After several years in the classroom, I realized that my students needed instruction on HOW to be kind, respectful, and all the things I was asking them to be. I developed these units to support teachers in teaching and rewarding great character in the classroom! Building a classroom community is one of the most important things teachers can do and it greatly impacts our students academically! This unit on SELF-CONTROL
is part of a year-long curriculum for teaching students how to have great character! However, this unit could also be used as a stand-alone resource for teaching all about self-control in the classroom. :)
This packet includes many activities and lessons to teach your students about showing self-control in many different situations.
Lesson 1- What is Self Control?
Your class will discuss what it means to have self-control by doing a simple "waiting" activity. Then you'll make an anchor chart of the chant "Stop-Think-Act" as a quick way to remember to have self-control. You'll teach your students to say this to themselves when they're having a hard time staying in control. Then students will draw and write about having self control.
Lesson 2- What Are Big Emotions?
After reviewing self-control, you will discuss big emotions with your class. You'll work together to play charades and act out various emotions (anger, sadness, jealousy) and then create a chart to help your students identify and name their big emotions. When students are able to explain what they are feeling, it's much easier for them to show self-control. Finally, your students will draw and write about expressing their emotions with and without self-control.
Lesson 3-How Can I Calm Down When I'm Upset?
In this lesson, you will set up a cool down kit with your class and explain it to them. You'll discuss what goes in the cool down kit (like a timer, play-doh, writing pages) and how to use them appropriately. Having a safe place to go and cool down offers our students an opportunity to regain control and helps them self-regulate. I've included many teacher explanation and direction pages so you know exactly how to implement it. The kit includes coloring and journal pages that you can have students fill out to express themselves, as well as suggestions for other items to include. I've also included Cool Down Counters that students can use to actively count and calm down.
Lesson 4-How Is Being Patient Showing Self-Control?
Your students will play a fun partner game to practice waiting their turn for increasing periods of time. Then you'll work together to define patience and when we might need to show patience. This is a great lesson to refer back to when students need to be patient, and aren't sure exactly what means. You'll discuss exactly how patience looks and sounds so students know what is expected of them!
This Resource Also Includes
-An Poem about Self-Control
-A Parent Letter to send home that explains how parents can support the unit
-Shows Self Control/Doesn't Show Self-Control cut/paste sorting page
-What is Patience? writing page
-Steps to Cool Down writing page
-My Big Emotions flipbook
I truly hope this unit makes it much easier for you to build character education into your day!
This unit is part of a BUNDLE that includes TEN units on character education. You can read more about each unit below!
Volume Two Units
You can read more about this unit on my blog.