DEAL WITH FEAR 3.8
Goal: To improve skills for expressing feelings
Objective(s): The student will be able to identify and deal with feelings of fear.
1. Decide if you are feeling afraid.
2. Decide what you are afraid of.
3. Think about your choices.
a. Talk to someone about it.
b. Do a relaxation exercise.
c. Try doing what you are afraid of anyway.
4. Act out your best choice.
Definition: Fear is a real emotion that lets us know when we are threatened or unsafe.
Rationale: It is important to listen to your feelings and determine if they are realistic so that you can take steps to reduce those fears.
• Emphasize option of talking it over with another person.
• Discuss feelings and the importance of determining if a fear is realistic.
• Reinforce that real fears are a way of alerting us to danger or a need to change something in our lives. The skill steps are helpful.
Set the Stage:
• Watch a scary segment from 'Home Alone' or similar movie.
• Play a variation of the Halloween game where supposed parts of someone are in sacks (spaghetti, grapes, oatmeal) and students guess by feeling what part it is supposed to be. Generate a discussion on fear of the unknown.
Model/Role-play with Feedback
• Two teachers model the process steps.
• Draw a picture of what is scary to them; discuss.
Role play situations:
• You are afraid of being home alone and arrange to have a friend visit.
• You are afraid to take a test.
• You are afraid to go out to recess because someone said he/she would beat you up.
• You are home alone at night.
• A neighbor keeps teasing you.
Application with Feedback
• Students give oral speeches (which involves fear for most people).
• Students write scary stories incorporating words and concepts in unit. Trade stories to write how fear is resolved.
• Small group activity. Students describe different fears for different people, write down possible causes for common fears, and write a role play (script) about a child their age in a scary situation.
• Teacher assigns students to be aware of situations in the coming week that cause fear. At the end of the week, plan time for written/oral responses from students.
• Students report on news articles that would likely produce fear in themselves/others.
• Send homework note to parents. Describe skill and skill steps. Asks parents to evaluate their child's use of the skill steps in any fearful situations arising at home.