October 1st - October 4th


October 1st: All Grades

Have your students come up with their own definition of self-control. (K-1 teachers, you are going to have to do a lot of assisting with that definition.)

Today's Questions:

Why do you think self-control is important?

What areas of our life, can self-control help?

October 2nd: All Grades

Watch the video below titled, Cupcake Test. (This is a new take on the marshmallow test.)

Follow up with these questions:

Were you surprised at how the children acted?

What do you think you would have done?

Do you think it takes a lot of self-control to not eat the cupcake right away?

What's an area of your life where you have to show a lot of self-control?

October 3rd: All Grades

Play "What Would You Do?" Self Control Edition

Ask the following questions: (All questions start with the following stem...What would you do...?) When students answer, they are going to come up with answers that show them using the utmost self-control.

(K-1: You can omit questions if you need to.

If someone had taken your favorite toy/thing from you without asking?

Someone just called you a mean name, and is now laughing at you?

You just got in trouble with mom or dad, and your brother or sister is smiling at you/silently laughing.

You walk into a classroom with lots of empty coyote cards laying on the desk and no one else is in there.

Teachers: You can facilitate more discussion if needed based on students responses.

October 4th: All Grades

Team Building Activity: Self-Control

Remind students that sometimes when they are showing self-control, they are having to listen and/or watch others instead of talk.

Have students make a line based on their birthdays, going from January to December. Students will have to watch each other and communicate via hand signals, pointing, etc instead of talking to make their line.

Ana Travis

School Counselor

Sonntag Elementary