Saying "No" - 1

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Teachers

Definition: You can say "no" to friends. If you do not want to do what they are doing you should say "no" nicely and tell the person why.

Discussion Points

    Questions
  • Is it okay to say “no” to a friend?
  • How do you say “no” politely?
  • What can happen if you decline an invitation?

Discuss with students what saying “no” 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

As a whole group, make a list of circumstances when it is important to say “no” to peers and friends. Example: When a friend asks you to steal gum from a store

Discuss how we feel when we have to say “no” to peers and friends.

Materials Needed:
  • Chart paper or chalk board

Activity 2: Role Play

Read a scenario to the class. Discuss how to respectfully say “No” in the situation. After completing a few as a class students could work with partners to role play the scenario.

  • Your friend wants you to do something that you know is wrong.
  • Your friend wants to come over when your parents aren’t home.
  • Your friend wants to borrow money from you.
  • At recess the kids are making fun of a new student. They want you to come join them.
  • Your neighbor asks you to do something that is harmful.
Materials Needed:
  • Senarios

Activity 3: Saying "No"

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

Materials Needed:
  • Student activity sheet A - 1 per student
  • 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 B.

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 of saying “no” appropriately:
Ken: Do you want to draw on the walls in Tori's basement?
Silas: No, I don't think that is a good idea.
Ken: Maybe we should just draw on paper.
Silas: That is a better idea.

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

Script Writing and Animation

In small groups, have the students create scripts demonstrating how to gain attention appropriately and inappropriately. Use the script sheet to create students scripts.

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

Example script of saying “no” appropriately:
Ken: Do you want to draw on the walls in Tori's basement?
Silas: No, I don't think that is a good idea.
Ken: Maybe we should just draw on paper.
Silas: That is a better idea.

Example script of saying “no” inappropriately:
Ken: Hey, let’s play a board game.
Silas: Nah.
Ken: What?
Silas: I’m not playing. Don’t ask again.

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 Review

Allow students time to complete the student lesson review. Discuss answers when finished.

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.

Utilize current classroom literature that demonstrates saying “no”.

Materials Needed:
  • Student Lesson Review sheet - 1 per student
  • Pencil for each student

Students

Go to only student curriculum

Student Activity Sheet A

Directions: Select a situation below when you might need to say “No”. Check or circle your choice.

Draw or write how you would say “No” to your friend in this situation.

Student Activity Sheet B

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

Student Lesson Review Sheet

Directions: Draw or write a situation you may face when you need to say "no".

Directions: Check or Circle true or false.

1. It is not ok to tell a friend “no”.

2. It is ok to say “no” to harmful situations.

3. When possible, you should say “no” respectfully.