Use this as a supplement to the Zones of Regulation Size of the Problem lesson. Have students paste the poster labels on color coordinating construction paper. Then have students decide the size of each of the problems, and paste them on the appropriate poster.
Tiny Problems/Glitches: Problems that students can solve without help (e.g. pencil breaking) These problems should not make us feel strong feelings. We should be able to remain calm.
Little Problems: Problems that students can solve without help, but can make us annoyed (e.g. someone cutting in line) We should not have strong feelings when we have little problems.
Medium Problems: We might need help from an adult with medium problems. (e.g. scraped knee, someone is being mean to you). We might feel frustrated, worried or sad.
Big Problems: We need help from an adult. We will probably have strong feelings when big problems happen. (e.g. bullying, another student hit me, another student is continually mean to me)
Emergency: We need help from an adult right away. There is immediate danger, or someone is seriously hurt. (e.g. fire, someone is unresponsive, an adult is hurting me.)
We will have very strong feelings when emergencies happen.