Trying New Things -1

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Teachers

Definition: Trying new things means attempting to participate in an activity or an event that you have never participated in previously.

Discussion Points:

Questions:

  • Why is it important to try new things?
  • What can happen if you try new things?
  • What do you need to do when you are planning to try something new?
  • Is it easier to try new things with a friend?

Discuss with students what it means to try new things. 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

In a large group, make a list of circumstances when it is important for you to try new things. Record answers on the board.

Example: At a summer camp

Materials Needed:
  • Chart Paper or chalkboard

Activity 2: I feel…..

Discuss with students that trying new things is never easy. It can often be scary and often causes us to feel a lot of different emotions. Allow students time to complete student activity sheet A. Share and discuss when all are finished.

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

Activity 3: What Can I Do?

Discuss that when we need to try new things there are some coping skills we can use to help us overcome our fear and emotions. Develop a list of ideas students can use to help them. (Ex. take some deep breaths) If possible, practice some of these ideas.

Materials Needed:
  • Chart paper or Chalkboard

Lesson Extension: Listening Comprehension

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 script below. Replay the script if needed. Allow students time to complete student activity sheet B and share.

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

Example script demonstrating trying new things appropriately:
Kim: Hey Tori, would you like to go ice skating?
Tori: I have never been ice skating.
Kim: Would you like to try it?
Tori: Sure!

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 trying new things appropriately and inappropriately. Use the script sheet to create students scripts.

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

Example script demonstrating trying new things appropriately:
Kim: Hey Tori, would you like to go ice skating?
Tori: I have never been ice skating.
Kim: Would you like to try it?
Tori: Sure!

Example script demonstrating trying new things inappropriately:
Kim: Hey Tori, would you like to go ice skating?
Tori: No I don’t like ice skating.
Kim: Have you ever tried it?
Tori: No and I never will. I don’t like it. I’m just not going.
Kim: Please.
Tori: No!

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 to complete the student lesson review sheet. Discuss answers when finished.

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

  • Sergio Makes a Splash by Edel Rodriguez
  • I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato by Lauren Child
  • Roller Coaster by Marla Frazee
  • Samantha on a Roll by Linda Ashman
  • Peep!: A Little Book About Taking a Leap by Maria van Lieshout
  • My Brave Year of Firsts: Tries, Sighs, and High Fives by Jamie Lee Curtis

Students

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Student Activity Sheet A

Directions: Draw a picture to show what emotions you feel when you have to try something new.

When I have to try something new I feel

Student Activity Sheet B

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

Student Lesson Review Sheet

Directions: Select the best answer.

1. Trying new things means attempting to participate in an activity or an event that you have never participated in previously.

2. Trying new things can be scary.

3. Trying new things can make me feel no emotions.

4. There is nothing I can do to help me cope when I must try new things.