January Theme: New Year, New You! Celebrating Diversity!


7th/8th Grade
Advisory Plans for January 2017

Wednesday January 4th: Welcome Back!

January's theme is all about reflecting on  what makes us who we are, and thinking about who we want to be!

Start with Facebook's 2016 Year in Review Video...

YouTube Video

Your challenge: 
Today, plan out your own "Year in Review". You can make a slideshow, create a video, create a calendar, make a scrapbook, some way to represent the milestones from 2016. Do you want to make a year in review for yourself, or one with a friend or teammate?
  • Decide how you are going to display your "Year in Review"
  • Make a list of photos, videos, milestones, accomplishments, vacations and fun events, anything you want to document from last year.
  • Decide how you are going to get those things available for class on Monday.  E-mail yourself, bring in photos, etc.  
On Monday January 9th 
  • Using the materials you brought in or sent to yourself, create your year in review. You will have today and Wednesday to make your year in review. 
On Wednesday January 11th
 Finish your "Year in Review" and share it with the class and your advisory teacher. If you want, take action and share it with the school, send it to cassandra.pate@pueblocityschools.us to be displayed in the school. 

Wednesday January 18th

You have been sharing some great things with everyone in your advisory class. Today, you are going to create a class resolution for the second semester. Brainstorm ideas for goals you can set that everyone can work toward. For example, an AR # of words goal. A goal to work on one of the learner profile attributes as a class. Talk first as a team and then share out with the class to decide what your class resolution will be!

Monday January 23rd
Today, you are going to find the common link between you and your teammates. 
Watch this video:

YouTube Video


Using the prompting questions, talk with your teammates until you find something that you have in common or that links you together. 

Take a seat, make a friend conversation prompts



When you have finished, reflect on the activity in writing to this prompt:
Maya Angelou said, "we are more alike my friends, than we are unalike", is it possible to share a common goal and appreciate others for what makes them unique? Why or why not?

Wednesday January 25th
Today, you are going to make some personal goals for 2017. Using the website popplet.com. create a mind map of your year. There is no right or wrong way to map it out, just stick to the theme of goals/resolutions for 2017. 
You will need to:
  1. go to popplet.com
  2. create a free account using your gmail account from the school.
  3. Check out the examples popplets to help give you some ideas.
  4. Create your own popplet to map out your goals/resolutions for 2017.
You can use today and Monday to create your popplet.

Monday January 30th
Finish your popplet and share a few things you plan to do this year with your team and class. 
6th Grade
Advisory Plans for January 2017

Wednesday January 4th: Welcome Back!

It's a new year, and that means it's time to reflect on how we grew in 2016 and what we want to accomplish in 2017! 

You can start with having a conversation about New Year's resolutions and why we make them. For today's activity, the focus should be on reflecting on the previous year's accomplishments to help make some goals for the new year.

Then, complete the "A Year in the Life of..." activity sheet.

A year in the life of...



Monday January 9th

What a great time of year to celebrate the things that make you, you! 

Last week, you reflected on last year's accomplishments and made some goals for this year. This week, you are going to look at all those things that make you different, unique and special. 

First, list ten things that stand out about you. These can be adjectives, things you do, things about your cultural background, or anything else that makes you unique. 

Once you have your list of ten things, create a digital collage all about you using your traits and adjectives! How you create your collage is up to you. You can make a PP slide, use google drawings, etc. Remember to use pictures, words, phrases, quotes, drawings, or anything else that you want to represent the things you put on your list. 

Before you leave class, think about an item that represents you that you can bring from home. This could be a photo, magnet from a place they visited, a hat you wear all the time, anything, as long as it says something about you! Make sure to bring this item on Wednesday for class. 

Wednesday January 11th

Today, you will be sharing the item you brought to class. When it is your turn to share, be sure to include what it is, where you got it, it's significance, and how it makes you unique!

When you are done sharing, respond to the following prompt:

What did you think about the items that were brought to class today by you and your classmates? Describe one item you saw today and how hearing about it taught you something you didn't already know about one of your classmates. 

Wednesday January 18th

You have been sharing some great things with everyone in your advisory class. Today, you are going to create a class resolution for the second semester. Brainstorm ideas for goals you can set that everyone can work toward. For example, an AR # of words goal. A goal to work on one of the learner profile attributes as a class. Talk first as a team and then share out with the class to decide what your class resolution will be!

Maya Angelou said, "we are more alike my friends, than we are unalike". Remember this as you discuss possible resolutions, we are all so different, and yet, we share so many of the same goals. How can you come together as a class and find what you have in common and still celebrate what makes you unique?

Monday January 23
Throughout the next two weeks, your advisory class is going to brainstorm, calculate, and visually represent some statistics that show and celebrate what makes the class special. 

First, the class needs to decide what kind of statistics they want to display about themselves. As a class, come up with maybe 8-10 categories you could gather data for 

Here are a few examples: 
  • types of languages spoken
  • # of brothers/sisters 
  • # of places traveled
  • names of places traveled
  • where you were born
  • ages
  • etc. 

The categories could be anything really, as long as they are generated by the class!

Make dot the wall sheets so that you can collect data on Wednesday in class. 

*There is a dot the wall example below.

Your class will fill out the forms and collect their data on Wednesday.

Wednesday January 25th
Hang your dot the wall sheets up around the classroom, using stickers or markers, mark each category with your data. 

Split up the data analysis by having each team or group take a category and calculate the percentages of the class that fit into each one. You can graph the data too so you have some visuals to work with on Wednesday. 

Remember that the purpose of the activity is to celebrate both similarities and differences. We are all unique and as an advisory class, you have a lot to celebrate!

Monday January 30th

Today's activity will wrap up our January Global Theme of New Year, New You: Celebrating Diversity! 

Each advisory class should take the data they collected and analyzed over the last week and create some kind of visual that displays the data clearly and in an aesthetically pleasing way.

Remember that the purpose of the activity is to celebrate what makes us similar and what makes us different. Each one of us is unique and so are each one of our advisory groups, let's create something that really shows that off!
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