Personal Space - 3

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Definition: Maintaining an appropriate distance from people during a conversation or others sharing the same common space with you. The general rule is to allow an arm’s length between you and with those sharing your space.

Discussion Points

  • What does it mean to respect someone else’s personal space?
  • Is the same distance between people the same for everyone?
  • What should we say to someone who is standing too close?
  • How do you feel when someone invades your personal space?

Discuss with students what it means to maintain personal space. Review the discussion point questions.

Possible activities to review the discussion point:

SEL Categories Activity:

  • Ask students to create a list of words associated with the topic (2-5 minutes)
  • Once time is up, ask each student to share a word or thought from their list.
  • Others must cross that word or thought off their list.
  • Continue process until all words or thoughts have been listed.

Think. Pair. Share:

    The teacher will pose questions related to the discussion points. Explain the purpose of the activity is to think about the question and activate prior knowledge. The teacher will model the activity to facilitate student understanding.

  • T (Think): Teacher begins by asking students what can cause a disagreement between two people.
  • P (Pair): Each student should be paired with another student, small group or work with teacher. Pairs write brief answers on sticky notes or slips of paper.
  • S (Share): Students share their thinking with their partner. Teacher then leads whole-group conversation using students’ answers.

Activity 1: Why is Personal Space Important?

Demonstrate with students appropriate and inappropriate personal space. Ask students to think about why personal space is important. Each student should write their response on a sticky notes and display it on the board.

Materials Needed:
  • Sticky Notes
  • Chart paper or chalkboard

Activity 2: Personal Story

Allow students time to complete student activity sheet A. Discuss when finished.

Materials Needed:
  • Student Activity Sheet A - 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:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of personal space
  • 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 versions of the script. In small groups or individually, have the students independently create scripts using the prompts above.

    Independent Script Recording: Pair students to complete 2 scripts together using the same script prompt detailed above. Direct students to take turns being 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
    • A pencil for each student


    Go to only student curriculum

    Student Activity Sheet A

    Directions: Answer the question below.

    How might others feel when their personal space is invaded?

    Student Lesson Review Sheet

    Directions: Complete the following questions.

    How well do you do with maintaining an appropriate amount of personal space? What cues do others give you that help you to know if you are standing too close or too far away from those sharing space with you?