SEL Lessons of the Month

Spotlight on: Unity Day 2021

Dear Teachers,

I know things are very hectic right now. I will send the newsletters out monthly so that you have the whole month to complete the activities with your class ! These are just suggestions feel free to implement your own ideas. If you have a great lesson or idea, share it with me and I will send it out!


We will be starting our Banana Splits Program again this year. Permission slips will be eblasted and sent out in our monthly newsletter. If parents have questions about the program, please forward them to your building social worker.

Stewart 3rd Grade Teachers Only:

I will be visiting all the third grade classrooms for a lesson on improving relationships and conflict management.

Here is the signup link:

This month we are all about bullying prevention!

Please complete one activity each week with your class in preparation for Unity Day!

Week 1: Explore

Learn how kindness, acceptance, and inclusion can help prevent bullying.

1. Show the bullying prevention slideshow and provide the follow-up quizzes for elementary . Click below.

Week 2: Plan

Define unity, kindness, acceptance, and inclusion using words, art, or music.

Use the handout below.

Please show the students the video below: Why Unity Day. Also discuss the reason we wear orange on Unity Day. (see description below)

Unity Day


For years, our culture justified bullying with expressions such as, “Bullying is a natural part of childhood,” or “Bullying is a rite of passage.” The goal of the day is to bring together youth, parents, educators, businesses, and community members across the nation to emphasize the message that bullying is not acceptable and that all students deserve to be safe in school, online, and in the community.


Why the color orange? Unity Day is held during October, and orange is a color commonly identified with that month and season. It is also a color associated with safety and visibility. Orange is described as warm and inviting, and its vibrancy makes a strong statement. It was also a color that was not being used by another widely known cause.

Week 3: Celebrate!

Wednesday, October 20th is Unity Day. We will be asking students to wear orange to pledge the commitment to end bullying and include others.

Encourage youth to write down acts of kindness, acceptance, and inclusion that they see and where they see them happen. Note: This can be done throughout the month

Use the handout below.

School Wide Activity

Today we will be asking each class participate in our school wide Unity Day Activity.

Use the link below to join our virtual assembly. We will be reading the book, Odd Bird, by Derek Desierto. At the end of the lesson, each class will create their own "Odd Bird" to celebrate what makes us unique and different.

Please copy the handout below before the assembly:

Stewart Virtual Assembly Link 9am

Stewart School Unity Day Assembly

Wednesday, October 20 · 9:00 – 10:00am

Google Meet joining info

Video call link:

Or dial: ‪(US) +1 978-593-2007‬ PIN: ‪155 595 817‬#

More phone numbers:

Stratford Virtual Assembly Link ______time

Odd Bird Handout-Please copy in advance, students will need a copy for the assembly. (PAGE # ONLY)

Link to the Book

Here is the link to the book in case we have any technical difficulties. Please DO NOT read this prior to the assembly. Thanks

Week 4: Reflect

Determine ways to continue creating a kinder, more inclusive, and more accepting world all year.

Ask students to share something they learned during National Bullying Prevention Month. Use the handout below.

Movement Breaks

Koo Koo Kanga Roo - Get Yo Body Movin' (Dance-A-Long)
Bubble Bounce! Mindfulness for Children (Mindful Looking)

Need help?

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Stewart: Michele Vincent 4232

Stratford: Krystin DeMartini 5247