2nd Step - 7th Grade

Week 29
FAMILY LESSON SUMMARY
This week’s lesson is about gender harassment, which is when boys or girls are bothered, teased, or bullied because they act differently from most boys or girls, or because they may be gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender. Gender harassment is a serious issue and can cause serious harm to students.
FAMILY LESSON QUESTION
Ask your child what he or she thinks school would be like if there were no harassment.
Week 28
FAMILY LESSON SUMMARY
In this week’s lesson, your child will explore what it means to take responsibility for something and will identify reasons to take responsibility for his or her decisions.
FAMILY LESSON QUESTION
Ask your child what it means to take responsibility for your actions, both good and bad. Tell your child about a time you took responsibility for something you did, and ask if your child has ever been in a similar situation.
Week 27
FAMILY LESSON SUMMARY
This week’s lesson uses an engaging activity to practice resolving serious conflicts and overcoming roadblocks. Practicing the skills he or she has learned will help your child use them in real life.
FAMILY LESSON QUESTION
Sometimes serious conflicts last a long time, and sometimes children need help resolving them. Talk about what your child should do if he or she is ever involved in a serious conflict. Together, make a list of people your child can turn to for help with resolving serious conflicts.
Week 26
FAMILY LESSON SUMMARY
This week’s lesson teaches students to recognize roadblocks—common issues that get in the way of resolving serious conflicts. Students will work together to come up with ways to overcome these roadblocks so they will be ready to resolve any serious conflicts they get involved in.
FAMILY LESSON QUESTION
Ask your child how roadblocks can make resolving conflicts difficult. Ask him or her what some common roadblocks are. Together, come up with a plan to overcome one of these roadblocks.
Week 25
FAMILY LESSON SUMMARY
This week’s lesson uses an engaging activity to practice recognizing and avoiding serious conflicts. Practicing the skills he or she has learned will help your child use them in real life.
FAMILY LESSON QUESTION
Tell your child about a time you were able to avoid a serious conflict. Explain what you did and how you did it. Ask your child what he or she would do in that same situation.
Week 24
FAMILY LESSON SUMMARY
Serious conflicts between students can make them feel unsafe and distract them from their schoolwork. This lesson is the first of 5 on this topic. In this lesson, your child will identify ways to avoid getting into serious conflicts.
FAMILY LESSON QUESTION
Ask your child what kinds of conflicts can happen between students at school. Talk about the consequences of those conflicts, and ask your child how he or she avoids getting involved in them.
Week 23
FAMILY LESSON SUMMARY
This week’s lesson uses an engaging activity to practice exploring the possible issues that come from jumping to conclusions. Practicing the skills he or she has learned will help your child use them in real life.
FAMILY LESSON QUESTION
Ask your child about some of the problems that jumping to conclusions can cause and talk together about how to handle those problems.
Week 22
FAMILY LESSON SUMMARY
In this lesson, your child will explore how jumping to conclusions can lead to conflicts. He or she will practice looking at situations from multiple perspectives as a way to avoid conflicts.
FAMILY LESSON QUESTION
Tell your child about a time you jumped to conclusions about what someone else was thinking, but it turned out you were wrong. Ask your child if this has ever happened to him or her and how he or she felt about learning someone else’s perspective.
Week 21
FAMILY LESSON SUMMARY
Research shows that taking slow, deep breaths is an effective way to calm down. This week, your child will practice using slow breathing when he or she is feeling frustrated.
FAMILY LESSON QUESTION
Ask your child about situations that might make him or her feel frustrated, either at school or at home. Discuss using slow breathing to calm down and come up with a plan your child can follow in frustrating situations.
Week 20
This week is Kindness Week. How can you make the week better for others? Random Acts of Kindness.

Week 19
FAMILY LESSON SUMMARY
This week, your child will learn about skills for calming down. Knowing effective calming-down strategies and how to use them can help your child make good decisions when he or she is upset.
FAMILY LESSON QUESTION
Talk to your child about the strategies you use to calm down when you feel upset or angry. Ask your child what he or she can do to calm down in difficult situations.
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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