Stress Management Lesson Plan: Create a Cartoon

Submitted by: Angela Watson

Grade Levels: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

In this stress management lesson plan, which is adaptable for grades 3-12, students use BrainPOP resources to explore factors that contribute to stress. Students then identify effective coping strategies for stressful situations, and create a cartoon with Toondoo to share appropriate responses to stress in a fun, light-hearted format.

Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments

Students will:

  1. Explore factors that contribute to stress
  2. Identify effective coping strategies for stressful situations
  3. Create a cartoon with Toondoo to share appropriate responses to stress in a fun, light-hearted format.

Materials:

  • Access to the internet, BrainPOP, and Toondoo

Vocabulary:

stress; jitters; irritability; threat; fight-or-flight response; anxiety; responsibility; overwhelm; tension; perspective

Preparation:

Preview the movie and plan pause and discussion points. Prepare project guidelines for students to follow when creating their cartoons.

Lesson Procedure:

  1. Write one of the quotes from the Quotables FYI on the board and use it as a springboard for discussion.
  2. Display the Graphic Organizer and have students brainstorm events they find stressful. Record their responses by typing directly into the form. Encourage students to talk about ways that they cope with these problems, and write their ideas in the 'Solutions' column.
  3. Show the Stress movie and discuss.
  4. Revisit the Problems/Solutions Graphic Organizer and add students' new ideas to it. Use the In-Depth FYI to help them brainstorm positive and effective solutions.
  5. Display the Comic to students. Tell them they will be creating their own comic to share coping strategies for stressful situations. Introduce them to the Toondoo website and provide instructions for the project.
  6. Make students' completed cartoons available on a school or class website for other to view. Encourage students to reference the cartoons and draw upon one another's coping strategies when they are feeling stressed. During challenging times of the school year (such as right before standardized testing), show the comics to students and facilitate discussion.

Extension Activity:

Have students complete the Activity and/or Quiz as a warm-up or homework activity.

2 comments
  1. Margaret H. said:

    Great Lesson Plan! Can you give any examples of online stress-management cartoons?
    from, Dana

    • angelawatson said:

      Hi, Dana! We haven’t found any examples online. If you try this lesson plan with your class, please share their work with us! We’d love to post it.