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October 2013 KTMS Homeroom Curriculum

Activity: Some Call it Art? Discussion Summarize Scenarios

Some Call it Art? Round 1: Have students pair up. One student will close their eyes. The other student will give verbal directions on how to draw the picture. They may not touch their partner. Show them picture 1. Allow about 4 minutes for this. Round 2: Have partners switch roles and repeat Round 1 with picture 2.

Discussion: How well did you do drawing the picture with your eyes closed with someone helping you? What made it difficult or easy to follow the other persons directions? Why? How easy was it to give the directions to your partner for them to draw? What made it hard or easy? What can this activity tell us about communication? How easy is it to explain something to someone else? How easy is it to understand what others tell us? Have any of your friends gotten mad because of something they thought they heard and later it turned out the person really didnt say that? Or something a friend posted on a social media site that was taken the wrong way? How do you communicate differently with your friends, parents, siblings, teachers, or older and younger kids?

Summarize:

How we communicate, verbally and non-verbally, shows how we feel about each other, and unkind words hurt both the person who hears them and the person who says them. On the other hand, kind words encourage others and build up the people who say them. Its important to be aware of not only the words you communicate, but what your body language communicates. Communication with adults, friends, and other students require different communication skills. If you become a good communicator, youll win more friends. Youll impress your teachers and parents, and youll even have a better chance of getting a job interview. 12 Ways to be a good communicator Speak clearly Really listen Eye Contact Do your best to understand or ask about it Be aware of body language and verbal cues (lose of interest, change the subject, or end conversation) Give feedback and ask for feedback Give examples Give your opinion if its asked for Take turns speaking Match the level and language of the person youre speaking to. (young child vs. adult) Listen for requests (this may not always be direct) Use your intuition

Scenarios Youre trying to communicate with a teacher about a problem. But he cuts you off and wont listen. What might you do to improve communication with him? Your parents ground you for a whole week for something you did. You think the punishment is unfair, but they wont listen to your explanation. What might you do? You recently got into an argument with a friend about something they said on Facebook or Twitter about you. For the next couple days you completely avoid your friend. When they finally came to talk to you, you roll your eyes and walk away. Is this the best way to resolve the situation? What would be a better way to deal with the

situation? What does body language like this look like to adults? Younger students? Older students? How could you resolve the situation without ruining a friendship?

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November 2013 KTMS Homeroom Curriculum

Activity: What is Safety? Internet Traffic Light Summarize

What is Safety? Did you know that teens are targets of crime more than any other age group? Every 19 seconds somewhere in the United States a teen is a crime victim. Becoming more safetyconscious, promoting safety, and doing your part to work for safety are all good habits to develop. Some safety-related areas include: curfews, truancy, vandalism, and online identity and interactions. When connecting with people online, the Internet opens up many opportunities. However, online communication safety is very important. While watching the video, Perspective for Chatting Online Safely, write down 3 positive and 3 negative outcomes of online interactions. Link: http://www.commonsensemedia.org/videos/perspectives-on-chatting-safely-online
TEACHER: Attached are some examples answers to the video to help guide a short discussion afterwards.

Internet Traffic Light: Put students in groups of 4-5. Materials: 1 piece per group of red, yellow, and green paper. Scenarios Handout (Attached)

Directions:

In their assigned groups have students read through the scenarios and write down their answer and why they chose it. Give them about 10 minutes. Once they are finished, as a whole class have the groups hold up the color they chose for each scenario and discuss it. (Attached are answers to the scenarios to help you lead the discussion)

Summary: (If Time) Be careful about what you share on your social media sites and other accounts. Ask your parents, or another adult if it is appropriate to share certain information for different situations. Keep your usernames/passwords for all accounts private. Do not share any of this information with anyone, even your friends. If you need to write down your passwords to remember them, make sure to keep them in a safe place where nobody else can find them. If you start to get suspicious about people trying to connect with you via social media or other accounts, don't brush it off and definitely do not accept. Make sure to find out what information they can see on your profile and make the necessary changes to remove information or make it private.

February 2014 KTMS Homeroom Curriculum


Lesson: Class Discussion Questions Individual Reflection Questions

Class Discussion Questions 1. Definition of Patience: Willingness to wait without complaint. 2. Discuss the following as a class and record on the front board: a. What does it look like or mean? (ask for student examples) b. Why is it important to have this trait? c. What consequences are there for not having this trait? i. (Important to mention how others may treat you, how this trait impacts relationships, and what opinion others may have of you,) d. Obstacles that prevent someone from having this trait. i. Examples (A persons mood, past experiences, external factors, whether or not you have relationship with others, and feelings about others. e. When and where this trait should be used. i. Examples(classroom, jobs, relationships, with friends etc) 3. Have students individually fill out the worksheet below.

Patience
1. The last time I lost my patience was when:

2. Someone I can talk to when I become impatient is: 3. Someone or something that causes me to lose my patience is:

4. Something I can do to help me stay patient when I am waiting is:

5. Staying patient with others is important because:

March 2014 KTMS Homeroom Curriculum


Lesson: Activity Discussion Questions

Activity 4. Have each student write down 5 statements about things they have done in their lives or abilities they have. Each statements should start with the phrase I have or I can.You may want to share the examples below or use yourself as an example. a. They should try to choose things they thinks others havent done. b. Examples: I have broken my arm , I have hit a home rub , I have been to Europe 5. Once they are doneLet them choose a partner. 6. One person will read the first statement and the other person will declare if they have ever done what has just been read. If they have, they receive 10 points. If they havent done what was read, the person reading receives 10 points. Then they switch who reads. 7. After 15-20 seconds have them switch partners. 8. Repeat step 3 9. After they have rotated 5 times to get through all the questions, report out scores. Discussion Questions: How many points did you score? Which statement or your own did you think was the most interesting? Of someone elses? Is getting to know someone elses likes or dislikes important? Why or why not? Is sharing your own likes or dislikes with others important? Why or why not? What happens when others get to know more about you? When you get to know more about others?

How does sharing interesting parts of your life make you feel? Does everyone have unique things that they have done or can do? Is bring unique a desired characteristic in our society? Why or why not? Do you want to always be unique? Why or why not? Is it good or bad to have the same abilities as someone else? Why? Why would you want to have some things in common with other people? What are some good ways to get to know more about other people? What are the benefits of sharing who we are with others?

(Adapted from Still More Activities That Teacher by Tom Jackson)

April 2014 KTMS Homeroom Curriculum


Lesson: Activity Summary Discussion

Materials: Deck of cards & tape

Intro: What is peacefulness? It means people know how to talk to each other and work out their differences. They are willing to cooperate and compromise. Activity Tape one card on each students back. They may not look at their card nor should students tell each other the value of their cards. Explain to students that high cards are people to be treated with respect, love, and admiration. Low cards are people to be shunned or ignored, mistreated etc. Ask students to walk around for a few minutes and interact with one another being sure to check the card on each persons back before speaking to him or her. After time is up have students reflect individually, pairs, and finally as a whole class.

Summary Discussion Questions: How did it feel to be treated someone you know? ? Has this ever actually happened to you ro

How did you feel to have to be unkind to someone else just because of the card they wore? Have you ever been expected to treat someone disrespectfully when you knew it was the wrong thing to do? How does this activity relate to stereotypes in our community? How does this activity relate to peacefulness?

May 2014 KTMS Homeroom Curriculum


Lesson: Discussion Activity Summary Discussion

Discussion Explain to students that having a sense of humor can help keep you moving when things are tough. We can learn from bad experiences or mistakes. A bad moment can make our happy moments better. It is important to have the ability to rub it off and keep trying. Dont give up. Just laugh it off and move on. Make sure people arent laughing at you, but with you.

Activity Have students get into different scenarios. Students should act out humor and celebrating differences with the following scenarios: o Tripped in the hallway o Farted loud in class accidently o Lost a contest o Didnt get the gift you wanted o Had toilet paper stuck to your shoe

Summary Discussion: Discuss how adding humor to a situation can make the person less embarrassed or humiliated. Remember to emphasize that its not what happens to you that determines your success, but how you respond or react to events.