Care vs. ‘Over’ Care Activity

It's important to care about topics in your life, but caring too much about details can lead to unnecessary stress. Seventh graders explore the things that make them feel stressed out and decide whether they can reduce the amount of attention, or overcare, that they devote to that issue every day.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Connect the extension activity to a lesson on environmental science or Earth Day
  • Use in a counselor's office when assisting learners with managing their stress
Classroom Considerations
  • Be sure that any concerning information that comes out of your discussion has a follow-up conversation with school counselors, per the lesson's trigger warning
  • Delineates caring and overcaring as concepts; be aware of trivializing issues that are worth a lot of emotional attention
  • The final lesson in a series of four
Pros
  • Comes with teacher reference materials
  • Provides a version of the lesson in Spanish
  • Promotes reflective thinking and the importance of self care
Cons
  • None
Common Core