Town Mouse/Country Mouse

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Everyone feels a little stressed out sometimes, but the stressors in life vary with every person. Use Aesop's fable "The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse" to demonstrate how people deal with stress in different ways, and the importance of finding relaxing environments.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use the extension ideas to create cross-curricular lessons between language arts and math, science, computer science, or social studies
  • Have learners write a narrative essay about a time when they felt stressed or anxious, and what they did to feel better
  • Compile a list of coping strategies in a discussion about dealing with anxiety, and encourage your class to copy them down
  • Bring to a special education class to help learners discuss feelings and expressing emotions in a healthy way
Classroom Considerations

  • Designed for middle schoolers, but helpful for younger or older learners as well
Pros

  • Provides ideas to apply the lesson during the holiday season
  • Encourages middle schoolers to think critically about the stressors in their lives
Cons

  • None
Common Core