Lesson Plan on Emotional Growth and Maturity (for Grade 5 to 8)
1. Distinguish a mature behavior from immature behavior.
2. Identify immature behaviors and plan ways to improve them.
3. Assess his/her level of maturity on a behavioral checklist.
Topic: Emotional Growth and Maturity
Watch the video below and try to relate it to yourself.
1. Relate to the class some school situations where in you felt you acted maturely. (Ask at least two volunteers). What about the situations where in you acted immaturely?
Based on the video, why do you say that a particular behavior is Mature? Immature?
From one of the examples of immature behavior on the video, identify one and give your opinion on how a mature person act? Relate one example from the video to your personal experience.
b. Setting the Purpose
Copy the list below. Check the phrases which you feel the way you usually behave.
HOW MATURE YOU ARE
The Immature Person
The Mature Person
depends on other
makes his/ her own decisions
shoulders responsibility and follows through plans for the future
drifts from day to day
is willing to cooperate
wants his/ her own way always
thinks through his/ her problems
controls his/ her temper
gets angry easily
can laugh at himself/ herself
broods over his/ her mistakes
Choose one of the points checked in the first column. Jot down two or three examples showing when and why you have behaved this way. When, for examples, have you been angry? why? What have you worried about?
If you did not choose points under the first column, would you say you are a mature person? Explain.
c. Group Activities
(Form a group about 5 or 6 members). And as a group, let's see how your perceived level of maturity fits into the five guide questions posed in the article you are about to read.
Group 1. Do you take the responsibility and follow through?
(From the article below present a simple play showing how a mature person should behave under the given situation.)
Developing your ability to see things through is one of the surest way to back up your claim that you are old enough to do things on your own. When you volunteer to work for a club, a team, a committee, do you stick around long enough to finish the job? Children start projects enthusiastically, tire of them quickly and drop them half finished. Mature people however, are able to keep the job after the first enthusiasm has faded, to look beyond the seeming dullness of the work, and continue to carry the work through the end
Group 2: Do you cooperate with others
Using the tone and rhythm of a popular song, compose a rap about a situation below.
Can you give and take with your dealings with people? The girl who sulks all evening because her family decided to cancel the weekend picnic in when she has just given up her ticket to the concert earlier in the day; the brother and sister who quarrel every evening over which television programs to tune in; the boy who lets his chores go because he is "too busy" are all emotionally immature. Where do you stand - with the overgrown children whose theme is "We'll do it my way or not at all", or with grown ups who say "Well, what points can we get together on?"
Group 3: Are you a good sport?
Change a lyrics of you favorite song to what a mature person should do under the situation below.
Can you accept defeat without whines, excuses or complaints? When somebody else gets the role you tried for in the school play; when it rains without let up the day of the class field trip - can you swallow your disappointment? When the going is rough, can you take it and grin?
Group 4: Can you keep calm in trying situation?
Compose a poem showing the how a mature person should act under the situation below.
Does every little annoyance make you fuss and fume? If you are stuck waiting for your turn at the paying counter, do you get mad, mutter and shove? Train yourself to look calmly over situations. See them as they really are. The lunch time chat will cost you at most five minutes. What are five minutes out of your life?
Group 5: Do you think for yourself?
Present an interpretative dance showing how a mature person should act and think under the situation below.
You are old enough to make your decisions. Make them but be sure: (1) that they are clear, sensible judgement based on all the facts you can command; (2) that they are your own. What the crowd does, wears, says and thinks mean a great deal to many young people. And since the crowd offers companionship, fun and a sense of belonging, some boys and girls parrot what ever their gang says and never bother thinking for themselves. No one is ready for adult responsibilities unless he/ she is willing to think things through for himself/ herself.
Based on what you have presented, describe your level of emotional growth and maturity.
Complete the following:
One is mature if ______________________________________________________________
Relate the article below to your own experience.
Maturity Check up
A mature person does not take himself or herself too seriously; his or her job, yes!
A mature person keeps alert in mind.
A mature person does not always "view with alarm" every adverse situation that arises.
A mature person is too big to belittle someone.
A mature person has faith in self, which fortified by faith in God.
A mature person never accept either success or failure in self as something permanent.
A mature person never accepts any personal moods as permanent.
A mature person is one who can control personal impulses.
A mature person is not afraid to make mistakes.
(by Leonard Wedel)
From your responses, choose one in which you consider your weakest trait. Then tell to the class (or group) your plan how to strengthen it.
On a sheet of bond paper, depict your maturity level in the form of a collage or poster. At the back of the poster, describe your work. Submit your masterpiece any day before our next meeting.