Available as complete DVD series or purchase individual DVD episodes.
"Life Skills 101 provides lessons for developing fundamental building blocks of social skills, civility, and character... Imagine a roomful of kids who know how to listen well, communicate clearly, know what goes into making an informed decision, can deal with stress, and can express opinions in an open direct way."
Parents Choice, Gold Award Winner
Comprensive approach includes:
- Character education
- Social Studies and Social Skills
- Language Arts
- Correlated to National Health Education Standards
- Understanding Health Concepts
- Understanding the Influences of Media on Health
- Making Healthy Decisions
- Setting Healthy Goals
- Practicing Healthy Behaviors
- Knowing Good Sources for Health Information
- Speaking for a Healthy Body, Healthy Home, and Healthy Community
- Each episode combines live action, animation, and songs
- 5, 10-minute episodes
Grade levels: 1-4
||Description of Skill
||The program helps students learn to “read” a commercial and analyze the persuasion techniques used.
||The program helps students learn active listening as a skill in becoming a better communicator
|Problems and Choices
||The program helps students learn four basic decisionmaking steps: Stop, Think, Act, Review.
|Speaking Your Mind
||The program helps students learn assertive communication skills that help them express their thought and feelings in an open, direct way.
|Dealing With Stress
||The program helps students develop skills to manage and release stress in ways that keep the mind and body healthy.
|Watch a sample video from this series
To the Teacher:
Life Skills 101, consisting of five 10-minute student videos and accompanying teacher materials, is designed to enhance the existing curriculum in health education in early elementary school and to complement the curricula in social studies and language arts. The series, featuring Slim Goodbody, emphasizes life skills development. Slim helps children in grades two and three explore health-supporting life skills contained in the National Health Education Standards: decision-making and refusal skills, assessing the health value of products promoted in the media, listening skills, assertiveness skills, and stress management. Each video program contains original music and animation.
Video programming is particularly well suited to health education. It creates a common context in which students with varying backgrounds and experiences can examine issues in a positive setting. In addition, video provides a vehicle for modeling personal and social skills and a base of knowledge upon which students can build. For example, viewers can first watch characters near their own age in realistic situations considering alternatives and using other strategies that have proven useful in learning life skills. Then students can practice using these strategies themselves.
Video offers a springboard for discussion and interaction that promotes learning, change, and growth. As a familiar and comfortable medium, video provides a non-threatening basis for discussion among people who are reluctant to address delicate personal issues.
The project has developed video programming and associated print materials for students in Grades two and three and their teachers that will
- help students acquire the knowledge, attitudes, and skills needed to develop basic life skills
- provide visual reinforcement to learning
- assist teachers in providing effective instruction to their students
The video programs constitute a series. However, each program is self-contained and may be used independently. Thus, programs can be easily scheduled for flexible use in classrooms.
The materials in this series are designed to help students develop proficiencies established by the Joint Committee on National Health Education Standards. (Copies of National Health Education Standards: Achieving Health Literacy can be obtained through the American School Health Association, the Association for the Advancement of Health Education, or the American Cancer Society.)
Each episode includes a comprehensive teachers guide that includes:
- Materials Required for Lesson
- Summary of the Episode Content
- How to open the lesson
- Showing the Program
- After the Program / Follow-up Activities
- Try this at Home Extension Activities including a note to parents about what your students have been learning.
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