Downloadable Activity Guide: Reed's Rant, The Adventures of Jeff and Reed

This Downloadable Activity Guide has thirteen activities that help students identify emotional triggers, practice sincere apologies, and explore empathy.

Author: Jen Kennedy and Wendy Falk
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Includes 13 activities that complement lessons learned in Reed’s Rant, the second story in The Adventures of Jeff and Reed Anthology. Each activity follows the GANAG lesson structure:

Goal (Share the lesson goal/objective.)
Access prior knowledge (Access students’ existing knowledge and awareness.)
New information (Share new information or skills, then students clarify and practice.)
Application (Students apply what was learned.)
Generalize the goal (Make connections back to the goal, reinforce students’ effort, and provide feedback.)

  • Lesson One- What’s in the Brain?: Includes a handout demonstrating the Executive, Emotional, and Survival states of the brain.
  • Lesson Two- What Trips your Trigger?: Students will define and identify “emotional triggers”. PowerPoint slideshow and discussion points included.  
  • Lesson Three- Building your Safety Toolkit Part 1: Explore and practice coping strategies with classroom and partner discussion. Prompts and handouts included.
  • Lesson Four- Building your Safety Toolkit Part 2: Students will create individual safety plans based on the handouts completed in Lesson 3. Strategy checklist and “Personal Safety Plan” handouts included.
  • Lesson Five- Step into my Circle: Explore what is in students’ control versus what is not and learn about emotional regulation. Video and handout included.
  • Lesson Six- More than Words: Students will practice sincere, face to face apologies. Examples included for making an apology and role-play scenarios.
  • Lesson Seven- Cut a New Path: Gain a greater understanding of Neuroplasticity- the brain’s ability to grow and change. Students utilize a goal sheet to explore new pathways.
  • Lesson Eight- Words Have Power: Discuss labeling others with hurtful words, and identify more socially acceptable, respectful, and inclusive words to use. Sample letter included to collaborate with parents/guardians.
  • Lesson Nine- Empathy Builder: Explore empathy and perspective-taking through partner discussion and PowerPoint slideshow examples.
  • Lesson Ten- Everyone has Thoughts: Handout exploring internal thoughts, including “expected” and “unexpected” words and actions.
  • Lesson Eleven- Create a Game: Students will explore what makes up a community, and the different roles that people play. Prompt questions and game instructions included.
  • Lesson Twelve- Research Strategies & Reliable Sources: Students will use research strategies online to help write a paper about a concept, feeling, or emotion discussed in The Pirate and The Ink Blot or Reed’s Rant.
  • Lesson Thirteen- Match it Up: How Much do Things Cost?: Use Think-Pair-Share strategies and “Match It Up” game (included) to explore the cost of doing extra-curricular activities. Lead discussion on cost and how it could be less accessible to some kids.

It is recommended that you read The Adventures of Jeff and Reed: A Four-Story Anthology before using these downloadable activities.

Other Downloadable Activity Guides in the series:
-The Pirate and The Inkblot
-Middle Ground

Bundle all 3 activity guides and save! 

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