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This resource will bring an animal-loving slant into your guidance lessons and provide you with a collection of more than 100 lessons, reproducible worksheets, games and discussion questions that are ready to use. For some of these lessons you might find it helpful to bring in a described pet from home. For others you might be able to use some of the pets found in classrooms in your school. If you cannot find a live animal ambassador you might use puppets, stuffed animals or printed animal images.
Animal-assisted guidance and therapy has been shown to increase empathy for others acting as a catalyst for the expression of emotions, enhancing self-esteem, improving self-control, expanding social competence, decreasing feelings of stress and diminishing feelings of social isolation.
Unforgettable animal-themed lessons are provided to help children learn about topics such as:
Author: Patty Stang-Erickson, Ed.S. & Val Rae Boe, M.Ed.
Cyman is a cyber-surfer who learns that the responsible use of technology and the internet can be very rewarding but abusing these technologies can often lead to some terrible consequences. After making some poor decisions, such as taking a not-so-nice picture and texting a bullying message with his cell phone, he realizes the outcome of misusing digital devices. As expected, each of Cyman’s poor judgments eventually lead to shocking, terribly embarrassing and dangerous consequences. Cyman learns that he needs to use much, much more caution when using any technology.... More info
The discouragement of the oppositional defiant youth is born out of years of experiencing disrespect and failure making poor choices and disregarding the rights and feelings of others. This book can be used to help these defiant young people to become more emotionally connected with school through the Native American lesson that all things are connected. We should strive to keep in a harmonious coexistence with everything in our natural environment. The interrelatedness of this philosophy can be used to help students reconnect to society to school and to... More info
Thumball is a soft stuffed ball to throw, roll, or pass in a circle or randomly. Catch it! Look under your thumb. Respond to the prompt. Kids absolutely love this interactive tool that will get them talking and sharing. Without even knowing it, you will be encouraging the use of interpersonal skills including taking turns, eye contact, listening, responding, valuing similarities and respecting individual differences. Players read and respond to prompts about mindfulness. Topics include self-calming, insightfulness, irrational thoughts, self-awareness, believe & achieve and "The Present Is a Gift" Under your... More info