During January, 4th and 5th grade students used Nearpod to explore Digital Citizenship and Cyber-safety Rules. Parent may view the Nearpod lesson through the pdf below.
Students in all grades learned how to be a Social Detective this month. We read the book You are a Social Detective! by Michelle Garcia Winner. Students learned how we each have unique "smarts" but everyone has social smarts. We use our social smarts to figure out what behavior is expected in the different places we play, learn and go. We also learned that people around us have different thoughts and feelings about our behaviors. Our behaviors can cause some to move to a different place on the Mood Meter.
Students learned to use their eyes, ear and brains to figure out what is expected. Ask your child to explore expected and unexpected behaviors with you and where that may put someone on the Mood Meter. This is how you can practice being a Social Detective and using your social smarts!
This month students are learning that some feelings are strong and need to be managed (like anger). Counselors read the book, Anh's Anger by Gail Silver to students. They also watched a video called "Hand Model of the Brain for Kids" on you tube (see below) and learned about "flipping their lid". The students learned strategies to use when they feel angry including a calm down dance.
During September SEL Lessons, Mrs. Goodwin and Ms. Ashorn visited all classrooms to introduce Social Emotional Learning and the Mood Meter. The Mood Meter is a tool from the RULER Approach to SEL from the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. Watch the video below to learn more about the Mood Meter. Please ask your students to explain the Mood Meter and practice sharing their feelings at home using this tool.
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