Personal Space - 1
- What is personal space or your body bubble?
- What does it mean to respect someone else’s personal space?
- What is the distance that we should maintain between ourselves and a friend?
- 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 they stood too close to you?
- What should we say to someone who is standing too close?
Discuss these points or your own with students. Review the discussion points with the students. The teacher may want to share their own examples of when their personal space was not respected.
- 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.
Possible activities to review the discussion points:
- 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.
Use a hula-hoop (or taped off floor space) 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.
- Hula-hoop or tape for the floor
- Chart paper or Interactive Board
Make a list of the circumstances when it is important to respect the personal space of others. Record answers from students on chart paper or the board. Also discuss any situations in which you may need to get closer (into someone’s personal space) and how you should do so in a positive manner. Ideas could include when you need to share a secret or tell someone about something you do not want others to hear.
Examples could include (or make your own): When speaking with a teacher, asking a friend to sit with you at lunch, or talking to the school secretary.
Review the key points from Activity 1. Ask students to complete Student Activity Sheet A. Discuss as a group when all have finished.
- Student Activity Sheet A
- Pencil for each student
Directions: Study the comic strips below. Circle the answers that show that the characters respect each other’s personal space.
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 B.
- Student Activity Sheet B - 1 per student
- Pencil for each student
After students have finished and if time allows, ask students to partner together to role play the script.
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.
- A Little Space For Me , Olsen, Jennifer
- Can I Give You a Squish? , Neilson, Emily
- Harrison P. Spader Personal Space Invader , Jones, Christianne
- Kindergators: Hands Off, Harry! , Wells, Rosemary
- My Very Own Space , Goodhart, Pippa
- Personal Space Camp , Cook, Julia
- Through With the Zoo , Grant, Jacob
- Violet Mackerel’s Personal Space , Bradford, Anna
Directions: Draw a comic to match the script you listened to.
In small groups, have the students create scripts demonstrating maintaining personal space appropriately and inappropriately. Use the script sheet to create students' scripts.
- Script Sheet- 1 per 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.
Review key points from the previous activities with students. Ask students to complete the Student Topic Checkout.
After all students have finished, discuss the answers.
- Student Topic Checkout - 1 per student
- A pencil for each student
Complete the following questions.