Counseling Lesson Units

Ms. Hodgkiss visits each classroom every other week for a counseling lesson. These lessons cover a variety of topics (i.e., bullying prevention, empathy, emotion management, etc.). A majority of our counseling lessons use the Second Step social-emotional learning curriculum, which provides extension activities called Homelinks. They are linked below. Homelinks are NOT homework assignments, instead they are an opportunity for parents and students to continue the conversation at home.

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Counseling Lesson Units

Zones of Regulation Emotion Management
Skills For Learning Problem Solving
Bullying Prevention Career
Child Protection Unit Mental Health Awareness Month
Empathy Homelinks

Zones of Regulation

The Zones of Regulation program is being used in all classrooms at Campbell as a universal language for identifying how we are feeling, and what strategies would be most helpful for us with those feelings.

There are four zones.  Each zone reflects how someone is feeling and their level of energy (e.g. too low, too high). While none of the zones are “good” or “bad”, students are most available for learning when they are in the Green zone.

In the first counseling unit of the school year, students learn to identify the face and body clues associated with each zone and talk about how peers and teachers might feel/react when they see someone in each zone.  Older students generate a “toolbox” of strategies they could use when they were in the Blue, Yellow, or Red zones so they could get back to the Green zone and be available for learning.

Please consider using Zones vocabulary at home and ask your child what strategies they can use to increase their energy, decrease their energy, and calm themselves down when they’re upset.

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Skills For Learning

In our Skills for Learning unit, Kindergarten and 1st grade learn about our listening skills. Ask your student to show you the hand signals for the following listening skills:

  • Looking eyes (point to your eyes)
  • Listening ears (cup your ears)
  • Voices quiet (put a finger up to your closed lips)
  • Body still (give yourself a gentle hug)


We also learn about using self-talk to remind ourselves to stay on task. When we use self-talk, we are using a whisper or reminding ourselves silently to “focus”, “don’t get distracted”, or “use the Attent-o-Scope”.

Being Assertive

First graders learn about three different forms of communication. When we speak in a passive or aggressive way, we are not as clear or direct as we need to be. Instead, it is best to use a calm, respectful and strong voice in order to be assertive.


In 2nd and 3rd grades, we learn about three important parts of our brains: our amygdala (which helps us react quickly in situations), our hippocampus (which helps us remember things), and our prefrontal cortex (which helps us make strong choices). We also learn mindfulness practices to help us focus our minds.

Setting Goals and Making Plans

4th and 5th grade students learn about setting short- and long-term goals and making plans to achieve them. Using the Good Plan Checklist, we check our plans to see if:

  1. The plan matches the goal
  2. There is enough time to accomplish the plan
  3. It is not too complicated
  4. It’s achievable

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Bullying Prevention

In our Bullying Prevention unit, Campbell students learn how to Recognize, Report, and Refuse Bullying. We also learn about being Upstanders.


Bullying hurts someone’s body, feelings or belongings; it happens on purpose; it is unfair or one-sided; it happens more than once; and we are unable to get it to stop.


When we recognize bullying it happening, we must report it to a caring and trusted adult. When we report bullying, we try to use an assertive voice that is clear, serious, and respectful. In our Bullying Prevention Unit, all students are asked to identify caring and trusted adults in the Campbell community who they could report bullying to.


Both Upstanders and anyone who is experiencing bullying can refuse bullying by telling the bully or bullies to stop using an assertive voice.


Campbell 3rd through 5th grade students take a pledge every year to be Upstanders. Upstanders take responsibility for preventing and stopping bullying in their community. When they recognize an unsafe or unkind situation is happening, they can support the person experiencing the unsafe or unkind behavior by reporting it to an adult, refusing the bullying, and checking in on the victim. Upstanders understand that we all have a responsibility to keep Campbell a safe and welcoming community for everyone.

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Child Protection Unit

The Child Protection Unit includes one grade level specific lesson in Kindergarten through 5th grade classrooms. Campbell students learn ways to help them decide if something is safe or not: specifically, about safe, unsafe, and unwanted touches, and rules about touching private body parts (we define this to students as the area covered by swimsuits). They also learn to say no to unsafe or unwanted touches, and to tell an adult if someone breaks rules about touching private body parts. Students also practice asking an adult for help, telling an adult about an unsafe situation, and being assertive to get out of unsafe situations.

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In this unit, students learn about identifying feelings in themselves and in others using physical cues like body language and facial expressions in the younger grades, in addition to tone of voice, behavior, and word choice. We also learned about similarities and differences, and how being similar and being different are both okay! This unit ties in nicely with the ideals and values captured in The Campbell Way.


In the older grades, students learn about treating others with compassion when we recognize how they’re feeling and how to take the perspectives of others. We also discuss how Upstanders use empathy and compassion to make Campbell an inclusive and safe community.

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Emotion Management

In this unit, students learn How to Calm Down in three easy-to-remember steps: Stop, Name Your Feeling, and Calm Down. Step 3 (“Calm Down”) looks different for every person; it may mean counting slowly, belly breathing, or using positive self-talk. Students learn about applying these steps in situations when they are in the Yellow or Red Zones and feeling things like upset, angry, or frustrated.

We also learn about the importance of using the steps for calming down before we try to problem solve or communicate with someone else.

There are hand signals that go with the How to Calm Down steps– ask your student to share them with you!

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Problem Solving

In this unit, students learned the STEP acronym for Problem Solving:

S – Say the problem without blame
T – Think of safe and respectful solutions
E – Explore consequences; what would happen if you chose each solution?
P – Pick the best solution and make a plan In the younger grades, students practice applying STEP to conflicts between characters.

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In the counseling unit on Careers, students use the Virginia Wizard platform:

  • Learn that people have jobs and a variety of jobs exist through learning about Career Clusters.
  • Learn that people dream about getting certain jobs.
  • Learn about jobs people do at our school.
  • Learn about jobs people do in our community.
  • Learn about their personal values and skills that may influence job choice in the future.

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Mental Health Awareness Month: May 2023

Students learn about various ways to maintain mental wellness, such as establishing habits, getting plenty of sleep, eating a well-balanced diet, getting exercise, going outside, socializing with friends, and practicing self-care and mindfulness.

Students in older grades also learn about how to recognize when they need support or help with their mental health and wellness. In the 2022-2023 school year, this unit will be supplemented with lessons from the Riding the Waves curriculum.

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Second Step Program Details

If you would like to have access to family resources related to the Second Step program, please go to to create an account using the appropriate activation key for the grade level of your student. Here are instructions to access Second Step resources, including the Homelinks:

  • Go to
  • Enter your email address and create a password
  • For Job title, select “Parent”
  • Enter your State, city, and select your student’s school
  • Enter your family activation key under “Product activation key”

Activation Codes

Preschool SSPEFAMILY68
Kindergarten SSPKFAMILY70
1st Grade SSP1FAMILY71
2nd Grade SSP2FAMILY72
3rd Grade SSP3FAMILY73
4th Grade SSP4FAMILY74
5th Grade SSP5FAMILY75
  • Navigate to “My Dashboard”
  • Here, you can choose to view Resources (support material for parents), or Streaming Lesson Media, which gives access to the lesson videos and songs.  This will also allow you to access the Homelinks linked below.

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Homelinks are extension activities that students and families may choose to do at home to build on what we’ve learned in the classroom during counseling lessons.  Not every lesson has a Homelink, and Ms. Hodgkiss doesn’t teach every lesson that does have a Homelink.  Please note that in order to access these links, you need to first set up your own Second Step account.  Instructions on how to set up a Second Step account are above.

Kindergarten Homelinks English Kindergarten Homelinks Spanish
1st Grade Homelinks English 1st Grade Homelinks Spanish
2nd Grade Homelinks English 2nd Grade Homelinks Spanish
3rd Grade Homelinks English 3rd Grade Homelinks Spanish
4th Grade Homelinks English 4th Grade Homelinks Spanish
5th Grade Homelinks English 5th Grade Homelinks Spanish

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