Coping Skills - 1

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Teachers

Definition: Coping skills are needed to help us handle life situations successfully.

Discussion Points

  • We all have ways we try to cope with strong feelings.
  • Some coping approaches are successful and some are not.

Discuss with students what coping skills are. Review the discussion point questions.

Possible activities to review the discussion point:

  • The group should form a circle. Ask a question and allow students to toss a bean bag to those who would like to answer the question.
  • Play tic-tac-toe by dividing the group into teams. Write discussion questions on a post-it note and place them on the tic-tac-toe grid. Allow a representative from the team to select a post-it note and as a team develop an answer to the question. If they get it right they may put their teams marker (x or o) on the grid.

Activity 1: Emotions Review

Review with students the basic emotions of sad, angry, and scared.

Materials Needed:
  • Pencil for each student
  • Chart paper or chalkboard

Sad - Feeling bad about something that happened to you. There is a frown on your face. Angry - Feeling mad about something that happened to you. Scared - Feeling like your belly is sick and you want to get away from a person, place, or thing quickly.

Ask students to share:
1. What makes them sad?
2. What makes them angry?
3. What scares them?
Record answers on the board.

Activity 2: Coping Skills

In a large group ask students for ideas of what helps them calm down when they are feeling big emotions such as sad, angry, or scared. Record answers on the board. Practice each coping skill as a class. Examples might include:

Materials Needed:
  • Chart paper or chalkboard
Talking with a trusted adult Drawing or coloring
Deep breathing Stretching
Counting to 10 Taking a walk
Playing with putty or a stress ball Listening to music
Reading a book Doing a puzzle

Activity 3: How can I calm down?

Materials Needed:
  • Student Activity Sheet A - 1 per student
  • Pencil for each student

Lesson Extension: Listening Comprehension

Explain that a script is a form of dialogue writing between characters in a movie, play, or broadcast. Utilizing the immersive reader students should listen carefully as the teacher plays the example scripts below. Replay the script if needed. Allow students time to answer the questions on student activity sheet D.

After students have finished, discuss the listening comprehension questions together.

Materials Needed:
  • Student Activity Sheet B - 1 per student
  • Pencil for each student

Example script demonstrating helpful coping skills:
Chris: Hi Donny, how are you today?
Donny: I’m very worried about my dog. She is sick
Chris: That’s so sad. Have you tried some helpful coping strategies.
Donny: I’ve been thinking about things that make me happy, like ice cream!

If time allows students may partner together and role play the script.

Script Writing and Animation

Review and discuss example scripts from lesson extension.

In small groups, have the students create scripts demonstrating patience appropriately and inappropriately. Use the script sheet to create students scripts.

Have students record their scripts using SiLAS software for social skills. Remember to name and save their work. Premiere the movies with the group members at the end of each session.

Materials Needed:
  • Script sheet for each group
  • Pencil for each student

Example script demonstrating helpful coping skills:
Chris: Hi Donny, how are you today?
Donny: I’m very worried about my dog. She is sick
Chris: That’s so sad. Have you tried some helpful coping strategies.
Donny: I’ve been thinking about things that make me happy, like ice cream!

Example script demonstrating harmful coping skills:
Chris: Hi Donny, how are you today?
Donny: I’m very worried about my dog. She is sick
Chris: That’s so sad. Have you tried some helpful coping strategies.
Donny: (Yelling) Coping strategies are stupid. They don’t help me at all.

Lesson Review

Allow students to complete the student lesson review sheet

Materials Needed:
  • Student Lesson Review Sheet
  • Pencil for each student

Read Aloud Recommendations: Completing a read aloud with students is a great way for them to see and learn social skills as well as incorporating reading skills. Below are some books that could be used to reinforce the concept. Read and discuss as appropriate for level and as time allows throughout the lesson.

  • I Can Handle It by Laurie Wright
  • My Day is Ruined!: A Story Teaching Flexible Thinking by Bryan Smith
  • Of Course It’s a Big Deal by Bryan Smith
  • How Do Dinosaurs Say I’m Mad? by Jane Yole & Mark Teague
  • Grumpy Pants by Claire Messe
  • Oh No, George! by Chris Haughton

Students

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Student Activity Sheet A

Directions: Draw or write your answers.

When I am feeling big emotions I can:

When I am feeling big emotions adults can help me by:

Student Activity Sheet B

Directions: Draw a comic to match the script you listened to.

Student Lesson Review Sheet

Directions: Match the description to the emotion.

angry scared sad

1. Feeling bad about something that happened to you. There is a frown on your face. You are .

2. Feeling mad about something that happened to you.You are .

3. Feeling like your belly is sick and you want to get away from a person, place, or thing quickly.You are .

4. What coping skill helps you the most?