Coping Skills

GRADES 6-8

Learning Goal

Students will learn the value of coping skills and practice some.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Demonstrate their understanding of coping tools and when to use them
  • Identify helpful coping skills they can use during difficult times
  • Discuss the importance of coping skills and the difference between healthy and unhealthy coping skills

Learning Summary

We all have ways we blow off steam, decompress, relax, let go, or deal with life’s difficulties through various coping skills but we aren’t born knowing how to cope! This lesson introduces students to coping skills and provides you with multiple options for activities.

The lesson starts with a Mindful Moment: students learn to count their breath to develop focus. The lesson then introduces students to the concept of coping skills and why we use them. As coping skills is a big topic for middle schoolers, the lesson plan then offers three options for you to select from that best fits your classroom. The lesson closes with a reflection in which students are able to journal some of their thoughts and what they would do next time during a challenging situation.

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