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Armstrong Elementary School

Classroom Guidance

 
 
 
Mr. Ray will be visiting the teacher classrooms on a monthly basis to visit about such things as: respect, responsibility, caring, trustworthiness, fairness and being a good citizen.  Check back here to find out more details regarding what each grade level has been studying.
 
Upcoming classroom guidance visits are scheduled as follows:
 Kinder and 4th grades: Week of September 5
3rd grade: Week of September 11
1st grade: Week of September 18
2nd grade: Week of September 25
 
4th Grade Guidance
 
 

Week of September 5: 4th grade lesson on respect focused on being a super hero/villain and "bucket filling."  The differences between bucket fillers and bucket dippers was discussed.  Students assessed themselves by contrasting themselves "at my best" versus "at my worst".  Students did an exercise in which they were faced with certain behavioral decisions.  Better versus worse choices were analyzed.

Kinder Guidance
Week of September 5:  Kinder lesson about making respectful choices.  We read the book Oh No, George!  George struggles with making respectful choices; he knows the difference between good and bad choices but sometimes chooses unwisely.  George learns to make more respectful decisions with the help of Harry (his owner).
 
3rd Grade Guidance
 
 

Week of September 11: Third grade lesson about friendship and respect.  Enemy Pie by Derek Munson is one of my absolute favorite books of all time.  The narrator is upset when a new kid moves to the neighborhood because he "steals" his best friend.  Dad has a concoction to get rid of enemies----enemy pie.  The secret ingredient is that you have to spend the whole day with your enemy and be nice to him.  By the end of the story the enemy is gone (having transformed into a friend).  All sorts of lessons here like being welcoming to new students, to have a friend you must be a friend, etc.  Students completed the lesson by coming up with their own recipe for "friendship pie."

2nd Grade Guidance
 
 
 
1st Grade Guidance
 

Week of September 18: First grade read Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.  Almost everyone had read the story before; however, we read with a perspective of looking for ways Alexander could make different choices which would impact the direction his day took.  In other words, Alexander's choices contributed to his "terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day".  We then viewed a power point presentation with pictures of items.  These items appeared in the story.  Students identified the objects and told how each was related to a choice Alexander made.  Students then told a different choice Alexander could have made.


Myquiet Monkey helps Mr. Ray during classroom guidance in kinder