coping skills activity

This lesson is a follow up to Big Changes vs. Small Changes, a great activity for helping you understand how your students view and handle everyday changes.  And specifically, this lesson will help students improve coping skills to handle changes whenever they occur.

Prep: Print this worksheet

Prompt: Review some of the specific changes that students shared from the previous lesson, and ask students, “What are some ways we can help ourselves deal with changes?”

Next, hand out the worksheet. Ask the class if they can figure out what is happening in each picture.
  • Picture #1: breathing
  • Picture #2: ask questions about the change
  • Picture #3: talk to an adult about how you are feeling about the change
Have students write those answers below the pictures as you are reviewing them, and then prompt them to write down a few of their own examples on how they can deal with change.  These should be things that make them feel better, safe and OK to deal  with a change (examples might be:  talk to a friend, draw a picture, write about it, think positively about the change).
Ask for a few students to share and continue the discussion.
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