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Elementary Guidance

The Second Step Program is the primary source for Guidance class curriculum in grades K-6. The Second Step website, www.secondstep.org provides helpful information about the program as well as activities and resources you can use at home. Each grade level requires an activation key in order to use their free resources.  Please contact Jodi Clendenen: jodi.clendenen@se-warren.k12.ia.us for the activation key for your child's grade level.


K-3rd Grade Guidance Class Topics:

August: Role of the School Counselor

  •  Resources, Confidentiality, Problem Solving, Conflict Resolution

September: Skills for Learning/Being Respectful

  • Respect, Focusing Attention, Using Self-Talk, Being Assertive

October: Safety 

  • Bully Prevention, Fire Safety, Bus Safety, Internet Safety, Drug & Alcohol Prevention, Personal Safety

November: Gratitude, Empathy

  • Letters to Veterans, Identifying Feelings, Respecting Differences
  • 3rd Grade - Salvation Army project

December:  Empathy continued, Kindness

  • Showing Compassion, Making Friends

January:  Emotion Identification and Management

  • Calm down steps, calm down techniques, identifying our emotions and managing different types of emotions

February:  Careers

  • Career Clusters, Interests, Goals

March: K-2 Character

                3rd grade - 4th grade transition

  • Pillars of Character
  • Advice from 4th graders, questions from 3rd graders, 4th grade visit (May)

April:  Problem Solving/Fair Ways to Play

  • Identify and use the S.T.E.P problem solving process
  • Sharing, trading, taking turns

May: Summer Safety/Guidance review

  • Summer safety 
  • Guidance review


4th-5th Grade Guidance Class Topics:

August: Role of the School Counselor

  •    Resources, Confidentiality, Problem Solving, Conflict Resolution

September: Organization & Time Management, Growth Mindset

  • Locker expectations, organizational techniques, establishing routines, the power of "YET"

October:  Safety 

  • Bully Prevention, Fire Safety, Bus Safety, Internet Safety, Drug & Alcohol Prevention, Personal Safety

November:  Respect, Gratitude

  • Letters to Veteran's, Firefighters, Police Officers, Salvation Army Casserole Service project 

December: Empathy

  • Take other's perspectives, friendship skills, showing compassion

January: Test taking strategies/Emotion Management

  • Calm down steps, calm down techniques, identifying and managing different types of emotions. 3rd grade test taking strategies and techniques

February: Careers

  • Career Clusters, Interests, Goals

March: Goal setting

  • SMART goals
  • Long terms goals
  • Short term goals

April: Problem Solving

  • Identify and use the S.T.E.P problem solving process

May: Decision Making/Guidance review

  • Consider options, determine the best one, evaluate the outcome
  • Guidance review


6th Grade Guidance Class Topics:

August: Role of the School Counselor

  • Resources, Confidentiality, Problem Solving, Conflict Resolution

September: Organization & Time Management, Growth Mindset

  • Locker expectations, organizational techniques, establishing routines, the power of "YET"

October:  Safety

  • Bully Prevention, Fire Safety, Bus Safety, Internet Safety, Drug & Alcohol Prevention, Personal Safety

November:  Respect, Gratitude

  • Letters to Veteran's, Firefighters, Police Officers, Salvation Army Casserole Service project 

December: Empathy

  • Identify other's feelings and perspectives
  • Showing Compassion

January:  Test taking strategies/Emotion Management

  • Calm down steps, calm down techniques, identifying and managing different types of emotions, test taking techniques and strategies

February: Careers

  • Career Clusters, Interests, Goals

March: Transition to Junior High

  • Guest speakers, advice from 7th graders, questions from 6th graders, JH visit/shadowing (May)

April: Problem Solving

  • Identify and use the S.T.E.P problem solving process

May: Decision Making/ JH Visit - Discussion

  • Consider options, determine the best one, evaluate the outcome
  • Shadow 7th grade, discussion

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