be able to compare and contrast themselves after a season or multiple years worth of change.

Mental Health (This May Take Two Advisory Periods to Complete)

  • Watch the attached 4 videos with your advisory.
  • After watching the videos complete the following activity or if unable to complete one of the activities you can read through the list of ten things you can do for your mental health.
    • Give each student a piece of paper and have them write down how they feel.
    • Then have them participate in one of the following movement activities (document attached or complete one of your own) involving learning about heart rate. 
    • After completing the activity have the students look back at how they felt and see if they feel any different from the beginning of the activity (hopefully they will feel more alert and upbeat).