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Elementary School

As part of our comprehensive gang intervention/prevention curriculum, elementary school materials are age-appropriate prevention tools. These materials are designed to be used flexibly to achieve school, district, and community objectives. For a broad overview of our curricula, please refer to our Introduction to the Phoenix Curriculum. Most of these materials are written explicitly for grades 4 and 5.

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Decision Matrix

Program Area Recommended for low and medium risk schools Recommended for high risk schools Supplemental for high risk students
Core Program (elementary school 25-hour version) YES    
Core Program (elementary school 50-hour version)   YES  
What Do You Think? YES YES YES
Gang Awareness YES YES YES
Gathering/Closing Activities   OPTIONAL  
Peer Pressure   OPTIONAL YES
Teachers Manual YES YES YES
Parents Materials (English/Spanish) OPTIONAL YES AVAILABLE

The 50-Hour Core Curriculum

The following lessons make up The Phoenix Curriculum Elementary School core curriculum.

Your values, dreams and goals

  • Whatís important to you? (values activities)
  • Your Dreams and Your Goals
  • Whatís at the end of your rainbow?
  • Making your dreams come true
  • Just like magic

Emotional Intelligence

  • Youíre on stage
  • Know your feelings
  • Problem solving trios
  • You have a right to your feelings
  • Cues and feelings
  • Caring
  • Feelings cards

Problem Solving

  • Problem Solving and Thought Stopping (avoiding impulsive thinking)
  • Problem recognition: using cues to warn yourself about trouble
  • Problem recognition activities
  • What could happen? (consequential thinking)
  • What are your choices? (alternative solution thinking)
  • Risks and consequences (weighing pros and cons)
  • How your decisions affect other people (consequential thinking, sensitivity to other people's feelings)
  • Doing the right thing (consequential thinking)
  • Making a wise choice (consequential thinking)

Risk Factors

  • Going to an adult for help
  • Where can I go? What can I do?
  • Handling risks - where do you stand?
  • Problems and solutions
  • Life can be painful
  • Peer pressure
  • Gangs
  • Making a wise choice
  • Where do you draw the line?
  • How to avoid danger
  • "Escape skills"
  • Refusal skills
  • How to slow down
  • Do you know how to "calm down?"

Protective Factors

  • Itís good to be me
  • What makes me special
  • Give yourself a hand
  • Building the family pyramid
  • My team
  • Real friend or not
  • Friendship - group activity
  • How can we help?
  • Belonging
  • Who can you count on?
  • How to tell your real friends
  • My role models
  • Your "dream team"
  • Your neighborhood

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