Check-in line

Sometimes students can’t explain how they are feeling. Using a continuum removes the pressure and lets students demonstrate visually how they are coping.

Year Level



5 minutes


  • In class activity

SEL Competencies

  • Self-awareness

Learning Intention

Students can identify how they are feeling on a continuum of coping.

Key Outcomes

By the end of the lesson, students will be able to:

  • recognise the different points of a continuum
  • acknowledge that stress can go up and down along a continuum and can change.

Instructions 5 min

  1. Ask students to draw a continuum with the labels ‘Coping’ at one end and ‘Not coping’ at the other.
  2. Ask students to mark on the continuum with a circle how they were feeling before school that day.
  3. Ask students to mark how they are feeling right now.


Discuss with students that we all have different stressors, and that how we feel can change throughout the day, week, month and year.

Explain that it is important for students to be able to recognise how they are coping. If they are close to the ‘not coping’ end of the continuum, then they need to seek help.