Saying "No" - 2

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Teachers

Definition: Saying “no” means respecting that we have choices and that each of us can say “no.” You can say, “no” politely and you can also say, “no” to danger. “No” means you definitely do not want to have something, do something, or participate in an activity.

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: Situations

Allow students to work in small groups on student activity sheet A. Discuss when finished.

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

Activity 3: Comic Strip Worksheet

Allow students time to complete student activity sheet B. When finished select students to share their work.

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 writing; a dialogue 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 of saying “no” appropriately:
Ken: Hi Silas. Do you want to come out with me and our buddies after school?
Silas: Uhm, I’m sorry I can’t. My mom wants me to go home after school.
Ken: Okay then we will all just come to your house.
Silas: Sorry. My mom said that is not allowed when she isn’t home.

Example script of saying “no” inappropriately:
Ken:Hey, let’s go to the mall.
Silas: Nah
Ken: What?
Silas: I’m not going. Don’t ask again.

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 two nouns. Repeat the process 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 how to say “no” appropriately and inappropriately. Use the script sheet to create students scripts.

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.

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

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: Provide a response for how you would say “no” if you were in the presented situations.

If your friend wants you to lie to your mom

If your mom asks you if you want brussel sprouts:

If your teacher asks you to be in the school play:

Student Activity Sheet B

Directions: Create a situation where one of the characters below would need to say “no”. Write the responses in the blank spaces. Share and explain your comics when you are finished.

Anya

Beth

Tori

Silas

Student Activity Sheet C

Who are the characters in this script?

What does Ken want Silas to do?

Does Silas allow Ken to come over when his mom is not home?

How do you think Silas felt telling Ken “no”?

How do you feel when you have to tell others “no”?

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 saying “no” appropriately:
Ken: Hi Silas. Do you want to come out with me and our buddies after school?
Silas: Uhm, I’m sorry I can’t. My mom wants me to go home after school.
Ken: Okay then we will all just come to your house.
Silas: Sorry. My mom said that is not allowed when she isn’t home.

Example script of saying “no” inappropriately:
Ken:Hey, let’s go to the mall.
Silas: Nah
Ken: What?
Silas: I’m not going. Don’t ask again.

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

Student Lesson Review Sheet

Directions: Complete the following questions.

1. What does saying, “no” to peers and friends mean?

2. What are the two ways that you can say, “no” to peers and friends?

3. Name some of the situations when you would need to say, “no” to peers and friends?

4. Why is saying no to peers and friends so important?