Identifying Anxiety - 1

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Teachers

Definition: Anxiety is the feeling of worry or nervousness; unease feeling.

Discussion Points

  • Anxiety is strong feelings of fear or worry.
  • Everyone feels anxiety.
  • It’s ok to feel anxiety.

Discuss with students what anxiety is. 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: What Does Anxiety Look Like

Display the pictures to students. Discuss what clues you see in the picture to know that the child is anxious. Assist students with recognizing facial cues.

Materials Needed:
  • Picture Cards

Activity 2: Situations

Develop a list of situations that cause kids to become anxious. Record answers on the board.

(Ex. Parent leaving child with a babysitter.)

Materials Needed:
  • Chart Paper or Chalkboard

Activity 3: Draw A Comic

Students should complete student activity sheet A and then discuss their work when all are finished.

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 B.

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 of identifying anxiety:
Mr. B: Good morning Silas. I see you are restless.
Silas: Yes, and my stomach hurts. I really just want to be alone.
Mr. B: Silas, I think you are feeling anxious. How about we take a walk.

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

Script Writing and Animation

In small groups, have the students create scripts identifying anxiety. Use the script sheet to create students scripts.

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

Example script of identifying anxiety:
Mr. B: Good morning Silas. I see you are restless.
Silas: Yes, and my stomach hurts. I really just want to be alone.
Mr. B: Silas, I think you are feeling anxious. How about we take a walk.

Example script of incorrectly addressing anxiety:
Mr. B: Good morning Silas. I see you are restless.
Mike: Yes, and my stomach hurts. I really just want to be alone.
Mr. B: I think you are just making it up. You are fine.

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

Lesson Review

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

Materials Needed:
  • Student Lesson Review Sheet - 1 per student
  • 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.

  • What to Do When You Worry Too Much: A Kid’s Guide to Overcoming Anxiety by Dawn Huebner, PhD
  • David and the Worry Beast by Anne Marie Guanci
  • Is a Worry Worrying You? by Ferida Wolff
  • Sea Otter Cove: A Relaxation Story by Lori Lite
  • Little Mouse’s Big Book of Fears by Emily Gravett
  • A Boy and a Bear: The Children’s Relaxation Book by Lori Lite
  • Don’t Panic, Annika! by Juliet Clare Bell
  • Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes
  • Wilma Jean the Worry Machine by Julia Cook
  • What to Do When You’re Scared and Worried by James J. Crist
  • When My Worries Get Too Big! by Kari Dunn Buron
  • The Worry Glasses, Overcoming Anxiety by Donalisa Helsley
  • I Feel Worried! by Nadine Briggs and Donna Shea

Students

Go to only student curriculum

Student Activity Sheet A

Directions: Draw a picture of someone who is anxious.

My character is anxious because

Student Activity Sheet B

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

Student Lesson Review Sheet

Directions: Determine if the individual in the scenario is feeling anxious. Circle thumbs up if they are and thumbs down if they are not. Discuss why you selected the answer.


Tori is excited that she got a new bike for her birthday. She tells Chris all about it.

Silas is worried about his upcoming math test. He begins picking at his fingernails.

Donny is worried that someone will take his pencil while he is at recess. He goes back to his desk many times to check to make sure it is where he has hidden it.

Chris shuts his finger in his locker door. He begins to cry in pain.