I created this lesson to help students be assertive when they find themselves in a conflict.
The first part of the lesson focuses on defining conflict. I used this adorable video from Sesame Street. When the video is done ask students to share examples of conflict that they have experienced. Be sure to ask each student how they solved their conflict. Did they yell, hit, walk away? Did they get their way? Be sure to really emphasize how they behaved.
Next, say to the class "when we find ourselves in a conflict we can react three ways". Introduce the concept of mouse, monster, or me. Ask for three students to volunteer. Give each student a mouse, monster, or me paper to hold. Demonstrate how each one acts in the same conflict.
For example, I chose the common conflict of students cutting each other on the lunch line. I asked the student to pretend to cut me. I acted as a mouse (very timid, didn't say anything), a monster (screaming, yelling, hitting), and me (being assertive).
Next, we move into the second half of the lesson which focuses on being assertive (acting like "me") when in conflict. We review what acting assertive means (standing up for your rights and other peoples rights in a peaceful way). I then teach students "I statements" as a tool to help them act assertive.
The lesson concludes with students acting assertive by using an "I statement" with the conflicts they shared at the beginning of the lesson.
Make extra copies of the mouse, monster, and me handouts to leave for the classroom teacher. Kindly ask the teacher to hang them up in the room as a reminder of three reaction styles.