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)
• 24 Problem Example Cards
• 31 slide animated PPT with 11 example problems
• Weather Problem Sorting Sheet
• Written lesson plan with ASCA mindsets & behaviors and CASEL competencies.
• Weather themed self-refer slips
ASCA Mindsets and Behaviors
CASEL (Social Emotional Learning) Competencies
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.
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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