Grade Levels: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic, Getting Help, and addresses self-awareness standards related to knowing how and when to seek help for social and emotional issues. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of creative projects.


Write the following phrases on the board:

  • I’m stuck.
  • I can’t do it.
  • I don’t know how to do this.

Ask students to think about these phrases and to respond tothe following questions in a journal: 

If you’ve ever said one of these sentences to yourself, what was the circumstance or situation?

What do you do when you feel this way?


  • Read aloud the description below the Movie player.
  • Play the Movie, pausing to check for understanding.

Step 3: APPLY
Students synthesize their ideas and express them through one or more of the following creative projects. They can work individually or collaborate.  

  • Make-a-Movie: Produce a movie showing a student asking someone for help with a challenging homework assignment. Add dialogue to show what the conversation would sound like. Include how the student felt before and after asking for help.
  • Make-a-Map: Create a concept map showing different scenarios where people might need to ask for help and strategies they can use.
  • Creative Coding: Code a meme that encourages people to get help when they are stuck or when something feels challenging. 


Reflect: After sharing creative projects with each other, students reflect on what they’ve learned about getting help. Prompt them by asking questions such as: 

  • What is one step you will take next time you realize you need help?
  • What would you say to a friend who says they don’t think asking for help will make things better?

If time allows, have students fill out the Graphic Organizer to plan for the next time they need help. 

Assess: Wrap up the lesson with a Getting Help Challenge.

Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments