Circle of Control Activities and Alexander Companion

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Students need to understand what is inside their control and what is outside of their control. This resource is a great companion to "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" and for effectively and engagingly teaching about the circle of control. This is the type of resource that you will find yourself pulling out and using over and over again with students!

This resource includes:

  • Written lesson plan
  • 24 sorting cards representing problems Alexander faces in the book (all including visuals)
  • 24 sorting cards representing other common problems (or concepts) for school age children (all including visuals)
  • Foldable
  • Worksheet
  • Poster (scales up clearly as needed!)

ASCA Mindsets and Behaviors

  • Demonstrate effective coping skills when faced with a problem

CASEL (Social Emotional Learning) Competencies

  • Self-Management
  • Responsible Decision Making

Resource Rationale

Students must understand the difference between things in their control and things outside of their control in order to act responsibility, be effective problem solvers, and cope with challenges. This lesson is hands-on and visual to help students connect with the idea and begin to apply the knowledge to their own lives.

How to Use This Resource

With class lessons, small group counseling, or individual sessions! This resource also works great as part of a problem solving, responsibility, or coping and resiliency unit.

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