Patience - 1

Basic

Lesson Plan

Goal: While in an education setting (in-person or virtual), the student will practice patience with peers and adults (such as waiting to speak, taking turns using a toy or classroom item) in 8 out of 10 observable opportunities, as measured by a teacher assessment tool.

Objectives:
1. Waiting his/her turn while playing a classroom game or completing a classroom activity.
2. Waiting to speak or share their thoughts/answers (not talking over or at the same time as others).

Definitions of Key Terms: Patience means waiting calmly without complaining or getting upset.

Discussion Points:

  • Why should I wait calmly without complaining?
  • When do I need to be patient?
  • What can I do to help me be patient?

Discuss these points or your own with students. Review the discussion points with the students. Teachers may want to share their own examples of when he/she had to be patient.

    Possible activities to review the discussion points:

  • 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 team's marker (x or o) on the grid.

Directions for In-Person or Virtual Learning: You have three options for students to complete this lesson.

  • Option 1: Print the Student Activity Sheet for each student. Complete the lesson as a group and assign the activity sheet to the students.
  • Option 2: Click the Student link to access the activity sheet electronically and post to your Learning Management System (if your school has one) or send the link to the student. The student may complete the activity sheet electronically within the classroom on a shared computer or device.
  • Option 3: Click the Student link to access the activity sheet electronically and send the link to the student. The student may access the link from a home computer, chromebook, iPad or other device.

Activity 1: Patience Game

Tell students that you are going to play the patience game. Discuss possible rewards the class would like and choose one. Explain the rules: when you flip the sand timer over, the students will sit still and quiet until time is up. If they are able to do so successfully, they will all get a reward. To make it a little more difficult you could put the reward in front of the group.

Materials Needed:
  • Sand Timer
  • Incentive/reward ideas for students
  • Interactive board or chart paper

*Rewards can be tangible (candy, stickers, prize box etc.), privileges (sitting in the teacher’s chair, extra technology etc.) or the opportunity to have students share their animations with the whole group.

After students have completed the game, discuss with them how their brain and body felt when they had to wait. Add responses to the interactive board or chart paper. Discuss if the students felt it easy to play the game or if they felt it was difficult. Remind them that there are no wrong answers to that discussion point/question. Have students share and record those answers/responses on the interactive board or chart paper.

Ask students to think of times when they have been asked to be patient or have had to show patience in the past. This can be completed individually or you may form pairs or groups of students to brainstorm the list. Record the list on the interactive board or chart paper.

Activity 2: Personal Story

Review the previous activity/lesson and all the different activities or times when students may have had to be patient or were asked by an adult to be patient. Ask students to think of one time when they were successful in showing patience or an activity that they may be asked to show patience. Allow students time to complete Student Activity Sheet A.

Materials Needed:
  • Student Activity Sheet A - 1 Per Student
  • Pencil, Crayon, Markers etc.

After the activity has been completed, encourage students to share their picture and facilitate a follow up classroom discussion.

Student Activity Sheet A

Directions: Draw a picture of a time you have to show patience even if it’s hard.

I have to show patience when

Activity 3: When I Need to Be Patient

Discuss with students there are many strategies or actions we can do to help us be patient. Record answers on the interactive board or chart paper. Either as a large group, small group, or independently, have students cut out the coping skill cards that they already practiced or would like to try. Encourage them to also make their own coping skill cards.

Materials Needed:
  • Chart Paper or Interactive Board
  • Student Activity Sheet B - 1 Per Student
  • Scissors, pencil/crayons for each student
  • Coping skills cards - Link Here

After the students have completed their coping skills cards, you may gather the class together to have them role play or discuss why they chose the card(s) they did.

Student Activity Sheet B

Directions: There are many actions we can do to help us when we need to be patient. Here are some ideas. Cut out the cards of actions you could try or have tried in the past. You can also make your own card.

Coping skills cards - Link Here

Optional: Lesson Extension: Listening Comprehension

Explain that a script is a form of dialogue writing between characters in a movie, play, or broadcast. Using the Immersive Reader, students should listen carefully as the teacher shares the example scripts. Scripts can be replayed as needed. Allow students time to answer the questions on Student Activity Sheet C.

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

After students have finished, allow those that want to share their comic do so or role play one of the example scripts.

Example Script: Practicing Patience Appropriately:
Tori: My mom took my me and my brother to see the new cartoon movie. The line was very long. We had to wait forever.
Donny: Did you like the movie? What did you do while you waited in line?
Tori: We played “Eye Spy” and told silly jokes. That helped make the time seem to go by more quickly.
Donny: I am glad you liked the movie. I will ask my dad if he will take me. What a good idea to play games. I am going to try that the next time I have to wait.

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.

  • Betty Bunny Loves Chocolate Cake, Kaplan, Michael B.
  • Harriet, You’ll Drive me Wild!, Fox, Mem
  • Leo the Late Bloomer, Robert Kraus
  • Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse, Henkes, Kevin
  • Llama Llama Red Pajama, Dewdney, Anna
  • Owl Moon Jane Yolen, Yolen, Jane
  • "Slowly, Slowly, Slowly,” said the Sloth, Carle, Eric

Student Activity Sheet C

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

Application Activity

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

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

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

Ideas for modifying this activity based on your students’ needs:

  • create a script as a class
  • pair or group students so that skill levels are varied and assign each a role or task that uses their skill
  • create the script by recording the dialog with a phone or other recording device.

Example Script: Practicing Patience Appropriately:
Tori: My mom took my me and my brother to see the new cartoon movie. The line was very long. We had to wait forever.
Donny: Did you like the movie? What did you do while you waited in line?
Tori: We played “Eye Spy” and told silly jokes. That helped make the time seem to go by more quickly.
Donny: I am glad you liked the movie. I will ask my dad if he will take me. What a good idea to play games. I am going to try that the next time I have to wait.

Example Script: Practicing Patience Inappropriately:
Tori: My mom took my me and my brother to see the new cartoon movie. The line was very long. We had to wait forever.
Donny: Did you like the movie? What did you do while you waited in line?
Tori: We never even saw the movie! My brother started crying because his feet hurt. I told him to quit being a baby. He started yelling at me! My mom told us we didn’t have the patience to wait in line and that she was disappointed in how we behaved.
Donny: Oh man. I am sorry. It is hard to wait. Maybe next time you will think of ways to pass the time.

Topic Checkout

Review the discussion from previous lessons/activities with the class. Allow students to complete the Student Topic Checkout. Discuss the students’ answers when they have finished.

Materials Needed:
  • Student Topic Checkout - 1 per student
  • Pencil for Each Student

Read Aloud Recommendations: Completing a read aloud with students is a great way connect text with lesson content while incorporating reading and language practice. Below are suggested titles reinforcing the SEL topic.

  • Carle, Eric. "Slowly, Slowly, Slowly,” said the Sloth
  • Dewdney, Anna. Llama Llama Red Pajama
  • Fox, Mem. Harriet, You’ll Drive me Wild!
  • Henkes, Kevin. Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse
  • Kaplan, Michael B. Betty Bunny Loves Chocolate Cake
  • Robert Kraus. Leo the Late Bloomer
  • Yolen, Jane. Owl Moon Jane Yolen

Student Topic Checkout

Directions: Check or circle a thumbs up if the character shows patience. Check or circle a thumbs down if the character does not show patience.

1. Silas wants to be first in line. He pushes everyone to be at the front.

2. At recess Anya really wants to swing but they are all being used. She sits on the bench and waits her turn.

3. Tori and her friends are talking about what each of them did over the weekend. Tori waits quietly for her turn to share about her weekend.

4. The teacher asks a question that Donny knows the answer to. Donny shouts out in class to tell the answer.