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Ignoring Distractions Lesson Plan for Lower Elementary


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It’s easy for students to get distracted at school – students need to be taught how to ignore distractions! This interactive lesson helps students recognize when they’re being distracted and teaches them how to use self-talk to defend against the distractions. Bonus? The slideshow-based format means it’s super LOW PREP.


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Engage your students in “The Case of the Super Students”: Ms. Lurnur’s class has gotten off the path towards becoming super students. Students become detectives and investigate what went wrong comparing how two different students in Ms. Lurnur’s class respond to distractions. Then students practice using self-talk themselves and also match self-talk to different distractions.

Resource includes:

  • Written lesson plan aligned with ASCA mindsets/behaviors and CASEL competencies
  • Slideshow (PowerPoint and Google Slides compatible) in two versions: one as a standalone lesson and one as part one in a unit
  • Shared read letter from student as part of “investigation”
  • Two applied practice activities in the “challenge” for students to practice using self-talk to ignore distractions
  • Exit ticket

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What others are saying...

“I’ve used a few of the Super Students lessons in the past, and I just had to grab this one too! It was perfect for my first grade classes. Such a super fun and engaging way to practice such an important skill!”

“This is a great resource to help students understand how to ignore distractions. Teaching ignore is a difficult concept and this resource has made it much easier for my students to understand.”

“Easy to use and a great supplement to my SEL lesson. The format of this lesson engaged all my learners and they were eager to participate in solving the mystery..”