First Grade Self Control Lesson

Part of our friendship unit in first grade covers self control as an important social skill. We talk about things like using the appropriate voice volume when talking to peers, asking before touching someone, among other things. To introduce the concept, I use Clark the Shark and a fun craft with my students. Keep reading to find my first grade self control activity!

Looking for an introductory First Grade Self Control Activity? Your students will love this fun story and craft for practice!

First Grade Self Control Activity

Hook: Ocean Self Control

To start the lesson, I pose the question, “What ocean creature do you think has the best self control?” Students love this because they love explaining their thinking and connecting this to things they’ve seen in real life, in books, or on TV. They say things like jellyfish because they move slowly and elegantly or dolphins because they swim together in groups. It’s fun to hear their ideas!

Story: Clark the Shark

Then, we read Clark the Shark. It’s a great story to show what self control looks like while also not villianising a character for not having self control. We talk about how Clark wasn’t trying to hurt anyone; he was just really excited to be at school! Students review the rhymes that Clark made for himself and then try to make one of their own that reminds them of what self control looks like.

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Movement Break: Ocean Yoga

I’ve been incorporating a lot more movement breaks into my lessons, especially in K-2. We take a break to do some ocean-themed yoga. The students love the turtle and shark poses that we do!

Whole Group Review

As a group, we make a self control looks, feels, and sounds like visual. I encourage student thinking with these prompts:

  • Imagine your Kindergarten teacher from last year came to you and said, “My new Kindergarteners really need some help with their self control! Can you please come teach them?” What would you tell them? What would you show them?
  • If I saw you at recess, how would I know just by seeing you that you are using self control? What about in the classroom? At lunch?

Whole Group Activity: Fortune Teller

For a real exercise in self control, we make shark fortune tellers together. I walk students through this step by step, and we talk about how origami is a great way to build patience and takes a bit of self control for controlled folds. We came up with a “ready position” that students do to show me they have finished the step we just did and let me know they’re ready for the next step. This really helps with the process!

Looking for an introductory First Grade Self Control Activity? Your students will love this fun story and craft for practice!

Partner Activity: Fortune Teller Practice

After the fortune tellers are complete, students partner up and take turns doing their fortune tellers. This requires that they take turns, listen, and work together. When they reveal the “fortune,” the other student acts out the method of self control shown on the fortune teller.

Looking for an introductory First Grade Self Control Activity? Your students will love this fun story and craft for practice!

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