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Circle of Control Activities and Alexander Companion Including Google Slides TM


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Students need to understand what is inside their control and what is outside of their control. This resource is a great companion to “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” and for effectively and engagingly teaching about the circle of control. This is the type of resource that you will find yourself pulling out and using over and over again with students!
*Now with Google Slides TM for virtual learning! Including directions for embedding a video of the read aloud.*
This resource includes:
  • Written lesson plan
  • 24 sorting cards representing problems Alexander faces in the book (all including visuals)
  • 24 sorting cards representing other common problems (or concepts) for school age children (all including visuals)
  • Foldable
  • Worksheet
  • Poster (scales up clearly as needed!)
ASCA Mindsets and Behaviors
  • Demonstrate effective coping skills when faced with a problem
CASEL (Social Emotional Learning) Competencies
  • Self-Management
  • Responsible Decision Making
Resource Rationale
Students must understand the difference between things in their control and things outside of their control in order to act responsibility, be effective problem solvers, and cope with challenges. This lesson is hands-on and visual to help students connect with the idea and begin to apply the knowledge to their own lives.
How to Use This Resource
With class lessons, small group counseling, or individual sessions! This resource also works great as part of a problem solving, responsibility, or coping and resiliency unit.
If you plan to use this resource with the story “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” by Judith Viorst, know that the book is not included in this resource and needs to be purchased separately.
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“I used this with my whole group counseling lesson for all grade levels in my K-5th school. I am very pleased with this resource and my students found it very engaging.”

“This resource was extremely helpful to teach my students what they can and cannot control. I loved the graphics and the way everything was set up.”

“I loved this lesson and have used the cards in so many different ways in my school. Thank you so much!!”