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Mr. Schu asked Michael Ian Black what inspired him to write I'M SAD, and here's what Michael said:

"We all feel sad sometimes.When we do, it’s good to know we have people (or potatoes) in our lives who won’t think any less of us for feeling the way we feel and who will still love us no matter what."

- Michael Ian Black

 

MIXED-UP FEELINGS JAR ACTIVITY:

Thanks to Marcie Colleen for this idea in the I'M SAD Teacher's Guide (see Teacher Guides). Provide students with slips of paper (feel free to use this Mixed Up Feelings template), each with the name of a feeling on it. Students should color each feeling in what color they think fits. On the back of each slip of paper, students should write why they might feel this way. Put the slips of paper into a wide-mouth plastic jar. Explain to students that sometimes we feel several different feelings at once. See the I'M SAD Teacher's Guide for more instructions.

ANXIETY AND WORRYING RESOURCES

The Child Anxiety Network: designed by Dr. Donna Pincus to provide thorough, user-friendly info about child anxiety.

Helping Children Cope With Fear And Anxiety: by Dr. Ananad Prabhu, CHEO

What to Do (and Not Do) When Children Are Anxious: by Clark Goldstein, PhD on Childmind.org.

What does anxiety look like in anxiety and youth? When does anxiety become a problem? Tips on KeltyMentalHealth.ca.

Childhood Anxiety Disorders: Anxiety and Depression Association Of America

Meditation For Anxious Children: Helping Kids Begin Meditating: by Janis Gioia, Comforting Anxious Children blog

 

ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN WHO WORRY:

Activities For Anxious Kids: on The School Counseling Files. Includes relaxation stones, creating a worry warrior, mind jars, imagingin yourself as a superhero, making a video, guided relaxation, making a collage, drawing a comic strip, making stress fidgets, comfort/coping boxes, make a list and more. 

KidsHealth In The Classroom activities for Grade 3-5 about Stress.

Ideas on Pinterest for Kids Who Worry

Practice Mindfulness With Belly Breathing - PBS Kids

 

ON ANXIETY AND STRESS IN CHILDREN'S BOOKS:

All Birds Have Anxiety (UBCPress) - by Kathy Hoopmann

Don't Stress: How To Handle Life's Little Problems (Scholastic Canada) - by Helaine Becker

The Invisible String (Devorss & Co) - by Patrice Karst and Joanne Lew-Vriehoff

Pilar's Worries (Albert Whitman & Company) - by Victoria M. Sanchez and Jess Golden

The Secret To Clara's Calm (Wisdom Publications) - by Tamara Levitt

Thank Goodness For Bob (Egmont UK) - by Matthew Morgan and Gabriel Alborozo.

Wilma Jean The Worry Machine (National Center For youth Issues) - by Julia Cook and Anita DuFalla

The Worry Box - by Suzanne Chiew and Sean Julian

 

ON SADNESS IN CHILDREN'S BOOKS:

Why Children's Books Should Be A Little Sad - by Kate DiCamillo (Time.com)

Why I love to read sad and dark books to children (and you should too) - by Jill Eisenberg (Lee & Low blog)

Why We Shouldn't Shield Children From Darkness - by Matt de la Pena (Time.com)

 

ON TALKING TO YOUNG PEOPLE ABOUT SADNESS AND OTHER FEELINGS:

Helping kids deal with negative emotions in the classroom - by Kirrillie Smout on Developing Minds

Negative emotions: Why parents need to accept their child's no-so-nice emotions - Today's Parent

Allowing Negative Feelings - The Successful Parent

Kids Feeling Blue: 5 Ways To Get Them Talking - by Maureen Healy, Psychology Today

Tips For Teachers: Ways to help students who struggle with emotions or behavior - Mental Health America

How teachers can help kids deal with negative emotions in the classroom - by Kirrilie Smout, clinical child psychologist

10 Tips For Talking With Students About Tragedy - from Dr. Robin F. Goodman, Scholastic blog