Lesson Plan

Sally’s Super Day

After having a bad day, Sally took scholars' suggestions and had a super day. Pupils listen to her newest short story then discuss the events that occurred. They sort each event by what was in her control and what was not. Participants brainstorm ways Sally can cope with stressful life changes. They practice empathy with an activity that challenges them to speak to one another as if they are speaking to Sally.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Write down ideas to cope with stressful situations, create an anchor chart and reference it whenever someone requires assistance
  • Keep an eye out for those that exhibit empathy, praise them and offer a small token of appreciation
  • Check-in with class members on a one-on-one basis to gauge their level of stress, offer coping skills as needed
Classroom Considerations
  • The second lesson in a series of two builds on from the first lesson about stress
  • Although the lesson is designed for use by a counselor, a teacher can also perform the lesson
  • Some topics may be triggering for pupils, prepare to assist appropriately
  • Encourages social and emotional learning concepts—social awareness, self-management, and responsible decision-making
  • Boosts reading comprehension as well as listening and speaking skills
  • None