Create a worry jar for your students to help them recognise and cope with their worries.
Worry Is a Wasted Emotion!
When left to develop, worries can have a cascading effect on our students. As we know, an increasing number of children are experiencing stress, anxiety and unease. Children need support when learning how to regulate their emotions, as well as tools and learning strategies to work through these feelings effectively.
Do you have some students that are worriers? Why not provide them with a safe space to put their worries so they can set them aside for a while.
Put Worries Aside… If Only for a While
This resource has been designed to help students recognize their worries (an important part of emotional awareness) before making a conscious choice to set their worries aside for a period of time (a healthy coping strategy).
Use the labels in this resource to create a classroom (or student) worry jar. Various label sizes are included. Place the jar and the accompanying worry slips in an easily accessible place in your classroom. If they feel the need, students can write a worry and place it inside the jar. They can close it up tight and set their worry aside for the time being.
This download includes:
- Jar labels
- Worry slips (with and without lines)
- Worry exploration worksheet
Download to Create a Worry Jar for Your Classroom
Use the dropdown menu next to the Download button to select between the full-color PDF, black-and-white PDF or editable Google Slides version of this resource.
NOTE: You will want to make sure when printing that you choose the option ‘Actual Size’ under the Page Sizing section for it to print properly.
This resource can be used in conjunction with the following social-emotional learning resources about acknowledging and dealing with worry.
Teach your students how to deal effectively with worrying thoughts with this classroom poster.
Teach your students about anxious feelings with this comprehensive guide to understanding and managing anxiety.
Help students identify and manage anxious feelings with this self-reflection worksheet.