Overview & Integration

Core 4:



7B: Enables participants to develop life skills, resiliency and self-esteem via activities; 

3A: Addresses academic, physical, social and emotional needs of the participants; 

7F: Promotes teamwork and respect for others

CASEL Competencies:

Self-Awareness & Relationship Skills

6DQ: Classroom Dialogue/Sharing

Learn key vocabulary and concepts in order to better understand how to communicate about and through the discipline


Sometimes it can feel like a giant grey cloud is hanging over our head and nothing seems to be going right. Maybe you woke up late, missed your bus, lost a sneaker, broke your pencil, and forgot to study for that test. It all can feel so hopeless. But don’t let these circumstances blow out your flicker of hope. At some point in life, all of us will experience different challenges and obstacles that will stand in our way. Sometimes these challenges may feel like huge mountains that seem impossible to climb and at other times they may feel like smaller roadblocks that we can navigate around with a little extra effort. Regardless of their size, it is important that we always help each other. Take some time this week to encourage others who are down, or seek out help when your grey cloud seems too dark! 

Reflection Questions

  • Share about a challenge you have had recently.
  • What do you do when something feels too big or overwhelming? 
  • What are some things that give you hope? 
  • What did you do today to make someone’s day just a little bit brighter? 
  • What did someone do for you today to make your day better?  
  • Share about a time when you felt different than others.

Arts/Crafts Reflection Questions

  • What was difficult about this activity?
  • How did you overcome that difficulty?
  • How can we use art to express our hopes?
  • How does encouragement help when making art?
  • What challenges did you help others overcome during this time?
  • How does it feel when your art looks different than others’ art pieces?
  • Why is it important to celebrate everyone’s art, even if it is different than our own?

Games/Physical Activity Reflection Questions

  • Share about a time during the game when you felt really hopeful.
  • Share about a time during the game when you didn’t feel very hopeful.
  • How did you encourage your team during this game? 
  • How did you encourage the other teams during this game?
  • Share about a time when you didn’t feel included during a game.
  • What does it feel like to be excluded? 
  • Share about a time when you played a game and others helped you.