Personal Space - 1

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Teachers

Definition: The circle around your body that no one should enter or stand in without your permission! This is also known as your body bubble.

Questions

  • 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 with students what personal space means. 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: Comic Strip Worksheet

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

Materials Needed:
  • Student Activity Sheet A
  • Pencil for each student

Lesson Extension: Listening Comprehension

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 B - 1 per student
  • Pencil for each student

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.


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

Script Writing and Animation

Materials Needed:
  • Student Activity Sheet B - 1 per student
  • Pencil for each student

In small groups, have the students create scripts using eye contact appropriately (looking at the conversation partner) and inappropriately (by not looking at the conversation partner). Use the script sheet to create students scripts.

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!

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.

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

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Student Activity Sheet A

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

Student Activity Sheet B

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

Student Lesson Review Sheet

Complete the following questions.

1. What is personal space?






2. What is a body bubble?




3. Is it okay to stand so close to people that you are touching them?


4. Do you think people like it when your friends stand too close?