Lesson Plan

Stressed Out Sally

Life changes may cause stress. Here, scholars identify stressful situations in a peer's life and offer coping skills to make for a better day. A short story, "Stressed Out Sally," provides pupils with a look inside a bad day. After reading and discussing the story, they collaborate to rewrite Sally's day so it ends on a positive note.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Send the three follow-up questions home for parents and guardians to ask their learner when they feel stress
  • Write the three follow-up questions on an anchor chart, use the questions when a class member needs assistance coping with a difficult situation
  • If participants feel stressed, encourage them to write a story about their day to help identify where problems occurred
Classroom Considerations
  • The first of two lessons looks closely at how life changes cause stress
  • A school counselor or classroom teacher can conduct the lesson
  • Pay attention and offer help to those that may feel triggered by certain situations brought up in the story
  • Boosts reading comprehension skills
  • Addresses social-emotional learning competencies—self-management and responsible decision-making
  • None
Common Core