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Stress Dolls

Main Core Tie

Health Education - 3rd Grade
Standard 1

Time Frame

1 class periods of 45 minutes each

Group Size

Small Groups

Life Skills

Communication

Authors

KAREN GALE

Summary

Students will compare responsibilities, opportunities and expectations of pioneer children to their own lives. Students will identify sources of stress and ways to alleviate stress.


Materials

Attachments

  • Responsibility Worksheet (attached)
  • Doll Pattern (attached)
  • Fabric
  • Crayons/markers
  • Yarn
  • Pencils
  • Scissors
  • Glue


Background for Teachers

Websites

Familiarity with lifestyle of early settlers.


Student Prior Knowledge

Familiarity with lifestyle of early settlers.


Intended Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to verbalize, discuss and list:

  • activities that cause stress
  • ways to deal with stress
  • reasons to act responsibly


Instructional Procedures

Involve students in a class discussion of the of the lifestyle of pioneer children. Divide students into small groups. Assign cooperative learning roles to each student. (Suggestions = time keeper, scribe, gopher, supply clerk, reporter etc.)

  • Pass out one "Responsibility Worksheet" to each group.
  • On the "Pioneer" side of the worksheet, under the "Responsibilities" column, have students list the responsibilities that pioneer children had.
  • Under the "Neglect" column, have each group brainstorm together some things that might happen if each responsibility were neglected. When finished, have a reporter from each group share their ideas.
  • Under the "Complete" column, have each group brainstorm together some things that might happen if each responsibility were completed. When finished, have a reporter from each group share their ideas.
  • Turn worksheet over and repeat the activity using responsibilities that each student has today.
  • Conclude discussion by ensuring that students understand that by choosing to be responsible, they relieve stress in their lives.

STRESS DOLL ACTIVITY

Pass out doll pattern. Give students supplies for cutting out and decorating a doll. Have students glue yarn on the doll for hair. Have the hair standing straight out as if the doll were "stressed". Have student write "I think I'm having stress" on the front of the doll.

  • While students are working at their desks, brainstorm and list on the board appropriate ideas for relieving stress (go for a walk, draw a picture, talk to a friend/parent/relative, listen to music, read a book, etc.)


Strategies for Diverse Learners

Many needs of diverse learners are met when this activity is done with cooperative groups. Early finishers/advanced learners could write in a journal about a time when they were stressed, or what is stressful in their lives, and set a goal to use a strategy learned today to help deal with that stress.


Extensions

Instead of or in addition to the Stress Doll, stress Pillows could be made. Using fabric crayons or paints, students decorate a 12x12 piece of white fabric entitled "Squeeze me, I'm stressed". Students or volunteers can then sew this piece to another 12x12 piece of fabric, leaving an opening for stuffing. Students then stuff the pillow, stitch the opening closed and ta-da! they have just completed a real pioneer project!


Assessment Plan

Assessment will be observed through discussion participation, cooperative group participation and completion of the worksheet and stress doll.


Rubrics

Created: 07/10/2002
Updated: 02/04/2018