ERIC Number: ED357824
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Growing Up Strong: A Mental Wellness and Life Skills Development Program for Fifth and Sixth Graders.
Hammer, Judith McGowan; O'Bar, Angelina Merenda
Growing Up Strong (GUS) is a curriculum designed to develop strong mental and physical health in kindergarten through sixth grade students, with the objective of preventing subsequent substance abuse. This document contains a teacher's guide for using GUS in fifth and sixth grade classrooms (GUS 5-6) and duplication masters of materials that can be sent home with children to promote family involvement in GUS. Part I of the five-part teacher's guide provides background information about the program; the trademark cartoon characters Gus, Gussie, and their friends; GUS's multicultural approach and comprehensive prevention philosophy; and major components of the GUS 5-6 program and accessory materials. Part II includes information on using GUS, evaluating the program, and using the family involvement messages; and a sample message to families. Part III offers suggestions on classroom management and details classroom activities designed to reinforce refusal skills and activities designed to help children develop social and self-management skills. These activities relate to such topics as problem solving, brainstorming, cooperative learning, drug facts, life skills, and stress management. The materials designed for children to take home include information sheets for parents on accepting their children's friends, being a good role model, encouraging physical fitness habits, using techniques of stress management, giving accurate information about drugs, and daydreaming. Part IV provides lists of resources: 28 children's books, 24 books on cooperative learning for teachers, 4 publications for parents, and 31 organizational resources. Sample awards for children, information about drugs, an examination to test children's knowledge about drug facts, and GUS promotional materials are attached. (AC)
Descriptors: Activity Units, Child Rearing, Class Activities, Daily Living Skills, Decision Making Skills, Early Intervention, Elementary School Students, Family Programs, Grade 5, Grade 6, Instructional Materials, Intermediate Grades, Language Skills, Learning Activities, Mental Health, Multicultural Education, Parent Participation, Parent Student Relationship, Prevention, Safety, Substance Abuse, Teaching Guides, Wellness
Center for Child and Family Development, The University of Oklahoma, 555 Constitution, Suite 221, Norman, OK 73037 ($20, plus $2 postage and handling).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Sponsor: ACTION, Washington, DC.; Oklahoma State Dept. of Mental Health, Stillwater.
Authoring Institution: Oklahoma Univ., Norman. Center for Child and Family Development.