3rd Grade


3rd Grade

3rd Grade Lesson Plans

September: Welcome Back

Meet your school counselor 

October: Emotions and Empathy:

Feelings Lesson:  Updated Thermometer lesson plan.odt

  • Circle time.  Talk about what a thermometer is and what it measures.  We all have our own emotional thermometer.  Expressing and understanding feelings is an important tool for resolving conflicts

  • Talk about using more descriptive words to describe how we are feeling

  • Emotional thermometer key messages: 

    • We feel emotions more or less strongly at different times.  For example, it is possible to feel intensely angry or furious, or just a little angry or annoyed.

    • You can use the thermometer to show different strengths of emotion.  If you felt intensely angry you might rate the feeling a 9 or 10.  If you felt just a little angry/annoyed, you may rate a 2 or 3

    • There are not right or wrong answers when using the thermometer, it's just how you feel

    • People can have different emotions for the same event

 Introduction to Empathy

November: Conflict Resolution/Bullying

Kelso’s Choices

Bystander Lesson

December: Kindness and Gratitude

Teasing vs. Bullying Lesson

January:  Mindfulness/Anxiety and Worry

Mindfulness Lesson Plan #1

  • Have students start in a circle on the carpet. Explain how I have a new topic that has changed my life and the life of my family. Explain how our thoughts can bring on emotions and feelings that won't go away. Then introduce mindfulness as a way to be present in the moment and how we can use it to calm our minds and our bodies.  
  • Read "I Am Peace". 
  • Play "Start" video from GoZen: https://www.gozen.com/go/gotothenow/
  • Go Zen thoughts/reactions Video https://www.gozen.com/go/gotothenow/lesson-1/
  • Complete mindful minute breathing exercise with glitter jar

Anxiety and Worry Lesson Plan:

  • Go Zen

February: Self Esteem/Resilience

Self Esteem Lesson

Self Love/Self Bullying lesson

  • Self Love/Self Bullying lesson

    Have each student think about the negative things that they say to themselves on a daily basis. How do they put themselves down. Write out the insult you just said to yourself. Seeing it on a piece of paper will make it more obvious to you how hurtful your thoughts really are. When you think something like, “I am so dumb,” it likely passes through your mind so swiftly, you don’t have a chance to even register it. So many of us are so used to this kind of talk that we literally have to slow ourselves down and re-register what we are actually saying to ourselves. Writing it out is a great way to slow down and see the absurdity in your own negative self-talk.

    Negative thoughts gozen video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-dMPXBl7yA&t=53s

    Ask for volunteers to share what they have written. Ask if anyone else has ever felt that way. Point out that we are more alike that you may think. Then ask who considers themselves to be a bully (define bully first). Not many students will raise their hands.

    Have them take their statements and tell them to turn to the person next to them and imagine that they have to tell that person what they wrote on their paper...as if they are telling that person the negative statement. Would the be able to say it? Such a hurtful statement? If they said it everyday to that person, would that be considered bullying?

    Talk about the term self-bullying. Point out that unlike bullying, when you are self-bullying, there are no bystanders to step in and help.

    HOW TO STOP NEGATIVE SELF TALK

    1.  Give your inner critic a name

    2.   Talk/fight back…Say “STOP”, then ninja kick

    3.  Replace the negative with a positive

    4.  What would you say to your friend if they were saying the same thing to themselves?

    Watch love letter to yourself video  and then write a love letter to themselves

  • Watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojUrs28LeGM

March: Growth Mindset

Growth Mindset Lesson

April: Growth Mindset

Growth Mindset continued

May: Transition

Transition Lesson Plan