- Between the Lions
- "Zoop! Zoop!"
Lionel reads a story about a big monster named Abiyoyo to his family and it scares Leona. Her mother helps her by having her play the ukulele and subdue her fears regarding the monster.
Dragon Tales - "Have No Fear"
Ord is afraid of Cassie's butterfrog. When she disappears it is up to Ord to rescue her despite his fears.
Do in Class
- Arthur: Courage Cards - Discuss how students can feel brave even when they are scared.
- Arthur: Fear No More - Encourage students to learn more about what they are afraid of to overcome their fears.
- Arthur: Handling Fear - Introduce children to a stuffed animal who is afraid and ask them to give the animal advice on how to overcome his fear.
- Arthur: Trying New Things - Explore feelings of boredom, nervousness and anxiety and list ways to overcome them when faced with new and unfamiliar experiences. Share stories of trying new things, and role-play ways to overcome stress.
- Berenstain Bears: Section 4: Socio-Emotional Development: Facing Fears - Make and use sock-puppets to explore real and imaginary fears.
- Dragon Tales: In Your Dragon Shoes - Play a game and discuss fearful situations and strategies for overcoming them.
- Dragon Tales: It Happened One Nightmare - Share a book that explores things that can be scary and act out what to do in scary situations.
- George Shrinks: Section 4: Socio-Emotional Development: Once I Was Afraid - Discuss reasons for being afraid and fears that you have overcome. Brainstorm things that helped remove the fears.
- It's a Big Big World: Time to Relax... - Discover strategies to calm yourself down when you feel scared or anxious.
- Jay Jay The Jet Plane: Overcoming Fears - Snuffy's First Day of School (Activity Two) - Advise students to discuss what they are afraid of. Ask for volunteers to help students mediate their fears.
- Jay Jay The Jet Plane: Overcoming Fears - Tracy's Snuggly Blanket (Activity Two) - Have students list things they are afraid of and lead a discussion about what can be done to overcome these fears.
- Mister Rogers: Parents & Teachers - Helping Children Talk About Their Scary Feelings - Encourage children to discuss their fears. Talking about their fears can make them seem less frightening.
- Dragon Tales: Forest of Darkness - Help Ord overcome his fears by identifying who or what is hiding in the dark.
- Beverly Billingsly Borrows a Book
By Alexander Stadler
Published April 2002 by Silver Whistle
Beverly is thrilled when she uses her new library card to check out a book on dinosaurs, but when she forgets to return the book on time, she fears an astronomical fine or jail. Her mother and an understanding librarian reassure her that an overdue book is not a major crime.
- Sidney Won't Swim
By Hilde Schuurmans
Published July 2002 by Charlesbridge Publishing
When it's time to learn to swim, Sidney says swimming is boring, swimming is dumb, but really Sidney is afraid. This picture book for children 4-8 shows how good friends can help a child overcome fears.
*As most PBS children's programs offer one year extended taping rights for teachers, please feel free to tape them now and save them for use in your classroom during the school year.