What Makes Me Anxious - 1

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Teachers

Definition: Anxiety is the feeling of worry or nervousness; unease feeling.

Discussion Points

  • Everyone feels anxiety.
  • It’s ok to feel anxious.
  • Controlling your anxiety is what is most important.
  • You can learn coping skills to control your anxiety.

Discuss with students what anxiety is. 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: Situations

As a group discuss situations that might cause you to become anxious or worried. Record answers on the board.

Allow students time to complete student activity sheet A. If time, seek volunteers to share when all are finished.

Materials Needed:
  • Chart Paper or Chalkboard
  • Student Activity Sheet A - 1 per student
  • Pencil for each student

Activity 2: Knowing Your Signs

Discuss warning signs that individuals may experience that indicate they are becoming anxious. Ex. trying to avoid others

Allow students time to complete student activity sheet B.

Extension activity: Using bulletin board paper trace the student’s body and allow them to indicate on their “body” the areas that warn them they are becoming angry.

Materials Needed:
  • Student Activity Sheet B - 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 D.

After students have finished, discuss the listening comprehension questions together.

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

Example of appropriately coping with anxiety:
Silas: I’m worried because I can’t find my favorite toy.
Chris: Have you tried using some coping tools such as taking some deep breaths or counting to 10?
Silas: No, that’s a great idea! I think I will try some deep breathing.

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 appropriately and inappropriately coping with anxiety. Use the script sheet to create students scripts.

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

Example of appropriately coping with anxiety:
Silas: Chris, I’m worried because I can’t find my favorite toy.
Chris: Have you tried using some coping tools such as taking some deep breaths or counting to 10?
Silas: No, that’s a great idea! I think I will try some deep breathing.

Example of inappropriately coping with anxiety:
Silas: Chris, I’m worried because I can’t find my favorite toy.
Chris: Have you tried using some coping tools such as taking some deep breaths or counting to 10?
Silas: (yelling) That won’t help. I can’t do it. I know I will fail my test.

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.

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.

  • What to Do When You Worry Too Much: A Kid’s Guide to Overcoming Anxiety by Dawn Huebner, PhD
  • David and the Worry Beast by Anne Marie Guanci
  • Is a Worry Worrying You? by Ferida Wolff
  • Sea Otter Cove: A Relaxation Story by Lori Lite
  • Little Mouse’s Big Book of Fears by Emily Gravett
  • A Boy and a Bear: The Children’s Relaxation Book by Lori Lite
  • Don’t Panic, Annika! by Juliet Clare Bell
  • Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes
  • Wilma Jean the Worry Machine by Julia Cook
  • What to Do When You’re Scared and Worried by James J. Crist
  • When My Worries Get Too Big! by Kari Dunn Buron
  • The Worry Glasses, Overcoming Anxiety by Donalisa Helsley
  • I Feel Worried! by Nadine Briggs and Donna Shea

Students

Go to only student curriculum

Student Activity Sheet A

Directions: Think of a time you were anxious or worried. Draw a picture to tell about that time.

I was anxious when

Student Activity Sheet B

Directions: Select the best answer. If you are getting anxious or worried do you:


Become restless

Have trouble sleeping

Cry

Not want to leave home

Lose focus

Pick or bit at your skin or fingernails

If I am getting anxious I may also:

Student Activity Sheet C

Directions: Choose the coping skills that help you calm down when angry. Create and color one of your own coping cards.

Student Activity Sheet D

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

Student Lesson Review Sheet

Directions: Select the best answer.

1. Anxiety is the feeling of worry or nervousness; unease feeling.

2. Only a few people feel anxiety.

3. It’s ok to feel anxious.

4. I can use coping skills to control my anxiety.