To use asking questions as a way to find out others’ perspectives and feelings
To understand you may need to try more than one solution to solve a problem
Materials: Two Puppets (you may also tell the story without puppets); Puppet
Script. Second Step Posters
Introduce (or review) idea that when we work and play together we might have problems with each other that we need to solve. Reference the previous lesson about problem-solving or any recent work the class has done with Second Step problem-solving lessons.
Show Second Step problem-solving poster and review steps. Ask class, “Have you ever thought someone was mad at you but you didn’t know why?” Give a personal example if needed. Discuss that sometimes it is not easy to know how someone is feeling or what the problem is (steps 1 and 2 on poster).
Tell class you are going to tell a story (with or without puppets). Let them know they are going to have to help you with the story.
During the story you will stop and refer to the Second Step problem solving poster.
After puppet story review:
Usually the best way to find out how people are feeling or what is bothering them is to ask them.
People need to be able to ask questions and talk to each other to solve problems with each other
If your first try doesn’t help solve the problem, keep trying. Find out what the other person thinks will help.
Puppet Story Script Chester: Hey DeeDee, c’mon, it’s time to line up for recess!
DeeDee: (arms crossed, angry voice) Hmmph!
Chester: (to the class) I think maybe she’s sad.
DeeDee: No! I’m not sad!
Chester: (to the class) Maybe she is just tired.
DeeDee: I’m not tired either!
Chester: I know. I bet she hurt herself.
DeeDee: Wrong Chester!
Chester: (to the class) How could we find out how DeeDee is feeling? She is not sad
Or tired or hurt.
[We could ask her]
Counselor: Who can think of a question we could ask DeeDee to find out how she is
[How are you feeling? Are you mad? What’s wrong?, etc. Allow a student