Personal Space - 2

Foundational

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Teachers

Definition: Maintaining an appropriate distance from your communication partner.

Questions

  • What does it mean to respect someone else’s personal space?
  • What is the distance that we should maintain between ourselves and a communication partner?
  • Why is it important to stay outside of someone’s body bubble?
  • How would you feel if someone did not respect your body bubble and he/she invaded your space?
  • What should we say to someone who is standing too close?

Discuss with students what it means to maintain personal space. 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: Circumstances

Use a hula-hoop to demonstrate the distance that individuals should maintain when conversing with each other. Have two children stand inside the hoop together and ask them how they feel. Then, ask one child to remain in the hoop while the other stands outside. Ask them how they feel now that there is more distance between them.

Make a list of the circumstances when it is important to respect the personal space of others.

Example: When speaking with a teacher

Materials Needed:
  • Hula-hoop
  • Chart paper or chalk board

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

Activity 3: Comic Strip Worksheet

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

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

Lesson Extension: Listening Comprehension and Grammar Review

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 C.

After students have finished, discuss the listening comprehension questions together.

Materials Needed:
  • Student Activity Sheet C - 1 per student
  • Pencil for each student
  • Student activity sheet D - 1 per student
  • Red and purple colored pencil or crayon

Example script demonstrating two people using strategies to achieve appropriate personal space:
Silas: Hi, Darren. How are you?
Darren: I am fine. I just got a new video game.
Silas: Would you like to play it together?
Darren: Sure.
Silas: Darren could you please move over? You are siting too close to me.
Darren: Of course I can.


Example script demonstrating two people not using strategies to achieve appropriate personal space:
Silas: Hi, Darren. How are you?
Darren: I am fine. I just got a new video game.
Silas: Get off me!
Darren: What are you talking about?
Silas: Get off me! You are always leaning on me!

After completing the listening comprehension portion of this activity provide students a copy of student activity sheet D. Point out to students the features of script text to indicate which character is talking. Remind students that this is a dialogue between characters.

Allow students time to complete activity sheet D.

Display the script using the immersive reader, highlight the nouns in the script. Students should self check their work to determine if they correctly named nouns. Repeat for verbs and syllables.

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

Script Writing and Animation

Review and discuss example scripts from lesson extension.

In small groups, have the students create scripts demonstrating using and not using strategies to achieve appropriate personal space. Use the script sheet to create students scripts.

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

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

Lesson Review

Allow students to complete the student lesson review sheet

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

  • Personal Space Camp by Julia Cook
  • Violet Mackerel’s Personal Space by Anna Bradford
  • Kindergators: Hands Off, Harry! by Rosemary Wells
  • Harrison P. Spader Personal Space Invader by Christianne Jones

Students

Go to only student curriculum

Student Activity Sheet A

Directions: Write or tell a story about a time when someone invaded your personal body space and describe how it felt.

Student Activity Sheet B

Directions: Study the comic strips below. Circle the answers that show that the characters respect each other’s personal space.

Student Activity Sheet C

  • Who are the characters in this script?
  • What new item did Darrin get?
  • How is Darrin invading Silas’s space?
  • How do you think Silas feels when Darrin is invading his space?
  • How do you feel when others invade your space?

Student Activity Sheet D

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

Remember: A noun names a person, place, thing, or idea. A verb names describe an action, state, or occurrence

Example script of demonstrating active listening appropriately:
Silas: Hi, Darren. How are you?
Darren: I am fine. I just got a new video game.
Silas: Would you like to play it together?
Darren: Sure.
Silas: Darren could you please move over? You are siting too close to me.
Darren: Of course I can.


Example script of not demonstrating active listening appropriately:
Silas: Hi, Darren. How are you?
Darren: I am fine. I just got a new video game.
Silas: Get off me!
Darren: What are you talking about?
Silas: Get off me! You are always leaning on me!

Directions: How many syllables do you hear in the words below?

Student Lesson Review Sheet

Directions: Complete the following questions.

  1. What is personal space?
  2. What distance should we maintain between ourselves and a communication partner?
  3. What does it mean when you invade someone’s personal space or body bubble?
  4. How do you think people feel when you invade their personal space?