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Going to School

Marcus is very shy.  He loves to be at home with his toys and his parents.  Marcus is starting school today for the first time and is very scared.  Marcus is afraid to be away from his parents.  Marcus is also afraid to be around people he does not know.  Marcus’ mom and dad have explained that his teachers are very nice and he will make many new friends, but Marcus is still scared.

Marcus’ mom does not want him to be scared to go to school.  She tells Marcus that she will be there to pick him up after school and that she will be thinking about him the whole time that he is there.  Marcus’ mom then tells Marcus that she will give him extra hugs and kisses to put in his pocket.  That way, when he is feeling scared or sad or alone, he can reach in his pocket and take out a hug or kiss and remember how much his mom loves him.  Marcus decides that he can use the hugs and kisses in his pocket to be brave and go to school.

Objective:  Identify and understand the emotions that Marcus was feeling.  Discuss how to handle different and challenging emotions that the students have.

  1.  Marcus was very scared to start school.  Have you ever been very scared to do something?  What helped you to not be scared?
  2. What do you do when you start to feel scared?  Does it help to talk about how you are feeling?
  3. Do you think that the extra hugs and kisses that Marcus is going to have in his pocket are going to help him?
  4.  When was a time that you were brave?  What helped you to be brave?
  5. Do you think that it is important to be brave all of the time or do you think it is alright to feel scared?  Why?

Written by Kimberly Greacen, Education World® Contributing Writer

Kimberly is an educator with extensive experience in curriculum writing and developing instructional materials to align with Common Core State Standards and Bloom's Taxonomy.

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