Identifying Anxiety - Students 2


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Student Activity Sheet A

Directions: Brainstorm or think about ideas or reasons a person may feel anxious.

Examples: Signs of Anxiety

Agitation Crying
Restlessness Unable to settle down
Unable to focus Picking at skin
Headaches or stomach aches Checking things over and over
Avoidance of situations Wanting to be alone

Have you observed other signs of anxiety in people you may know? List them here.

Student Activity Sheet B

Read the following situations. After each one, write down your answers to these questions:

  • Was that a good way to react?
  • How would you react in that same situation?

1. Silas is worried he will not pass his math test. He begins to cry.

2. Tori is anxious that she will not be invited to Anna’s birthday party. She feels very alone and sits on the curb by herself during recess.

3. Germs make Donny anxious. When someone bumps into him in the hall he brushes his arms and blows the germs off. He often yells at the person that bumped into him.

Student Activity Sheet C

Directions: Think about the script read/played for the class and complete the questions below.

1. Who are the characters in this script?

2. How did Mr. B know Silas was anxious?

3. What did Mr. B suggest Silas do to reduce his anxiety?

4. How do you think Silas feels when Mr. B. thinks he is making up his hurting stomach?

5. Can you think of a time you have been anxious?

Student Activity Sheet D

Directions: In the scripts below, circle in purple two nouns that name a person and one noun that names a place. Circle in red two verbs.


A noun names a person, place, thing, or idea

A verb verb describes an action, a state, or an occurrence.

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

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

Student Topic Checkout

Directions: Determine if the individual in each situation below is feeling anxious. Write one or two sentences to support your answer.

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

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

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

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