Learning for Life School-based Programs
Seekers' Program (Kindergarten--2nd Grades)
The Seekers' Program offers an integrated approach to character development designed for kindergarten through 2nd grade youth. The program blends character development, life skills, academic learning, and outdoor experiences into a comprehensive program geared help students successful handle the complexities of contemporary society, reinforce social skills, critical and creative thinking, ethical decision making, conflict resolution, and build their self-esteem. The 8 core character traits promoted in the Seekers' Program are: 1) Respect, 2) Responsibility, 3) Honesty/Trust, 4) Caring/Fairness, 5) Perseverance, 6) Self-Discipline, 7) Courage, and 8) Citizenship, A group of Life Skills lesson plans with themes like Safety and Classic Literature are also included..
Curricula books for each grade level consists of 61 lessons plans, all age-appropriate and grade specific. Lessons focus on themes such as "Accepting Consequences," "Gangs," "Meeting Deadlines," "Respecting Differences," and "Sticking to What's Right." Through reflection activities in each lesson, students engage in analyzing their behaviors. Lessons are easily integrated into core curricula subjects. Each lesson plan also includes a "Home/Family Activity Worksheet" which teachers send to the student's parent/guardian as an extension activity to reinforce the lesson plan in the home environment.
The Seekers Program has its own recognition plan that includes honor charts and 15 colorful stickers for student participation
Other valued-added features of the Seekers' Program includes: outdoor experiences, community speakers, field trips, and teacher training.
Discoverers' Program (3rd--4th Grades)
The Discoverers' Program combines character development, life skills, academic learning, and outdoor experiences specifically designed for 3rd and 4th grade youth. It mirrors the Seeker's Program by providing an integrated approach to character development. The age appropriate, grade specific lesson plans focus on the same 8 character traits as the Seekers' Program: 1) Respect, 2) Responsibility, 3) Honesty/Trust, 4) Caring/Fairness, 5) Perseverance, 6) Self-Discipline, 7) Courage and 8) Citizenship. Life Skills with topics on Youth Protection, Hobbies and Art lesson plans are also part of the Discoverers Program.
Each of the 3rd and 4th grade books has 61 lessons plans focusing on many of the same themes as the Seekers' Program; however, lesson plans progress in difficulty and cognitive level. Lessons focus on critical thinking, conflict resolution, perseverance, courage, interpersonal skills, and ethical decision making. A "Home/Family Activity Worksheet" is included which each lesson to the lesson plan at the home.
To further enhance the Discoverers' Program, each book contains an interactive CD-Rom game for students titled "SuperSafe." The game presents a series of six age-appropriate scenarios where students have to make choices about safety issues. The six scenarios are: Internet Safety, Nonviolent Strategies, Verbal Abuse, Bullying, Youth Protection, and Unsupervised Children. The game also provides information that can be sent home to parents. The information details issues that are being addressed in the SuperSafe CD-Rom game and shows ways parents/guardians can help their child's development. See the online demo of this game.
The Discoverers Program also has a unique recognition plan that includes honor charts and 15 colorful stickers.
Other valued-added components of the Discoverers' Program includes: community speakers, mentors, outdoor experiences, field trips, and teacher training.
Challengers' Program (5th--6th Grades)
Specifically designed for the cognitive and developmental levels of 5th and 6th grade students, the Challengers' Program continues Learning for Life's character education emphasis by integrating components of both the Seekers' and Discoverers' Program. The Challengers' Program focuses on the same 8 character traits as Seekers' and Discoverers: 1) Respect, 2) Responsibility, 3) Honesty/Trust, 4) Caring/Fairness, 5) Perseverance, 6) Self-Discipline, 7) Courage, and 8) Citizenship. Life Skill themes such as Money Management and Fire Safety are an added feature.
The 61 age appropriate, grade specific lesson plans in each of the Challengers' books focus on topics such as "Being Responsible," "Making Good Decisions," "Code of Ethics," "Empathy," etc. The lesson plans are geared to a higher-level of cognitive and developmental learning than the Seekers' and Discoverers' lessons. Teachers can send to the student's parent/guardian the "Home/Family Activity Worksheet" which is included with each lesson. It can be used as an extension to reinforce the character trait in the home environment.
The Challengers' Program, like the Discoverers' Program, also comes with a "SuferSafe" CD-Rom game for students. However, the game for Challengers' is completely different from the Discoverers' game, and offers more difficult scenarios to enhance their critical thinking skills. See the online demo of this game.
Like the Seekers and Discoverers Program, Challengers have a set of 15 stickers and honor charts specific to the program.
Other value added features in the Challengers' Program are: community speakers, mentors, outdoor experiences, field trips, and teacher training.
Lesson plans feature themes such as Accepting Consequences, Conservation, Ethnic Heritage, Meeting Deadlines, Gangs, Never Give Up, What Is Freedom?, Respecting Differences, Violence Prevention, and Sticking to What's Right. The themes instill in youth the importance of respecting the rights of all people and prepare youth to participate in and give leadership to American society.
A Home/Family Activity is part of each lesson plan.
Supplemental Programs can include:
The Drugs Abuse Prevention Education lesson plans for Kindergarten through Grade 6
Student Workbooks are available for each TeacherÕs edition for K-Grade 6:Ê each book comes with all the activities and Home/Family Activity from each lesson.Ê The book is printed on perforated pages for easy classroom use.
Spanish Translations are available! The teacher's edition and student workbooks are available in a Spanish translation for the Seekers program (K-Grade2).
View the following sample lesson plans in PDF format
Building Character, Discovering Careers
The Builders program is the seventh- and eighth-grade program. It is for begins Learning for Life's career preparedness emphasis, while reinforcing character, relationship building and citizenship.
The resources for the Builders Program include:
Each grade has its own guide with 44 age appropriate lesson plans. Youth learn to ascertain the need for having a job and being employed, to recognize obstacles, how to make mature and ethical decisions, and how to deal responsibly with their decisions.
The lessons are divided into 4 sections.
Character Education Lessons: focus on 4 traits.
Respect: with lesson on empathy and peer pressure
Responsibility: the focuses on concepts like Decision Making and Perseverance
Honesty/Trust: works on commitment
Self Discipline: exposes students to Courage and anger management
Building Relationships Lessons: develop understanding of concepts like Prejudice, problem solving, communications and family dynamics
Citizenship Lessons: discuss freedom, liberty, laws and diversity
Career Education Lessons: show students work related skills like Time Management, Job Traits, and Goal Setting while also helping them investigate careers that they have may process an aptitude.
Community Role Models
The Learning for Life seventh- and eighth-grade program is designed to provide community role models to motivate and interact with the youth. Role models meet with a specific class (e.g., English, social studies, and math) and discuss the relationship of that subject to a work situation. These role models, with backgrounds similar to those of the youth, share their personal paths to success, including the pitfalls and the high points.
Resource people from the community serve as mentors and role models and give the youth insight into personal decisions, educational goals, and career choices.
Life Choices: A Character Game
A computer interactive game that gives students opportunities to practice ethical decision making skills. A series of situations is presented where the student must make a choice. The computer gives the student immediate feedback by providing a consequence of the choices made while playing the game. Reports are given at the end of the game, summarizing how the student performed in some key elements of character. Life Choices is included with the 8th Grade Teachers Edition.
See an online demo of this game.
A Time To Tell Youth Protection Video
A Time to Tell Youth Protection DVD is included with the latest edition of the 8th grade teacher's edition. This presents different scenes that help youth see strategies that are needed to keep them safe. The DVD can play in English or Spanish. A meeting guide for A Time To Tell which can be used with youth ages 11 thru 14. Guide is available at the below link in English and Spanish.
For both the 7th and 8th Grade Builders program, a Student Workbook is available. Each workbook come with the lesson plan activities printed on perforated paper, ready to be used in the classroom. Student workbooks can be ordered from your local Learning for Life Office.
Builders' Program (7th and 8th Grades)
The Builders' Program is a comprehensive, four-tier blend of elements focusing on Character Education, Career Education, Building Relationships, and Citizenship for students in the 7th and 8th grades. Lesson plans in both the 7th and 8th grade books are designed to reinforce social, academic, and career education skills in various areas, such as critical and creative thinking, conflict resolution, decision making, interpersonal relationships, practical life skills, self-esteem, writing and language arts, citizenship, and personal fitness. There are 44 lesson plans in each of the Builders' Books, ranging in topics from "Peer Pressure: Who Can I Trust," to "Self Assessment of Skills and Abilities," to "Problem Solving: The Intricacies of Relating to Others." The lessons are action-oriented and uses teaching techniques such as role-playing, small group discussions, and reflective and moral-dilemmas exercises. In addition, many of the same value-added features included with the Seekers', Discoverers', and Challengers' Programs are also part of the Builders' Program, including community speakers, mentors, outdoor experiences, field trips, and teacher training.