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Size of the Problem Lesson and Activities LOW-NO PREP


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This resource teaches students about problem sizes and how to appropriate self-refer for counseling. We use a weather analogy and talk about the size of problems in these categories:
Wind (No biggy, tiny problems!)
Rain (Small problems students can solve themselves!)
Thunderstorm (Medium problems kids need adult help for)
Tornado (Big, serious problems that need an adult’s help quickly)
This resource includes:
24 Problem Example Cards
31 slide animated PPT with 11 example problems
Weather Problem Poster
Weather Problem Sorting Sheet
Written lesson plan with ASCA mindsets & behaviors and CASEL competencies.
Exit Ticket
Weather themed self-refer slips
ASCA Mindsets and Behaviors
  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills to make informed decisions
  • Demonstrate effective coping skills when faced with a problem
CASEL (Social Emotional Learning) Competencies
  • Responsible Decision-Making
  • Self-Management
Resource Rationale
Without being taught directly about problems having different sizes and severity levels, many students will equate all of their problems as being equally gigantic. This lesson serves two functions: 1) it teaches students how to differentiate between small and large problems which is the first step to coping with problems and 2) it provides an easy conceptual language for students to understand how to self-refer for larger problems.
How to Use This Resource
This is often one of the first lessons I do at the start of the year. It sets us up for future conversations about problem solving, conflict resolution, and coping skills. It’s also easy to implement with small groups focusing on those topics as well.
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What others are saying...

“Introducing myself to new students was easy with this resource. The graphics are super cute and easy to follow. It was a great way to establish a way to talk to their school counselor and help them learn about their problems and their problems solving abilities.”

“My students were very engaged in this lesson. They got the objective and could relate to the scenarios that you had. It was easy to use and ready to go. I like that you just print, laminate and it ready to go.”

“This was perfect for my 3-4 students. They were engaged and really got a better understanding of the concept. Also created a display outside my office for self referral with these materials. Thanks for making this.”