Students in Kinder and 1st 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!
For February, we focused on the challenging task of being honest without hurting someone's feelings. We began with a discussion about what is honesty and the importance of it. Then, we read the book Being Frank (check it out below) which tells the story a little boy who struggles with being a little too honest. This creative and clever book teaches kids to always stay honest, but to use their social detective skills to be mindful of how their feedback affects others. We discussed the difference between "feel good feedback" vs. "constructive crisiticism". At the end of the lesson, students had an opportunity to role play practice giving the two different types of feedback.
*Please note that 5th graders have a modified schedule and will be receiving the December lesson on the Meta Moment and Growth Mindset.
During January, students learned another tool to use for problem solving. It connects well with our lessons on Dealing with Anger/ Flipped Lid and taking a Meta Moment. Students in K-1 read The Grouchies while students in 2-4 read What Do You Do with a Problem? Next, we discussed the 4 step process to solving a problem. We focused heavily on how to say the problem without blame as well as exploring which consequences are best for both parties. Last, we watched a video from the Second Step curriculum that shows the STEP process in action.
* Due to a modified schedule for 5th grade, please note they did the November lesson on Empathy.
Parents, Please see the attached file for ways to continue the discussion at home.
Our November lesson is on social awareness and building empathy and compassion.
We began by watching a fun Sesame Street video that defines Empathy (below).
To further our students' understanding of empathy, we read a book and used the Mood Meter to identify how the characters were feeling.
K-2nd: The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig
3rd: The Invisible Boy, by Trudy Ludwig and follow up lesson with The Judgmental Flower, but Julia Cook
4th: Stand in My Shoes by Bob Sornson
*5th Grade will receive October's Lesson on Emotion Regulation due to Live Oak
If time allowed at the end of the lesson, students read scenarios and used their Empathy Detective skills to decide how the person would feel using the Mood Meter.
Parents, please download the files below to continue a conversation about empathy and compassion at home.
During September SEL Lessons, Mrs. Coulter 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.