Counselor Chill Corner: activity #4 totem temperature taker

The totem pole is a fun tool to use to measure student’s mood.  At the beginning of the school year take a picture of each student.  Cut out the face and attach it to a Hawaiian shirt.  Inform the student that he or she will use their Hawaiian piece to take their temperature.  The student will do a temperature check as soon as they enter the counseling room.  They will place their Hawaiian piece on the animal that matches their mood.  The shark indicates they are feeling pretty hot or angry.  The crab indicates they are feeling warm or crabby (grumpy).  The dolphin indicates they are feeling cool or happy.  The turtle indicates they are feeling chill or calm.  The higher their temperature the more difficult it is to be successful in class and to have a good day.  The activities in the chill corner will help move their temperature down.  Once their temperature is lowered to the bottom two animals, they are more likely to have a successful and happy day.  The student will retake his or her temperature when the counseling session is complete.

 

How to Make the Large Totem Pole

I used several sheets of poster board to make my animal pictures.  If you are not an artist then get some help from the art teacher at your school.  I colored, cut out, and laminated each sea animal.  Then attach each animal to the styrofoam board using hot glue or adhesive spray. I placed the animals in the following order from top to bottom: shark (angry), crab (grumpy), dolphin (happy), and turtle (calm). Place a velcro dot on each animal picture.   I used shells, starfish, and gold coins to decorate the spaces in between the animals.

How to Make the Small Totem Pole

This option is perfect for those who do not have a lot of space.  Cut out and color the totem pole animals (available on membership site).  You can either keep the paper towel roll as is or you can cover it using decorative tape.  I found some fun Hawaiian print tape at Hobby Lobby.  Laminate the animal pictures and attach them to the paper towel roll using hot glue.  I place the animals in the following order from top to bottom: shark (angry), crab (grumpy), dolphin (happy), and turtle (calm).  Place a velcro dot on each animal picture.

 

How to Make the Kid Pieces

Take a picture of each student.  Cut out the Hawaiian shirt (provided on the membership site) and the face of the student.  Attach the student’s face to the Hawaiian shirt using glue or tape and then laminate.  Place a velcro dot on the back of the kid piece.