• SEL Lesson Week of May 16 to May 20, 2022

    Posted by Michelle Powers on 5/15/2022 1:00:00 PM

    The 2nd - 3rd grade lesson focus is on IB  UNIT: How We Organize Ourselves and the theme of innovative thinkers change societies in different ways. 

    Last week we talked about being risk-takers and innovators. You were tasked with creating teams and designing a safety device to support and protect an egg from cracking when dropped from a height.

    Activity: (eggs are in the fridge in Portable A)

    Today your teams will  build your designs with the 2 provided materials of drinking straws(12 given to each team) and ribbon (found in blue crate on projector cart) How much or little you use is up to your team. Anything your team added on to the design your team created your team needs to have brought. I have tape to help you put your designs together. Your team has 15 minutes to build your design, then we will go to the playground and do our egg drops to test your designs.

    Clean up any mess and throw away trash

     Wrap up: How did your drop go? What worked?  Would something have worked better? What would you do differently next time?

     

     Kinder, 1st, 4th, and 5th grade classes- the IB Focus is on being balanced and mindful.

    We will enjoy a short story called Decibella and Her 6-Inch Voice by Julia Cook. 

    https://youtu.be/MWl5MfjhGuE (12 min)

    Then, the students will relax and enjoy a mindfulness journey as they go on a yoga adventure in a galaxy far, far away.

    Star Wars: A New Hope (25 min)

    A Cosmic Kids Yoga Adventure

    https://youtu.be/BEPxPkQY6V8

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  • SEL lesson week of May 9-19, 2022

    Posted by Michelle Powers on 5/9/2022 7:00:00 AM

    Kindergarten - 1st grade  & 4th - 5th grade IB focus on community building and stewardship and our connections to each other, our environment and the community.

    Listen to the story Ten Tiny Things. Written by Meg McKinlay and Kyle Hughes-Odgers.

     

    https://youtu.be/AtyIWi6czJQ 

     

    Students will then go outside to clean up a section of the school yard and look to see if they can find 10 tiny things as they clean the section of the school yard. As they pick up trash they will look for 10 tiny things like in the story and reflect on the nature around them. Looking and listening for links to their connections to the community, their place in the community, the environment. How they all connect together and how important it is to take time to stop and look around and explore our community and environment as well as take care of it as stewards. Remind students to use their senses, sight, hearing, and touch - but not to take anything away if they find something and want to show it to their friends. What would happen if everyone took 10 tiny things from every class? Would the students have anything to find by Friday or next time? So please look, listen, touch the 10 tiny things, but leave them for others to find too.

    Cleaning supplies are on the bookshelf by my small lamp (gloves & trash bags - 1 glove per student works best)

     

    2nd - 3rd grade Lesson focus is on IB  UNIT How We Organize Ourselves and the theme of innovative thinkers change societies in different ways. 

    Last week we talked about resilience and being risk-takers and how innovators and inventors had to have these qualities and had to be used to failure, and that failure didn’t mean a bad thing, we wouldn’t have some of the best things if we didn’t have failures.

    So today, you are going to be risk-takers and innovators and design a safety device to support and protect an egg from cracking when dropped from a height.

    Activity:

    The students will create 3-4 member teams to design a safety device to keep an egg from cracking when dropped from a height. Students will need to use innovation, invention, and be risk takers to create a safety device to protect an egg from cracking when it falls from a height. They will be required to use 2 items in their device provided by me and can come up with other items from home to add to their device, but no more than 2 more items to support their design. The 2 items they must use in their design are straws and ribbon (found in blue crate on projector cart-hold up to show)How much or little you use is up to your team. Anything you wish to add on your team must provide. I will have tape to help you put your designs together. We will watch some videos to get some ideas, and then you can research some design ideas and work on your team design for the rest of class. I need a paper with the team members listed and a drawing of your design idea by the end of class. It doesn’t have to be complete, but you do need to have some starting ideas, as next week you will build your device and test it.

    Show some youtube videos of egg drop devices

    https://youtu.be/nsnyl8llfH4  (play 3rd with volume low as students work - lots of science more for HS but great ideas)

    https://youtu.be/IYCY6s-GmQA (play 2nd)

    https://youtu.be/HjS_Pd7hpSQ  (play 1st)

     

    Students will design their egg safety devices and begin building them to do the drop the next week.

    Using various materials, students will create teams and design a safety device to protect the egg.

     

    Wrap up: ask students to review in their teams what they learned as they designed their safety device, what prior knowledge did they bring?

     

    Collect drawings/student team sheets and paper clip together, put the class teacher’s name on the top page and stack with other classes on the projector cart.

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  • SEL Lesson week of May 2 - 5, 2022

    Posted by Michelle Powers on 5/2/2022 7:00:00 AM

    The 3rd - 5th grade students will be completing the Panorama Survey

    The survey content will ask students to self-reflect on Student Competencies and Well-Being Measures, which include emotional regulation, growth mindset, self-efficacy, self-management, and social awareness.  Also included in the survey are questions on Student Support and Environment, which includes sense of belonging, teacher-student relationships, cultural awareness, and diversity and inclusion. 

    Students not completing the survey will do alternate activities like Epic, Khan academy, or Prodigy.

    https://surveys.panoramaed.com/flagstaff/login 

    Student survey QR Code

    https://www.fusd1.org/cms/lib/AZ01001113/Centricity/Domain/2681/Panorama%20survey%20student%20link%20QR%20code.png 

    Equity: Student Supports & Environments

    https://surveys.panoramaed.com/flagstaff/demo/8296d93c-ec64-4e5a-abfc-9bec7e675239 

    Student Competency & Wellbeing Measures

    https://surveys.panoramaed.com/flagstaff/demo/f2e88579-d45b-415d-b1b9-926e409bf976 

     

    Kindergarten - 2nd Lesson Focus

    IB Focus on being Risk takers and resiliency

     

    Today we are focusing on innovation and invention. How technology and human innovation has helped society. How not giving up has created resilient learners and innovation.

    If people gave up innovation and change wouldn’t happen.

    I am going to give you some names of famous people, you may have heard of them or may not, then I am going to give you the name of some products. All of the people and products are related in some way.and wouldn’t have existed without people not giving up when they failed at trying to invent something or do something hard.

    Just like them, sometimes you have to do hard things, but if you give up, you will never get the chance to do something great like these people did, or the inventors of these products did.

    Thomas Edison, - over 1, 000 attempts to find a filament that would work to invent a working lightbulb

    Albert Einstein - failing upward

    James Dyson - never gave up

    Elon Musk - innovator and inventor

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  • SEL Lesson Week of April 25-29, 2022

    Posted by Michelle Powers on 4/25/2022 7:00:00 AM

    This week in Kindergarten -2nd grade we are focusing on Mindfulness yoga

    To help us connect and ground ourselves to the here and now.

    The students will relax their minds and stretch themselves as they practice the yoga stretches.

    The students will follow along the 

    Cosmic Kids Yoga story: Lost in SPAAACE! Adventure

     https://youtu.be/e9R7_EeDHeQ 

    Spider Power Yoga Compilation (13 min)

    Cosmic Kid Yoga Adventure

    https://youtu.be/fnO-lGEMOXk 

    The 3rd - 5th grade students will be completing the Panorama Survey

    The survey content will ask students to self-reflect on Student Competencies and Well-Being Measures, which include emotional regulation, growth mindset, self-efficacy, self-management, and social awareness.  Also included in the survey are questions on Student Support and Environment, which includes sense of belonging, teacher-student relationships, cultural awareness, and diversity and inclusion. 

    Students not completing the survey will do alternate activities like Epic or Prodigy.

    https://surveys.panoramaed.com/flagstaff/login 

    Student survey QR Code

    Equity: Student Supports & Environments

    https://surveys.panoramaed.com/flagstaff/demo/8296d93c-ec64-4e5a-abfc-9bec7e675239 

    Student Competency & Wellbeing Measures

    https://surveys.panoramaed.com/flagstaff/demo/f2e88579-d45b-415d-b1b9-926e409bf976 

     

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  • SEL Lesson week of April 18 - 22, 2022

    Posted by Michelle Powers on 4/18/2022 7:00:00 AM

    4th/5th grade lesson focus is on their IB Unit Where we are in Time & Place and they will continue to focus on learning about Conflict and conflict resolution in historical and recent history. The students will be researching examples of conflict and how they were resolved.

     

    Think about how changes to the setting of the conflict or time of the conflict change how the conflict was resolved or not resolved?

     Does the time period of history, setting/place events take place, the people involved and level of technology and advancement of society affect the resolution of conflict for better or worse?

     I want you to pick a conflict to research. It can be in the past or a current conflict. 

    I want you to think about:

    1.  where the conflict takes place, 
    2. the people involved, the society involved, 
    3. the problem leading up to the conflict, and 
    4. if there was a resolution to the conflict and 
    5. what the resolution was. 

    Then I want you to think about if the same conflict had happened in a different time and place. Would it have the same outcome? 

    Would the problem and resolution have been the same or would there have been differences?

     

    In Kindergarten -3rd grade we will focus on respecting boundaries and personal space with the  members of our Puente community.

    We are focusing on Empathy and Respect this week. Part of being a good learner is being respectful of others boundaries.Using our empathy and respecting our personal and others personal boundaries when it comes to interacting with them. We can improve our relationships with the people in our community.

    First thing we need to understand is what is a boundary.

    A boundary is our personal space as well as the things we like or can tolerate or handle happening to us or around us. Some people don’t like loud noises, some people don’t like the way some things feel on their skin. Some people don’t like to be touched in certain places. We need to be mindful and respectful of these boundaries. People also have certain limits, they can handle something for a short time, but not for a long time.

    When it comes to people’s boundaries, we need to be respectful and stop pushing against their boundaries or overstepping their boundaries by continuing to do the things that upset them and cross their boundaries. When a person asks you to stop doing something or asks you to leave them alone, you need to respect their boundaries and do what they asked. STOP.

    Here are some stories that showcase how boundaries are important and what you might feel like when your boundaries are not respected at first.

    Leave Me Alone by Vera Brosgol

    https://youtu.be/BFqfFbXRrrA

     

    Enough is Enough by Barney Saltzberg

    https://youtu.be/BV7MXRQRtFk 

     

    Don’t Touch My Hair by Sharee MIller

    https://youtu.be/aPF5ZuJUkfA  

     

    Too Much! Not Enough! by Gina Perry 

    https://youtu.be/QVSomV5NsiM

     

    Activity: Draw a picture or a list of some of your personal boundaries: things that are your personal limits to share with others or reflect on.

    examples Like: 

    No playing with my hair

    I don’t like people pinching my cheeks

    I don’t like to share my favorite pillow

    My sister always holds my hand when I cross the street

    I don’t like loud noises, they hurt my ears (please don’t yell near me)

     

    Wrap up:

    Why is it important to respect personal boundaries? How can you show you respect a person’s boundaries?

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  • SEL lesson Week of April 11-15, 2022

    Posted by Michelle Powers on 4/11/2022

    This week the IB focus is on Community Building for Kindergarten - 2nd grade & Test Anxiety reduction for 3rd-5th

     

    In Kindergarten-2nd we will be doing community building activities to strengthen the bonds between students to remind them that a strong community stands together just like in the circle of recycling and plants growing they have been learning about.

     

    Activity: Mimic Me

    Students act out movements without talking:

     

    Palm trees swaying in the wind

    Tigers walking through the jungle

    Waves in the ocean

    Snakes slithering in the grass

    Rock stars playing guitars

    Monkeys eating a banana

    Caterpillars crawling on a leaf

    Mountains standing tall

    Kittens sleeping on the floor

    Leaf trembling in the tree

    Fish swimming in the pond

    Puppy chewing on a bone

    Students ready to learn

    Activity 2 Copy Cat

    Students will sit back-to-back and attempt to follow the others directions as they give them directions to draw a picture without looking at their partner.

    The purpose is to give clear and direct instructions so that the partner can follow them to draw an exact copy of the original picture.

     

    3rd - 5th grade SEL lesson is on Test Anxiety and stress reduction

     

     we will read the story The Anti-Test Anxiety Society by Julia Cook

    We will discuss T.E.S.T.

    Think

    Each

    Situation

    Through

    And discuss test anxiety reducer actions:

    The DYNAMIC DOZEN

    1. You can do well - Calm down by T.E.S.T.
    2. Don’t cram- spread out your studying during the week
    3. When studying, draw a picture of what your studying inside your head (self imagery)
    4. Exercise daily
    5. Get a good night's sleep
    6. Stay relaxed - think of a happy place
    7. Read directions slowly and carefully - ask for help if you don’t understand something
    8. Skim through the test
    9. Write down important stuff you needed to memorize down top or sides of paper so you don’t forget them later
    10. Do easy questions first
    11. On multiple choice questions cross out answers that don’t make sense
    12. Check a random 5: if time pick 5 more problems to check if correct
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  • SEL lessons Week of April 4-8, 2022

    Posted by Michelle Powers on 4/4/2022 7:00:00 AM

    Lesson focus Kindergarten - 3rd is on Environmental stewardship and taking care of our community. Connecting the ideas that we share our space with nature and each other. As stewards, it is our responsibility to look after our environment and respect our space.

    Intro:

    “Today we will be going on an Environmental mindfulness walk to help us connect with our responsibilities as environmental stewards of our community and to help us be mindful of our place here in our environment.”

    Activity: Environmental Mindfulness walk 

    Supplies: garbage bag, gloves, hand sanitizer (bags in wire supply wrack next to desk/bookcase where orange vests are located) gloves on bookcase by lamp & behind desk)

     

    “We will be putting on 1 glove to help us pick up trash as we go out in our designated area.” (pick a specific area for students to clean and observe in) “While in _______________ area you will pick up trash, and bring it to my garbage bag. As you are picking up trash, I want you to notice everything around you. Listen for the birds singing, look for animals, look at the trees, the sky, listen for other sounds, look for any signs of other animals, look to see what plants you can find growing. Also see if you can find anything interesting to look at. HOWEVER, there are some rules for our mindfulness walk.

    1. The only things we pick up are things that don’t belong or need removal - like trash, clothing, and water bottles/lunch boxes for example.
    2. We leave nature and the interesting things we see alone - we look with our eyes, not with our hands - we can show people but leave it so others can find it too.
    3. You may work in groups or individually, but we all stick together in our designated clean up area, if we work hard, and are really mindful of our space and share what we see, hear, and feel on our walk; we may have time at the end for a little free time.”

     

    Conclusion:

    Once the area is cleaned up and students have begun to slow down in their sharing of what they are seeing, hearing, or noticing, call the group back together, having them throw away their gloves. Have the students share out 1 thing they enjoyed most or surprised them most on the walk. (once done, if last few minutes of class, let students play on the playground - unless no free space -in that case, return to class- if time, they can just relax and talk quietly)

     

    4th/5th grade lesson focus is on their IB Unit Where We are in Place & Time. They will continue to focus on learning about conflict and conflict resolution in historical and recent history. The students will be researching examples of conflict on their ipads and how they were resolved, answering questions about their research.

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  • SEL lessons week of March 28 to April 1, 2022

    Posted by Michelle Powers on 3/28/2022 7:30:00 AM

    Kindergarten -3rd grade lesson focus: 

    IB focus on being Caring and balanced learners as Stewards of the community

    Our focus in Kindergarten is on the IB Unit of Sharing the Planet and the focus of taking care of communal spaces. The 1st - 3rd grade focus is on relating the stewardship of the community to taking care of our environment.

    Kindergarten Activities focus:

    Creating posters to remind students to care for the environment and keep our environment clean, neat, and well cared for.

    1st - 3rd grade activity focus: mindfulness environment walks to focus on the environment and focus on cleaning up, straightening, and organizing the environment around school to make it a better, more appealing environment for play and learning inside and outside the classroom.

    4th/5th grade Lesson Continues focus on IB Unit Where We are in Place and Time.

    We are discussing the definition of conflict. What conflict means and what conflict looks like in our environment. We will eventually look at conflict resolution. 

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  • SEL week of March 21 to 25, 2022

    Posted by Michelle Powers on 3/21/2022 7:00:00 AM

    This week, the 2nd grade will be completing the district mandated 2nd grade social health curriculum lessons with the focus on what are good touches, what is a bad touch and what are confusing touches and what should a person do if someone is touching or making them do something that makes them feel bad, confused, or uncomfortable. Focusing on self-advocacy, assertiveness, and safety.

    Activity:watch the 2nd grade- videos numbered 5, 6, & 7 of Safer, Smarter Kids 2nd Grade & practice “I-messages” hand out coloring books on My Body Belongs To Me to go home.

     

    The 4th & 5th grade will be focusing on their IB Unit 5: Where We Are In Time And Place: focusing on 

    Understanding historic and contemporary conflicts and how they resolve(d) those conflicts. We will focus on understanding what conflict is, defining it, and discussing how conflict is resolved. 

    Activity: define conflict, discuss what conflict looks like in different settings, discuss in small groups how to resolve conflicts; create charts & do poster sharing activity where groups share their groups brainstorming for conflict resolutions. Review how conflict settings, history, people involved, and other factors may have influenced conflict and resolutions to conflict over time.

    3rd grade will focus on how we have a connection to the earth and a responsibility to be guardians to our environment. We will engage in environmental stewardship discussions.

    Activity -  weather dependent taking an environmental mindful walk using the guardian of the environment lens to look at our surroundings, acting as environmental stewards to take care of our environment and record the environment and making connections. Alternate activity is making environmental steward posters showing our stewardship and connections to the environment and my community guardianship. 

    In Kinder and 1st  - our focus will be on being reflective and open-minded learners and accepting themselves and that challenges are steps, not stops. Everyone struggles, perseverance is Key. 

    The activity this week will be on practicing writing, reading, and drawing activities that are a little challenging. With the focus on not giving up, but keep going even if it is hard. Groups will rotate through different activities that focus on writing, reading a passage or or tracing an intricate pattern that will require focus, patience, and perseverance. We will start with a story on perseverance and then transition to the different stations to practice focus, patience, and perseverance.

     

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  • SEL Lessons Week of February 28 to March 4, 2022

    Posted by Michelle Powers on 2/28/2022 7:00:00 AM

    This week the lessons will focus on being principled IB learners through honesty and integrity, as the students explore stories like "The Boy Who Cried Wolf" and "What If Everybody Did That?"

    In our Kindergarten through 3rd grade classes we will do activities to focus on being principled learners and showing integrity.

    In the 4th and 5th grade classes they will continue to focus on their exploration of Who We Are IB Unit thinking about their identity and how honesty and integrity play a part in their behavior. They will work to finish up their identity charts for their IB Unit.

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