Respect My Bubble: A Read4Health Lesson Plan

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Comprehensive Health and Physical Education › Kindergarten › Identify the importance of respecting the personal space and boundaries of self and others
Reading, Writing, and Communicating › Kindergarten › Communication relies on effective verbal and nonverbal skills
Lesson Plan Details
2 class periods
Essential Question: 

What are some examples of situations that require personal space and boundaries?

How does it make you feel when someone doesn't respect your personal space?


Learning Objectives/Student Outcomes: 

Students will understand:

  • that positive relationships develop when there is respect for others' personal space and boundaries.
  • that decision-making skills facilitate the respect for the boundaries of others and the development of healthy relationships.
  • that clearly expressed communication conveys thoughts, meanings and ideas.

Students will know:

  • how to respect the boundaries of others.
  • the importance of personal space in various situations.
  • comprehension can be aided by making self-to-text connections.

Students will able to:

  • demonstrate and work in personal space in many situations.
  • distinguish positive and negative effects of establishing boundaries.
  • identify real-life connections between words and their use.
Key Topics: 

Oral Expression and Listening


Emotional and Social Wellness


Prior to instruction, the teacher needs to introduce the topic of personal space and give some basic examples of it.  The teacher should locate several hula-hoops for use in demonstration.  The teacher should prepare personal space books (one for each student).  Each booklet should contain a cover and several pages for writing and drawing. The teacher should acquire the text associated with this lesson.

Learning Experiences and Activities: 

In this lesson, the teacher will

1) Introduce the topic of personal space and read the book "Personal Space Camp" by Julia Cook.

2) After the story the teacher should engage the students in a discussion about the concepts in the book, focusing on the idea that every person has his/her own personal space. 

3) Use the hula-hoops to model personal space and then model several situations where personal space is invaded.  Ask the students to express how they feel when this happens.  

4) Engage the students in brainstorming about what other areas in the classroom or home may be examples of personal space.  Ideas may include the students' desk, carpet squares on the floor, a bedroom. 

5) Ask the students how they might know they have invaded someone's personal space. (Facial expressions, moving away, words).  Come up with some strategies for recognizing these cues and things one can do to avoid invading someone's space. 

  • Examine verbal and non-verbal cues.
  • Explain and demonstrate facial expressions, eye contact, or body movements someone might make if he/she is uncomfortable with you being in his/her personal space. These can include turning your head, backing away, crossing your arms, etc.
  • Have the child identify these cues and practice responding appropriately to them. 

The teacher should lead a discussion about the fact that you should be invited into someone's personal space.  Have the students come up with a list of times that it would be okay to have someone in your personal space. (hugs, zipping a jacket, lacing a shoe, working with a trusted adult.) 

6) Students should also be taught that it is okay to say no and to have his/her personal space respected. Have students practice how to say no to someone who is not respecting personal space. Students should say no through verbal and non-verbal ques that are respectful and assertive. Use "I" messages to convey feelings. 

On the second day of the lesson, the students can complete their personal space booklet which should include them drawing a picture of what personal space means to him/her, how to recognize verbal and non-verbal cues, strategies and examples of other kinds of personal space. 



Assessment will be informal observations of student behavior and their ability to manage his/her own personal space and the personal space of others.

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