Coping With Stress - 3

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Definition: Stress is a feeling of emotional or physical tension. It is your body's reaction to a challenge or demand.

Discussion Points

  • We all experience stress in life.
  • What are possible reasons a person may feel stressed?
  • How do you know you are stressed?
  • Do you have ways to deal with your stress?
  • There are healthy and unhealthy ways to cope with stress.

Review Discussion Points: Provide students with examples for each point.

Possible activities to review the discussion point:

60 Second Paper:

  • Share Discussion Points with students.
  • What are possible reasons a person may feel stressed?
  • Give the students 60 seconds to write down any thoughts, ideas, experiences or questions they may have regarding the topic.
  • Have students share what they have written or collect the papers and discuss content anonymously.

Activity 1: What is Stress?

Lead students in understanding that a normal part of life is experiencing stress. Stress affects everyone regardless of gender, ethnicity, age, or background. Stress is the body’s reaction to a challenge or demand placed on a person. Stress may result from a variety of life situations that become overwhelming. Develop a list of possible situations that may cause stress. Record them on the board (Ex. a test at school, parents' divorce, moving to a new home or school).

Materials Needed:
  • Chart Paper or Chalkboard

Activity 2: How Does Stress Affect Me?

Explain that stress affects everyone differently. Discuss potential effects that stress has on individuals (Ex. depression, irritability, sleeplessness).

Allow students time to complete student activity sheet A.

Materials Needed:
  • Student Activity Sheet A - 1 Per Person
  • Pencil for Each Student

Activity 3: What Can I Do About Stress?

Discuss with students the importance of appropriately dealing with stress. Talk about l ways they currently cope with stress. Allow students time to complete student activity sheet B. Share acceptable ways a person can handle stress.

Materials Needed:
  • Student Activity Sheet B - 1 Per Student
  • Pencil for Each Person

Script Writing and Animation

Script Prompt: Develop a script and create an animation that includes two characters in a setting discussing stress and coping skills. The dialogue between the characters must include:

  • A scenario which creates stress noticeable through body language and spoken words, suggestions for coping with the stress, ways to use coping strategies to avoid feeling stressed or frustrated in the future. use of appropriate ways to end the conversation.
  • Materials Needed:
    • White Board/Chalk Board or Chart Paper
    • Markers
    • Script Sheet for Each Group
    • Pencil for Each Student

    Script Writing Practice: Have students create both an appropriate and inappropriate version on the script. In small groups or individually, have the students create addressing the criteria in the scenario outline above. Use the script sheet to create student scripts.

    Independent Script Recording: Pair students to complete two scripts together using the script prompt detailed above. Each student should take turns to have the opportunity to be both character one and character two.

    Animation Creation: Have students record their scripts using the SiLAS software. Remember to instruct students to name and save their recordings. Premiere the movies with the group members at the end of each session.

    Lesson Extension: Incorporate ELA standards by discussing both spoken and written grammar rules (dialogue punctuation, correct verb tense, sentence structure, parts of a story; character, setting, problem, solution). Consider using both the final animation and written script as an ELA grade/assignment.

    Lesson Review

    Allow students time to complete the student lesson review. Discuss the answers when students are finished.

    Materials Needed:
    • Student Lesson Review Sheet - 1 Per Student
    • Pencil for Each Student

    Student Activity Sheet B

    Fill in your own.

    Student Lesson Review Sheet

    Directions: Write about two causes of stress and an appropriate way to deal with each.