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, 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  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

But how is the friend supposed to respond? “Ok?” “Sorry?” Or hopefully not “Whatever.”

This follow-up activity will help students show their friend that they were listening, heard how they feel, and will do better next time using a similar framework: You sound…because I…Next time I will…

Previously, I gave the example of someone eating all of the ice cream I’d been looking forward to all day. This activity would hopefully result in me hearing, “You sound upset because I ate all our your ice cream. Next time I will be more considerate and save some for you.”