Google+ Elementary School Counselor blog, by Scott Ertl, Elementary School Counselor: 3 free Franklin classroom guidance lessons to use with Activ/Inspire and Promethean boards

Monday, March 17, 2014

3 free Franklin classroom guidance lessons to use with Activ/Inspire and Promethean boards

Use Franklin to teach overcoming fears, starting school, and sportsmanship!
I created 3 free classroom guidance lessons -- perfect for K-3 elementary school counselors teaching socio-emotional and cognitive objectives! You can easily save the lessons to a thumb drive or download to your school's shared drive to access the files when you present your classroom guidance lesson on the Promethean Board in the classrooms. This is a great way to use technology with students! Like Adobe Reader, you can download the free Read-Only version of ActivInspire software here.

Most counselors already have these Franklin books in their collections. If you don't already have them, check your school library. If not, the paperback books can be purchased for $5-6 each. All 3 lessons also have links to the 10-12 min. movies on YouTube.

Elementary school counselors use Franklin to teach about fears and how to overcome them.
Franklin and the Thunderstorm (ActivInspire lesson: 15 slides)
  • K-3 lesson on identifying different types of fears and what you can do to overcome them. Compare and contrast the book with the movie.
  • Story line: Franklin is afraid of thunderstorms. When a storm approaches while he is playing at Fox's house, a flash of lightning sends Franklin into his shell. He refuses to come out -- even for snacks -- until his friends make him laugh with their tall tales about what causes storms. And when Beaver explains what really causes thunder and lightning, Franklin begins to feel much safer.
Elementary school counselors use Franklin to teach students how to get over their first day of school jitters.
Franklin Goes to School (ActivInspire lesson: 10 slides)
  • K-3 lesson on starting school. Compare and contrast the book with the movie. Students share about feeling nervous starting school, making friends, and getting used to a different place for the first time.
  • Story line: With his new pencil case packed with a ruler, eraser and 12 colored pencils, Franklin is ready for his first day of school -- until it's time to board the bus. Franklin faces the excitement and fear of starting school.

Elementary school counselors use Franklin to teach students how to have good sportsmanship.

Franklin Plays The Game (ActivInspire lesson: 14 slides)
  • K-3 lesson on sportsmanship. Compare and contrast the book with the movie. Students share about being a good sport, cooperation and teamwork.
  • Story line: Franklin can count forwards and backwards. He can zip zippers and button buttons. He can slide down a riverbank by himself. He can even sleep alone is his small, dark shell. And he's trying very hard to be the best player on his soccer team. 

NOTE: If you aren't already a member of TeacherPayTeachers (TpT), it's definitely worth the time to sign-up so you can download LOTS of great resources for free (and for a fee) from working counselors and teachers! Even though it's designed for teachers, there is a School Counseling section.

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