2nd Step - 8th Grade

Week 29
FAMILY LESSON SUMMARY
This week’s lesson teaches students that it’s okay to feel nervous about starting high school. Discussing common fears about high school lets students know their concerns are normal and helps them feel like they belong.
FAMILY LESSON QUESTION
Ask your child what he or she is thinking about starting high school. Talk about what things will be different and what things will stay the same. Together, come up with a list of people your child can go to when high school gets challenging.
Week 28
FAMILY LESSON SUMMARY
Children sometimes have trouble dealing with the results of a serious conflict, even after the conflict is over. In this week’s lesson, your child will learn to identify ways to help friends recover from serious conflicts.
FAMILY LESSON QUESTION
Tell your child about a time you needed help recovering from a serious conflict. Talk about how your friends were able to help you do this. Ask your child how he or she would help a friend recover after a serious conflict.
Week 27
FAMILY LESSON SUMMARY
This week’s lesson uses an engaging activity to practice helping friends resolve conflicts. 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 people have when resolving conflicts, and talk together about how to handle those problems.
Week 26
FAMILY LESSON SUMMARY
This week’s lesson teaches students to identify reasons why conflicts may be hard to resolve and to explore ways they can help their friends in these situations. This practice helps students come up with strategies they can use in their own lives.
FAMILY LESSON QUESTION
Ask your child about a time he or she was able to help a friend with a conflict. Talk with your child about why conflicts are sometimes hard to resolve. Together, come up with ideas for how best to help a friend in these situations.
Week 25
FAMILY LESSON SUMMARY
This week’s lesson uses an engaging activity to practice helping friends recognize and avoid 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 helped someone avoid a conflict. Ask your child if he or she has ever helped a friend avoid a conflict. Together, discuss some ideas for how to help friends avoid serious conflicts.
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 how making assumptions affects the decisions people make. Practicing the skills he or she has learned will help your child use them in real life.
FAMILY LESSON QUESTION
Ask your child about a time he or she made a decision based on an assumption. Talk together about how assumptions can affect decisions, both good and bad.
Week 22
FAMILY LESSON SUMMARY
Making assumptions is something people do every day, but making negative assumptions can lead to conflicts. In this lesson, your child will practice thinking of multiple assumptions about situations, including positive assumptions, as a way to avoid conflicts.
FAMILY LESSON QUESTION
Ask your child what an assumption is. Tell him or her about a time you made a wrong assumption that led to an argument or conflict. Work together to think of different assumptions you could have made in that situation.
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 feels anxious.
FAMILY LESSON QUESTION
Ask your child about situations that might make him or her feel anxious, either at school or at home. Discuss using slow breathing to calm down and come up with a plan your child can use in these 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 skills for calming down. Identifying good ways to calm down can help your child make good decisions even when he or she is feeling angry or upset.
FAMILY LESSON QUESTION
Talk to your child about what you do to calm down when you feel upset or angry. Ask your child about the things he or she can do to calm down in difficult situations.
Week 18
FAMILY LESSON SUMMARY
This week, your child will explore how his or her thoughts affect the decisions he or she makes, and how to recognize and handle the unhelpful thoughts that may lead to bad decisions.
FAMILY LESSON QUESTION
Ask your child about a time he or she felt rejected, and how that made him or her feel. Ask what kinds of unhelpful thoughts people can have when they feel rejected, and think of people your child can go to for help if he or she experiences thoughts like that.
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 have someone get angry at him or her. Talk about how it’s still possible to make good decisions even when someone is angry with you.
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, your child will continue to practice identifying negative relationships.
FAMILY LESSON QUESTION
Talk to your child about the kinds of behavior that signal a friendship needs to end. Ask your child what would be a good way to end a friendship.
Week 13
Digital Citizenship Week
Week 12
FAMILY LESSON SUMMARY
As children grow up, they form close relationships with their peers. Sometimes friendships can become negative and hurtful. This week, your child will learn how to identify negative relationships and think about what to do when a relationship turns negative.
FAMILY LESSON QUESTION
Talk to your child about the different kinds of relationships kids have at school. Ask if any seem negative or unhealthy. Discuss what to do when a relationship turns negative.

Week 11
LESSON SUMMARY
This week, your child will learn that relationships often change during middle school, when interests and identities are changing. Your child will learn strategies for handling these changes in a healthy way.
FAMILY LESSON QUESTION
Ask your child about any recent changes in friendships at school. Reassure your child that relationships change throughout our lives, and talk about ways to handle these changes.
Week 10
FAMILY LESSON SUMMARY
This week, your child will explore how remembering their values can help people build positive relationships. Your child will think about ways to form positive relationships with people who share similar interests.
FAMILY LESSON QUESTION
Ask your child to think of one value everyone in the family shares. Talk about ways everyone in your family can help show that value.
PSAT Future Readiness Lesson
Week 9
FAMILY LESSON SUMMARY
This week, your child will learn about values—“the things that matter to you most”—and how remembering their values can help people make good decisions, especially in difficult situations.
FAMILY LESSON QUESTION
Ask your child, “What are some of your values?” Describe your own values, and talk about the ones you have in common and what they mean to each of you.






















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 about SMART goals. SMART goals are Specific, Measurable, Action-Oriented, Realistic, and Timely.
FAMILY LESSON QUESTION
Ask your child what SMART goals are. Talk about goals you and your child have and your plans for achieving those goals.
Week 5
FAMILY LESSON SUMMARY
This week, your child will learn that making mistakes and failing can feel bad, but they’re also an opportunity to get better at something. Your child will think about ways to get better using these techniques: asking for help, using a new strategy, and working harder.
FAMILY LESSON QUESTION
Ask your child to describe a personal experience that involved making a mistake or failing at something. Together think about how that experience can be used as an opportunity to get better. Talk about a time you failed at something and how you learned from the experience.
Week 4
FAMILY LESSON SUMMARY
This week, your child will think about how the world could be a better place. Your child will also reflect on personal interests and how to develop them to create that better world.
FAMILY LESSON QUESTION
Ask your child, “What are some ways the world could be a better place?” Ask how you can support your child’s interests, and together, think about creative ways those interests can be developed to create a better world.
Week 3
FAMILY LESSON SUMMARY
This week, your child will continue to think about identity and how people sometimes “switch” identities to fit in with different social groups. The lesson explains that it’s okay to change identities depending on the group you’re in, but your child doesn’t have to change in ways that don’t feel right.
FAMILY LESSON QUESTION
Ask if your child ever feels the need to switch identities to fit in, and how that feels. Tell your child about a time you felt you had to change in a way that didn’t feel right so you would be accepted by a group.
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 8, 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 social-emotional skills taught in the Second Step Program can help your child be successful and get along with others, in middle school and beyond.
FAMILY LESSON QUESTION
Ask about any changes your child has noticed in friends now that they’re all growing up and what your child thinks about these changes.
Grade 8, Lesson 2
FAMILY LESSON SUMMARY
This week’s lesson will help your child reflect on personal identity by asking the question “Who am I?” Your child will learn that people’s identities change over time and that adolescence is a period when people typically explore questions about who they are.
FAMILY LESSON QUESTION
Ask each member of the family to answer the question “Who am I?” Follow up by asking which are the most important aspects of each person’s identity and why.

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