Big Problems vs. Small Problems: youtu.be/bvFiryg2dms
My No, No, No Day!: vimeo.com/608316643
Access the student reflection APP which provides an opportunity for students and teachers to reflect and respond to topic-specific prompts.
The purpose of this lesson is to help students learn how to identify and regulate their own emotions.
Activity 1: (10 minutes) PYRAMID ANCHOR CHART
Introduce the lesson with the slideshow and student check-in questions. Review the Pyramid of Happiness anchor chart. Review the third level of the pyramid and perform that action (wrap arms around yourself in a hug). Make the connection of controlling our emotions to the feeling of belonging and connection because of healthier friendships and relationships. Remind students about the actions associated with each level of the pyramid. Have a discussion:
Activity 2: (15 minutes) MEMORY GAME
Go through the presentation slides to focus on the 8 basic emotions which include happiness, sadness, anger, anticipation, fear, loneliness, jealousy, and disgust. Group students together in pairs and print enough memory cards for each partnership. Invite students to play the memory game searching for the matching emotions. Invite students to name the emotion on the card when they flip it over.
Activity 3: (20 minutes) REGULATION STRATEGIES
When we notice a negative feeling coming up in ourselves—like sadness, anger, jealousy, or fear—what could we do to help ourselves regulate that emotion? Use the presentation slides to introduce 5 simple calming techniques. Practice each activity together with the interactive slides.
Activity 4: (15 minutes) VIDEO & DISCUSSION
Watch this video about Big Problems vs. Small Problems. Use the slideshow to discuss different problems. Decide if they are big or small, and a possible strategy or solution to move forward.
Activity 5: (15 minutes) READ ALOUD & DISCUSSION
Read the book My No, No, No Day! by Rebecca Patterson. Have a class discussion: