It's hard to believe we are in the final weeks of school. Time flies quickly when we're having fun learning at The Mill!
Guidance lessons in April and May have focused on helping our 5th graders transition to middle school as well as emphasizing summer safety for 3rd grade and internet safety for 4th grade.
We began our 5th grade lesson by sharing ideas about the coming changes that are exciting and a little bit scary for our students as they head to 6th grade. Many were excited about meeting new friends, changing classes and teachers, and having the opportunity to become involved in music programs or intramural sports. Others were a little wary of lockers and the amount of homework they may have.
After reviewing the importance of using their agendas, communicating with parents and teachers about academic or friend concerns, and always completing assignments, the students were able to practice opening a lock. Many were surpised that they could open it the first time while others took several tries to get the lock open.
The students ended the lesson by writing about how they're planning their journey to success through middle school
Ten years ago, I would never have thought that I would be teaching internet safety in 4th grade but the truth is many elementary age children have access to the internet through email, Facebook, Xbox or Play Station games. Additionally, many have cell phones with internet or texting capability. It is vitally important that parents supervise their children's access to the internet and establish rules for using social networking and game sites.
Our internet safety lesson included a discussion on "netiquette", the importance of keeping your private information safe, cyberbullying, and the danger of opening attachments. Please check out Netsmartz to help your child stay safe on the internet and make it a point to educate yourself about the ever changing dangers that internet access can often present.
In 3rd grade, our students divided into groups to create safety posters for various activities and situations that summertime can present. The posters covered several rules that would help children be safe on the computer, in the home or neighborhood, and in the park, pool or at the beach. The discussion also included car and bicycle safety, skateboarding and playing outdoor sports in the heat.
The children were able to connect the habits "be proactive" and "begin with the end in mind" to summer safety. By taking responsibility to obey their parents' safety rules and asking themselves how to be safe before starting an activity, children can learn to anticipate what could happen if they don't put safety first.
In addition to classroom guidance lessons, our students participated in Career Day on May 16th and learned about many exciting careers. Our speakers shared knowledge about what their careers entail, the education required for their careers, and what led them to their career choice.
I hope our Pickett's Mill families have a wonderful summer filled with adventures and happy times. Stay safe!
The following ASCA standards were covered in these lessons:
GC:AD-B2.1 Establish challenging academic goals in elementary, middle/junior high and high school
GC:AD-C1.6 Understand how school success and academic achievement enhance future career and vocational opportunities
Career Day: (3rd -5th)
- GC:CD-C1.1 Understand the relationship between educational achievement and career success
GC:CD-B1.8 Understand how changing economic and societal needs influence employment trends and future training
3rd and 4th grades:
GC:PS-C1.2 Learn about the relationship between rules, laws, safety and the protection of rights of the individual
GC:PS-C1.7 Apply effective problem-solving and decision-making skills to make safe and healthy choices