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LEARNING OBJECTIVES

Read about how to approach some common tensions between siblings; describe how to use communication skills to problem-solve when interpersonal conflicts arise.

HEALTH ED STANDARDS

NHES 4: Demonstrate the ability to use communication skills to prevent and negotiate interpersonal conflicts to avoid or reduce health risks.

CASEL COMPETENCY: Relationship skills

KEY VOCAB

vying, harmonious, sequester, intervene

Lesson Plan: A Survival Guide to Siblings

Some days, it might feel impossible to believe that having a brother or sister can work to your advantage. Your sibling(s) could also feel the same way about you. These practical hacks can help keep everyone happy!

ESSENTIAL QUESTION

How can I maintain a healthy relationship with my sibling(s) even when I feel annoyed?

 CLOSE-READING QUESTIONS

  1. How has the pandemic complicated sibling relationships, according to Claire Lerner? Explain. Feelings like competition, comparing, and vying for your parents’ attention could be magnified. This is because siblings might be your only option for socializing IRL.
  2. According to what you read, what skills can people learn from having a sibling? List at least three. Possible answers: Having a sibling can teach sharing, communication, conflict management, and having someone else’s back.

 CRITICAL-THINKING QUESTIONS

  1. Think of a recent conflict with a sibling or other family member that you were able to resolve without anyone’s feelings getting hurt. Explain how you solved the issue. Answers will vary.
  2. Has the pandemic challenged you to communicate with siblings or other family members differently than you used to? Explain. Answers will vary.
  3. Did any of the celebrity sibling relationships you read about remind you of relationships you have in your own life? Explain. Answers will vary.

CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES

MAKING CONNECTIONS

NHES 7

CASEL Competency: Relationship Skills

This activity asks students to consider the benefits of MINDFULNESS IN RELATIONSHIPS. Whether your students have siblings or not, they will be able to connect these ideas to their close family relationships. After watching a short video about mindfulness, students will respond to some reflection questions. (Click here to find this Skill Builder.)

EXTENSION ACTIVITY

NHES 4

CASEL Competency: Relationship Skills

Challenging negative thoughts is an absolute necessity in successful relationships, but it can take work. In this activity students will use a MINDFULNESS TRACKER to set an intention, describe annoying run-ins, and take note of their successes in responding mindfully. (Click here to find this Skill Builder.)

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