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COURSE/SUBJECT TITLE: Sixth Grade Guidance


LENGTH OF TIME: 60 minutes twice a month

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Students in Grade 6 use the LifeSkills curriculum in guidance and health class. LifeSkills is a research-based substance abuse prevention program developed by Gilbert J. Botvin, Ph.D. The goal of the lessons is to teach students the necessary life skills that will support them in resisting substance use and abuse. In addition to the LifeSkills program, the character education curriculum presented in grade 5 is expanded. The following units are covered:


Lesson 1: Coping with Anxiety

ESSENTIAL OUTCOME: To teach students common causes of anxiety and  techniques for coping with anxiety.

Lesson 2: Coping with Anger

ESSENTIAL OUTCOME: To teach students to recognize anger and common situations which cause it, and to learn techniques for self-control.

Lesson 3: Social Skills

ESSENTIAL OUTCOME: To teach students basic social skills in order to develop successful interpersonal relationships

Lesson 4: Communication Skills

ESSENTIAL OUTCOME: To increase students' ability to cope with anxiety.

Lesson 5: Assertiveness

ESSENTIAL OUTCOME: To teach students how to become more assertive and resist peer pressure to use drugs.

Lesson 6: Resolving Conflicts

ESSENTIAL OUTCOME: To have students review previous skills as they learn and practice techniques for resolving conflicts.


Lesson 7: Ethical Decision Making

ESSENTIAL OUTCOME: To provide a language for talking about key ethics concepts and to encourage discussion of ethical issues. To provide practical experience with core values as the underpinnings to common ethical ground.

Lesson 8: Prejudice and Stereotyping

ESSENTIAL OUTCOME: To provide language for talking about respect, prejudice and stereotype, to explore the relationship of respect to definitions and examples of prejudice and stereotype, and to analyze the effects these attitudes have on us and society.

Lesson 9: Harassment/Sexual Harassment

ESSENTIAL OUTCOME: To increase awareness of what harassment is and what forms it can take, to alert students to the behaviors that constitute sexual harassment and to provide students with strategies for handling sexual harassment.


1. PS:B1.4 develop effective coping skills for dealing with problems

2. PS:C1.10 learn techniques for managing stress and conflict

1. understand the need for self-control and how to practice it

3. PS:A2.6 use effective communication skills

4. PS:A2.7 know that communication involves speaking, listening, and nonverbal behavior.

5. C:C2.2 learn how to use conflict management skills with peers and adults

6. PS:B1.6 know how to apply conflict resolution skills

7. PS:B1.2 to understand consequences of decisions and choices

8. PS:B1.3 identify alternative solutions to a problem

9. PS: C1.7 apply effective problem solving and decision making skills to make safe and healthy choices.

10. PS:A1.5 identify and express feelings

11. PS:A2.3 recognize, accept, respect and appreciate individual differences.

12. PS:A2.4 recognize, accept and appreciate ethnic and cultural diversity.

13. PS:C1.3: learn about the differences between appropriate and inappropriate physical contact

14. PS:C1.5 differentiate between situations requiring peer support and situations requiring adult professional help.

Maine Learning Results Standards Addressed:

1. H:E1 demonstrate healthy ways to listen and communicate with family, peers

2. H:E3 demonstate conflict resolution strategies


LifeSkills Training: Promoting Health and Personal Development, Teacher's Manual

LifeSkills Training: Promoting Health and Personal Development, Student Guide

The Institute for Global Ethics: Building Decision Skills, Teacher's Manual

What Do You Stand For? A Kid's Guide to Building Character.

Sunburst Media: Talking about Sexual Harassment