2nd Grade - 4th Grade
I often provide small group lessons to help students cope with anxiety. Each small group gets 6 sessions. These lessons can easily be adapted for older or younger students.
If you need more sessions or perhaps more of a variety, here are some additional lessons for you to try:
Giraffes Can't Dance
I start by either reading or showing Giraffes Can't Dance, the story of a Giraffe who worries about his dance moves. After reflecting, we complete a workpage to discuss our own worries.
Animal Projection Technique
Feelings and Food
I use this short film with my small groups to help build positive relationships. After viewing the video, we discuss how the sheep felt and how the jackalope was a good friend. Then, I give each student a workpage (above). I write a group member's name on each student's paper, then explain that they must write and/or draw something nice about that person. In this way, they are acting like the jackalope, helping their group friends feel good about themselves.
Once everyone has finished their work, we share our words and/or pictures one at a time. Then, I ask for the receiver to say how they feel after hearing the positive feedback - I record their response at the bottom of the paper. I make copies of the projects for my own documentation, but let the students keep their originals, which serve as a reminder of how valued they are.
The video is also great with individual students who may focus on the negative aspects of their life or have anxiety about the bad things that could happen. The jackalope shows the sheep that bad things happen and sometimes, you just need to keep moving forward until you feel better again; you can't let every little thing get you down.