Chapter 1: Circle of Life

Volition, or will-power, is the focus of a lesson that brings forth the Native symbol, the Circle of Life, to instill the importance of responsible decision-making. Scholars take part in six activities that empower them to reflect on their emotional, physical, spiritual, and mental well-being. Activities include a card game, a collage-like craft, and thoughtful discussion. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Flip your classroom—assign viewing of the video for homework alongside discussion question in preparation for classroom activities the following day 
  • Break the lesson up over several days, conduct one or two activities at a time
  • Send a letter home to parents and guardians to obtain consent, inform them of the unit's purpose, and offer information and tips to help their child continue the practice outside of school 
Classroom Considerations
  • This lesson is the first of seven that focus on positive lifestyle habits 
  • Requires a variety of materials
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  • Consider replacing the term "healthy" person with a "balanced" person to emphasize the need for self-care in all parts of life
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  • The series of activities promote self-care 
  • Boosts social and emotional development 
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