Develop Social Skills that Foster Safety and Respect
Early education about playground conflict helps kids learn to be wise, think carefully, and act kindly, so they grow into teenagers that make wise decisions.
Let’s tackle violence prevention early and end the coward punch
Be Wise Story Book Lesson Plans
Three purpose-written children’s books and classroom lesson plans from Foundation to Grade 6
Three hard copies of each story book:
3 x Book 1: The New Playground
3 x Book 2: The Four Square Challenge
3 x Book 3: Footy Fever
Classroom Lesson Plan:
Foundation/Prep Lesson Plan
Grade 1–2 Lesson Plan
Grade 3–4 Lesson Plan
Grade 5–6 Lesson Plan
PLUS an ebook version of each story book
PLUS Teacher’s resources to support the lesson plans
PLUS: digital badge and printable poster
Early Bird Offer (20% off)
Teach life skills that matter
Contribute to the physical, mental and emotional wellbeing of students.
Tackle violence prevention—early
The sooner we can engage students, the better they will retain the key messages.
Embed into wellbeing curriculum
Focus on respectful relationships and how behaviour impacts others. Aligned to the Victorian and Australian Curriculums.
Build a safe school for all
Support teachers dealing with unsafe playground behaviours.
“Relevant, Engaging and Age-Appropriate”
Hear from St Mary’s, Whittlesea, one of the first schools to take advantage of the Pat Cronin Foundation’s Be Wise Story Book Lesson Plans.
Teachers will take their students on a reading journey through the story books, then engage the students with an activity-driven session using the appropriate lesson plan and resources for the students’ level.
The New Playground
3 x hardcopy books
Foundation Lesson Plan and Resources
Grade 1–2 Lesson Plan and Resources
Patch and his friends wriggled and chatted with excitement as they waited to see their new school playground. Ms Stanley reminded all her students how important it was to think carefully and act kindly towards each other no matter how excited they were. But Charlie forgot that important message as soon as he entered the playground.
The Four Square Challenge
3 x hardcopy books
Grade 3–4 Lesson Plan and Resources
Skye had a knot in her stomach as she headed out with Patch, Mei and Khaya for their final practice for the Four Square Time Challenge. She really wanted to win that afternoon’s final. But in one thoughtless moment, when nerves and frustration got the better of her, Skye made a big mistake that cost her a place in the afternoon challenge.
3 x hardcopy books
Grade 5–6 Lesson Plan and Resources
The Aussie Rules under-13 players in the Rockets and Sharks teams were each huddled together before the match as their coaches reminded them to enjoy the game and be good sports at all times. During some closely contested passages of play, Barney forgot that he was part of a team. He let his desire to be a hero cloud his judgement. One thoughtless act changed the end of Barney’s season.
Lesson Plans and Resources
A thoughtfully designed teacher-led program harnessing age-appropriate activities for teachers to use over one or multiple class periods.
Resources include activity sheets and role-play scenarios to support the learning. You will also receive a digital accreditation badge to share on your website or newsletter and a printable poster to display in the classroom.
The materials build on the characters’ experiences in the books to encourage students to explore feelings and emotions.
Students will explore how they relate to positive and negative actions and will make connections to the consequences of these actions.
The stories are on point with the situations that arise in schools and the strategies used to resolve them.
Pauline Turnbull, Teacher
St. Joseph the Worker Primary School, Reservoir North