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Updated: Feb 13

The parent/teacher and child will:

  1. Read Mistake’s story of the month about Alina and her monster, Anxiety. PreK thru 2 read aloud with a parent. 3rd thru 5th, silent read independently.

  2. Have the child identify the main idea of the story (tell in their own words what the story was about.)

  3. Ask your child, when does Anxiety grow bigger and when does it shrink?

  4. A follow-up question – why is it important to introduce Anxiety to people who care about us?

  5. Have your child think of one time when they experienced anxiety and share how they felt.

  6. Discuss at least 5 of the 10 vocabulary words below with your child.

  7. Have your child re-tell the definitions of 5 vocab words in their own word.


  1. Anxiety: a feeling of worry, nervousness, unease.

  2. Effort: a determined attempt to do something.

  3. Overwhelmed: a strong emotional effect.

  4. Determined: having made a firm decision.

  5. Deny: refusing to admit the truth or existence of something.

  6. Destructive: causing great harm or damage.

  7. Pounding: rhythmical beating or throbbing.

  8. Articulate: speak fluently and coherently.

  9. Trembling: sshaking or quivering.

  10. Insistently: in a continuous or repetitive way.

Follow-up/Enrichment Activity:

Follow Up lesson # 1 – Introduce Your Anxiety:
  1. Imagine what your anxiety monster would look like and create it with playdough.

  2. You can create more than one version of your anxiety monster.

Follow Up lesson # 2 – Calm Your Anxiety:
  1. Brainstorm with the child and create a list of things to do when they feel anxious.

  2. Divide the list into thoughts and behaviors. Example:

- Thoughts: I can do it, I will get through it, I am strong, etc.

- Behaviors: breathe slowly, meditate, make art, listen to relaxing music,

talk to a friend, etc.



Identifying one’s emotions

Demonstrating honesty and integrity

Linking feelings, values, and thoughts

Experiencing self-efficacy

Having a growth mindset

Social Awareness:

Demonstrating empathy and compassion

Understanding and expressing gratitude

Identifying diverse social norms, including unjust ones

Recognizing situational demands and opportunities

Responsible Decision-Making:

Identifying solutions for personal and social problems

Reflecting on one’s role to promote personal, family & community well-being

Evaluating personal, interpersonal, community, and institutional impacts


Managing one’s emotions

Identifying and using stress-management strategies

Relationship Skills:

Communicating effectively

Resisting negative social pressure


Key Ideas and details:

Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it.

Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.

Craft and Structure:

Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text.

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas

Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.

Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity

Read and comprehend complex literary texts independently and proficiently.

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