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Lesson 3: Troublesome Feelings


This lesson helps students think about different kinds of feelings that may be uncomfortable to experience. They listen to stories about kids who are experiencing feelings of sadness, anger, frustration and disappointment and identify behaviors associated with these feelings. They discuss why these feelings can be troublesome, and identify healthy options for dealing with them, including self-management. They learn that troublesome feelings can be signals that they need to get help from a trusted adult.

Lesson Objectives

Students will be able to:

  1. Identify examples of troublesome feelings and situations that can influence these feelings.
  2. Explain the relationship between feelings and behavior.
  3. Identify appropriate ways to express and deal with feelings.
  4. Demonstrate self-control strategies for dealing with troublesome feelings.


SEL Connection

  • self-awareness
  • self-management

Time: 50 minutes

Healthy Behavior Outcomes

  • MEH-1: Express feelings in a healthy way.
  • MEH-5: Use self-control and impulse-control strategies to promote health.
  • MEH-6: Get help for troublesome thoughts, feelings or actions for oneself and others.
  • MEH-9: Practice habits that promote mental and emotional well-being.
  • V-2: Manage emotional distress in nonviolent ways.

National Health Education Standards

  • Standard 1: Comprehending Concepts
  • Performance Indicator 1.2.1: Identify that healthy behaviors impact personal health.
  • Standard 7: Practicing Health-Enhancing Behaviors
  • Performance Indicator 7.2.2: Demonstrate behaviors that avoid or reduce health risks.
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