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Erase Those Fears!

Young students discuss how to erase fears while practicing how to write simple words.

  • Grade 1
  • 30 to 60 minutes
  • Directions

    1. Share the book "Thunder Cake" by Paticia Pollaco as a read aloud to the class. What was the girl in the story afraid of? Encourage students to share some of their fears. Write a list of their fears on the board. Some examples might be: bears, snakes, monsters, sirens, etc. What did the girl in the story learn to do when she was afraid? How did that help her? Ask students to think of things they might do to help ease their own fears. If that particular book is not available, try another book about fears.
    2. Distribute drawing paper and Crayola® Erasable Colored Pencils. Color a sample piece of paper with one of the erasable pencils and then show students how to draw or write with the eraser.
    3. Invite students to each select an erasable pencil and color an entire piece of paper with it. Then suggest that they fold their papers in half. On one half of the paper ask them to each "draw" something they are afraid of with the eraser and label it with a name. Then ask them to "draw" a picture on the other half of the paper showing what they could do to "erase" (or ease) the fear. Show them how to enliven their pictures by drawing colored lines within the white outlines.
    4. As students finish their projects, suggest that they post their drawings around the room. Invite them to gather in small groups to discuss the drawings as well as their fears. Are some students afraid of the same things? How are their pictures the same? How are they different? Do they have different ideas about how to deal with their fears?
  • Standards

    LA: Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.

    LA: Use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to compose informative/explanatory texts in which they name what they are writing about and supply some information about the topic.

    LA: Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade level topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.

    VA: Create personally satisfying artwork using a variety of artistic processes and materials.

  • Adaptations

    Adapt this lesson for use during Fire Prevention Week. Have students "erase" their fear of fire by discussing and drawing pictures of things they could do to promote fire safety.

    Invite students to ask a family member to listen to them tell a story about a time when they were afraid and what they did to ease their fear. Have them ask the family member to write the story down for them so they can bring it to school to post next to their picture.


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