Subject: SEL (Social-Emotional Learning), Special Education
Lesson Length: 15 - 20 mins
Topic: Stress Management
Grade Level: 4, 5, 6, 7
Standards / Framework:
Brief Description: Students will practice how to ask for help in pre-designed scenarios.
Know Before You Start: Students should leave the lesson understanding that stress management means not doing something alone and that there are many tools to support stress. One tool is asking for help.
- Discuss with students when they last asked someone for help.
- Why did you ask for help?
- Did you ask right away or did you wait until something was too stressful to handle it yourself?
- Explain that asking for help can be challenging for adults, too.
- Why do you think it’s hard?
- Possible answers may include: feeling weak, scared because it might involve punishment, not sure who to talk to about it, fear of being picked on because you asked for help, pride etc.
- Read and discuss the scenarios in the sample comic.
- Who would they ask for help?
- What would they say to ask for help?
- “I’m having a hard time with_______, Can we talk about it later?"
- “I’ve been trying really hard but still don’t get this. Can you help me?"
- “I’m not sure how I feel about something. Can we talk about it?”
- “I could really use some advice about_______. Can we talk it out together?
- Have students create their own “Asking for Help” scenario comics.
Closure: Give students some time to reflect on their own or journal.
- Who is someone in my life I can trust and will always be able to ask for help?
- Do I feel comfortable asking my teacher(s) for help? Why or why not?
- What is something right now in my life where I could use some help? How can I ask for support?
- Print and laminate sentence frames for future student reference.
- Use role-play to provide an opportunity to practice using dialogue to ask for help.