2nd Step - 7th Grade

Week 18
FAMILY LESSON SUMMARY
This week, your child will explore how thoughts affect decision making and how to recognize and handle the unhelpful thoughts that may lead your child to make bad decisions.
FAMILY LESSON QUESTION
Ask your child about a time he or she remembers having a negative thought that wouldn’t go away. Decide together what kinds of actions your child would like to take the next time he or she has an unhelpful thought.
Week 17
FAMILY LESSON SUMMARY
This week, your child will continue to learn about emotions and explore how remembering values can help him or her make good decisions when experiencing strong emotions, like being angry or upset.
FAMILY LESSON QUESTION
Ask your child what it feels like to experience a strong emotion. Talk about how it’s still possible to make good decisions even when feeling angry or upset.
Week 16

FAMILY LESSON SUMMARY
This week, the lesson will raise students’ awareness about the causes of stress in their lives and ways they can successfully manage it.

FAMILY LESSON QUESTION
Ask your child to describe what stresses him or her out. Together, talk about the kinds of stress that your student is experiencing and ways to alleviate stress.
Week 15
FAMILY LESSON SUMMARY
This week, your child will learn how emotions affect decision making, and that even when your child’s emotions feel very strong, he or she can still make good decisions.
FAMILY LESSON QUESTION
Ask your child to describe a time when he or she was angry or upset. Together, talk about the kinds of good decisions your child can make the next time his or her emotions are that strong.
Week 14
FAMILY LESSON SUMMARY
This week’s lesson uses a fun and engaging activity to practice skills for strengthening friendships. Practicing the skills he or she learned will help your child use them in real life.
FAMILY LESSON QUESTION
Tell your child about a time you had a problem with a friend. Explain how you fixed the problem. Ask your child if there’s a strategy he or she has used to strengthen a friendship in the past.
Week 13
Digital Citizenship Week
Week 12
FAMILY LESSON SUMMARY
This week, your child will learn about what makes a friendship strong and think of good ways to develop friendships. This will help your child deepen and strengthen positive relationships with his or her peers.
FAMILY LESSON QUESTION
Talk to your child about friendships. Discuss the fact that friendships sometimes grow stronger and sometimes grow weaker. Ask your child what he or she can do to make a friendship stronger.
Week 11
FAMILY LESSON SUMMARY
This week, your child will explore how values can help build strong friendships. Your child will think about how his or her personal values help make him or her a good friend.
FAMILY LESSON QUESTION
Talk with your child about what he or she likes about his or her friends. Ask your child what he or she thinks those friends like about him or her.
Week 10
FAMILY LESSON SUMMARY
This week, your child will learn about how thinking about his or her values can help make his or her online social world a place where everyone feels safe and welcome.
FAMILY LESSON QUESTION
Talk to your child about the kinds of interactions he or she has online. Ask your child how he or she shows his or her personal values while interacting online.
Week 9
FAMILY LESSON SUMMARY
This week, your child will think about his or her personal values and how he or she can use those values to help make good decisions.
FAMILY LESSON QUESTION
Ask your child about some of his or her values. Talk about how his or her values are similar to or different from yours.










Week 7
FAMILY LESSON SUMMARY
In this week’s lesson, your child will explore the difficult topic of bullying. While protecting students from bullying is the job of the adults at school, students themselves have a great deal of power to stop bullying by supporting people who are being bullied. In this lesson, your child will think of small, simple things he or she can do to help stop bullying.
FAMILY LESSON QUESTION
Ask your child how he or she can help put a stop to bullying, and talk about what can make it difficult.
Week 6
FAMILY LESSON SUMMARY
This week, your child will learn an effective strategy for achieving goals. He or she will practice breaking big goals down into small, simple steps and creating plans for how to take each step.
FAMILY LESSON QUESTION
Think of a time you achieved a big goal, such as learning to drive or graduating from school. Tell your child about your goal and how you achieved it, and ask your child to tell you about a goal he or she has.
Week 5
FAMILY LESSON SUMMARY
This week’s lesson is about how people’s personalities change as they grow up. Personalities come from the brain, and as brains change and develop, personalities can also change.
FAMILY LESSON QUESTION
Ask your child to describe his or her personality. Describe for your child how you’ve seen his or her personality change, and the good things you see in it now.
Week 4
FAMILY LESSON SUMMARY
This week’s lesson encourages students to embrace challenges by demonstrating that mistakes are opportunities to learn.
FAMILY LESSON QUESTION
Ask your child if there’s something new he or she would like to try, even if it’s challenging. Share with your child something new that you would like to try.
Week 3
FAMILY LESSON SUMMARY
This week’s lesson explains that learning from mistakes can be useful and helps students understand how to grow from making mistakes.
FAMILY LESSON QUESTION
Tell your child about a mistake you made in the past and what you learned from it. Ask your child to tell you about a mistake he or she made and what he or she learned from it.
Week 2
FAMILY LESSON SUMMARY
This week’s lesson teaches students that they can build intelligence by using new approaches and strategies, trying new things, and working through difficulties. The understanding that they can strengthen their brains can help them achieve more in school and in life.
FAMILY LESSON QUESTION
Tell your child about a time you had to learn something new. Explain whether it was hard to learn and how you learned it. Ask your child if there’s anything he or she would like to learn to do this year.
Week 1
Grade 7, Lesson 1
FAMILY LESSON SUMMARY
This week’s lesson will help your child understand some of the changes that happen during adolescence, and how the Second Step Program can help your child succeed and do well, both as a student and as a friend.
FAMILY LESSON QUESTION
Ask your child about any changes he or she has noticed in friends now that they’re growing up, and what your child thinks about these changes.
Grade 7, Lesson 2A
FAMILY LESSON SUMMARY
This week’s lesson teaches students that it’s okay to feel nervous about starting middle school. This lesson talks about common fears students have, lets them know their concerns are normal, and helps them feel like they belong.
FAMILY LESSON QUESTION
Ask your child about the adults he or she has met at school. Tell your child about an adult who helped you when you were your child’s age.
Grade 7, Lesson 2B
FAMILY LESSON SUMMARY
This week, your child will think of ways he or she can help new students feel welcome at school.
FAMILY LESSON QUESTION
Ask your child to think of a group he or she enjoys being a part of, and what he or she would do to help a new person in the group feel welcome. Tell your child about a time you helped someone new to your community.

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