Coping Skills


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:

  • Identify what a coping skill is
  • Understand when to use coping skills
  • Use a new coping skill in the classroom

Learning Summary

We all have ways we blow off steam, decompress, relax, or deal with life’s difficulties, but we aren’t born knowing how to cope!

This lesson starts with a discussion on when we use coping skills. Next, a Munchy and Jumpy story in which the twins struggle through rainy day stuck at home. The rabbits learn how and when to use coping skills to have a better day. Students come up with their own coping skills. The class then learns two coping skills that can be used in the classroom. Students draw their new coping skills in their journals.

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