Identifying Anxiety - 3

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

Discussion Points

  • Anxiety is strong feelings of fear or worry.
  • Everyone feels anxiety.
  • How a person handles their anxiety influence their behavior and actions.
  • Feeling Anxiety is normal.
  • What matters is how we express our emotions.

Discuss with students what anxiety is. Review the discussion points.

Possible activity to review the discussion point:

  • Brainstorming: Have students work independently/small groups/pairs to develop a list of situations that could cause anxiety. Have students share answers.

Activity 1: What Does Anxiety Look Like

Discuss with students that everyone feels anxious at times. What is important is how we respond to our anxiety. Break students into small groups. Allow each group to brainstorm what facial features and body language allows us to know that someone may be anxious. Groups should write one indicator per post-it note and post it on the board or chart paper. Discuss when finished.

Materials Needed:
  • Post-it notes
  • Chalkboard or chart paper
  • Pencil for each student/group

Activity 2: Recognizing Anxiety

Review what anxiety is: Anxiety is the feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease feeling

Discuss possible reasons for Anxiety. Allow students to share other reasons.

  • People may feel anxious because they are unsure how to deal with a situation.
  • People may feel anxious because of the stress at school or work.
  • People may feel anxious because they fear germs.
  • Allow students time to complete student activity sheet A and then discuss.

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

Activity 3: How does anxiety affect others?

Discuss how others feel when someone near them is anxious. Students should complete student activity sheet B and then discuss when all are finished.

Materials Needed:
  • Student activity sheet B - 1 per student
  • Pencil for each student

Script Writing and Animation

Script Prompt: Develop a script and create an animation that includes two characters in a setting related to the problem. The dialogue between the characters must include:

  • Identifying anxiety, words or body language expressing anxiety, a statement sharing what caused the anxiety, an acceptable way to handle anxiety, 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: Teacher led discussion of script creation. As a whole/small group, write both an appropriate and inappropriate version of the script. In small groups or individually, have the students independently create scripts identifying character strengths. Use the script sheet to create students' scripts.

    Independent Script Recording: Pair students to complete 2 scripts together using the same script prompt detailed above. Direct 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 name and save their work. 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 answers when finished.

    Materials Needed:
    • Student Lesson Review Sheet - 1 per student
    • Pencil for each student


    Go to only student curriculum

    Student Activity Sheet A

    Directions: Read the following scenarios. Write what indicates to you that the character is anxious.

    Student Activity Sheet B

    Directions: Answer the question.

    Student Lesson Review Sheet

    Directions: Write about time when you were anxious. Describe the incident, how it made you feel and what strategies you used or should have used to cope.