Discoverers' Program (3rd—4th Grades)
The Discoverers' Program combines character development, life
skills, academic learning, and outdoor experiences specifically
designed for 3rd and 4th grade youth. It mirrors the Seeker's
Program by providing an integrated approach to character
development. The age appropriate, grade specific lesson plans focus
on the same 8 character traits as the Seekers' Program: 1) Respect,
2) Responsibility, 3) Honesty/Trust, 4) Caring/Fairness, 5)
Perseverance, 6) Self-Discipline, 7) Courage and 8) Citizenship.
Life Skills with topics on Youth Protection, Hobbies and Art lesson
plans are also part of the Discoverers Program.
Each of the 3rd and 4th grade books has 61 lessons plans focusing
on many of the same themes as the Seekers' Program; however, lesson
plans progress in difficulty and cognitive level. Lessons focus on
critical thinking, conflict resolution, perseverance, courage,
interpersonal skills, and ethical decision making. A "Home/Family
Activity Worksheet" is included which each lesson to the lesson plan
at the home.
To further enhance the Discoverers' Program, each book contains
an interactive CD-Rom game for students titled "SuperSafe." The game
presents a series of six age-appropriate scenarios where students
have to make choices about safety issues. The six scenarios are:
Internet Safety, Nonviolent Strategies, Verbal Abuse, Bullying,
Youth Protection, and Unsupervised Children. The game also provides
information that can be sent home to parents. The information
details issues that are being addressed in the SuperSafe CD-Rom game
and shows ways parents/guardians can help their child's development.
online demo of this game.
The Discoverers Program also has a unique recognition plan that
includes honor charts and 15 colorful stickers.
Other valued-added components of the Discoverers' Program
includes: community speakers, mentors, outdoor experiences, field
trips, and teacher training.