Support Resources

Classroom resources for supporting grieving students and their learning community. 

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General Resources

ARTICLES paired with Discussion Questions, Vocabulary, Writing Prompts and Comprehension Checks                    

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*Credit for these materials goes to NewsELA curated through KPBSD's subscription are for use in the classroom only. 

Article 1 - How to Deal with the Death of Loved One

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Audience: Upper Elementary

Main Idea: The article is about how to cope with the death of a loved one, including allowing oneself to grieve without judgment, reminding oneself that there is no right way to grieve, making time in one's life to process grief, accepting help and support from others, spending time with friends and family, taking care of one's body while grieving, looking for positive ways to remember the loved one, using the funeral as an opportunity to celebrate their life, moving forward gradually on one's own timeline, getting back into daily routines at one's own pace, being prepared for anniversary reactions, finding a support group to talk about feelings with others and talking to a counselor if intense grief or sadness won't go away.


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Article 2 - Children and grieving the loss of of a loved one

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Audience: High School

Main Idea: The article is about how everyone grieves differently and how parents can help children process their grief without pushing them. 


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Article 3 - With Grief there is sadness, but eventually the joy comes again

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Audience: Middle School

Main Idea: The article is about how the author's children taught her to embrace both sadness and joy in the wake of a family tragedy. 


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Article 4 - Dealing with stress and strong emotions 

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Audience: Upper Elementary - High School

Main Idea: The article is about the different types of stress, causes of stress in the workplace, and strategies for managing it. 


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Article  5 - Why losing Kobe Bryant felt like losing a relative or a friend

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Audience: Upper Elementary - Middle School

Main Idea: The article examines why Kobe Bryant's death had such a profound effect on so many people who didn't know him, and suggests three main reasons grounded in psychology. 


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Article 6 - Writing and reading can help people feel better and heal

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Audience: Middle School - High School

Main Idea: The article explores how writing and reading stories can be used to heal, help us empathize with others, and communicate better. 


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Article 7 + Lesson through Literature - The Sun Stands Still

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Audience: Grades 3rd to 5th


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Compelling Question: How can processing grief sometimes feel like a rollercoaster of emotions?

Student Instructions: Processing strong feelings, like grief, is sometimes described as an “emotional rollercoaster”. Here, you will read about a girl named Izzie who feels sad when thinking about happy memories. You will identify these conflicting emotions to better understand the ups and downs of grief.

1. Think-Pair-Share with the following prompt: People have happy memories and sad memories, but sometimes even happy memories can make us feel sad. Think about some reasons why a happy memory might make a person feel sad.

2. As you read The Sun Stands Still, highlight the happy emotions that Izzie feels during the story in one color. Choose a different color to highlight the sad emotions Izzie feels.

3. After reading, respond to the following using specific details from the article:

4. Return to the Compelling Question: How can processing grief sometimes feel like a rollercoaster of emotions?

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Main Idea: The article is about Izzie's experience of celebrating the winter solstice with her family in the absence of her grandfather. 


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BOOKS/NOVELS paired with Discussion Questions, Vocabulary, Writing Prompts and Checks for Understanding

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*Credit for these materials goes to ReadWorks.org an extensive resource site free to teachers who create an account. 

Novel Study  - The Tiger Rising

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Audience: Upper Elementary

Novel: The Tiger Rising by Kate DiCamillo

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Novel Study  - Walk Two Moons

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Audience: Middle School - High School

Novel: Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech

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Additional Resources

Wrangle Public School District - Traumatic Event Resources Page