Classroom Guidance


How to Handle Doing Something on Accident

Learning Target: Students can identify what to do and say when something is done on accident.

Why This Lesson Matters: This lesson will help students understand that some actions are accidents. This may make them less likely to jump to conclusions. when students assume that others behave with hostility toward them, they are more likely to respond aggressively. this is particular true of students who are more frequently aggressive than others, even when they situation is ambiguous.

Activity: Our lesson began with the brain builder game "Simon Says". AFter our brains are warmed up for learning we listened to our puppets "Puppy" and "Snail" tell us about a time that "Snail" accidentally knocked into "Puppy" who then dropped his snack all over the floor. Then Snail apologized, said it was an accident and offered to help by sharing his snack. We then discussed as story about two kids running on the playground and one accidentally knocked into the other. We discussed that when you do something on accident, you didn't MEAN to do it. However, it is still important to apologize, let them know it was an accident, and then do or say something to help. Our Kindergarteners role played this with a partner then we had some pairs demonstrate it in front of the class showing what good eye contact looks like.

Application: Ask your child what is the difference between doing something on purpose versus on accident. See if they can discuss the three things to say when they do something on accident. ("I'm sorry, it was an accident, are you ok?")

ASCA (American School Counseling Association) Standard: PS:A1.9 Student can demonstrate cooperative behavior in groups.