i statements

This printable is a worksheet that will help students learn how to use I Statements: I feel…when you…and I want…

I’ve sat here for a while trying to come up with an anecdote about my own use of I-Statements to solve a problem. But to be honest, I couldn’t.

“You” statements are so much easier. YOU’RE being annoying. YOU’RE wrong. YOU’RE a jerk because you ate the last of the ice cream that I’ve been looking forward to all day!

I don’t need to look any further than my Facebook and Twitter feeds to see that I’m not the only one who struggles with this!  

i statements

It’s easy to teach kids the ideal ways to express their emotions, but certainly harder to put these concepts into action in our own lives.

So, use this I statement worksheet with your students in the hopes that they’ll be better than us one day.

You can write in your own words on the sand castle pieces in each column to fit the specific situations your students are experiencing.

i statements for kids - elementary school counseling activity

For practice responding to I Statements using statements “You sound…because I…Next time I will….” check out the I Statements Responses worksheet.

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For more practice, students will also use sand castle pieces to build I Statements in the final Communication scene of Zoo U. In this scene, players accidentally knock down a classmate’s sandcastle. Their teacher helps the students use I Statements to work through the emotions they are both feeling.