Coping Skills

GRADES 3-5

Learning Goal

Students will learn the value of coping skills and develop their own coping skills menu.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the lessons, students will be able to:

  • Identify what a coping skill is
  • Understand when to use coping skills
  • Create a list of personal coping skills

Learning Summary

We all have ways we blow off steam, decompress, relax, or deal with life’s difficulties through various coping skills,, but we aren’t born knowing how to cope! This lesson introduces students to the idea of coping skills while providing an opportunity to create a class list.

The lesson starts with a Mindful Moment: students learn to count their breath to focus. The lesson then introduces students to the concept of coping skills and why we use them. Students then work in small groups or pairs to brainstorm as many coping skills they can come up with. Then they share out and pare down to a list of coping skills for your class. The discussion challenges students to think critically about why it can be
hard to use coping skills in the moment and then reflect through their journals on the lesson. 

CASEL Competencies

Self-awareness: The ability to accurately recognize one’s own emotions, thoughts, and values and how they influence behavior. The ability to accurately assess one’s strengths and limitations, with a well-grounded sense of confidence, optimism, and a "growth mindset."

Self-management: The ability to successfully regulate one’s emotions, thoughts, and behaviors in different situations — effectively managing stress, controlling impulses, and motivating oneself. The ability to set and work toward personal and academic goals.

Classroom Teaching Example