Assertiveness Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

After implementing this lesson plan on assertiveness, your elementary students will be able to describe assertive, aggressive, and passive responses to conflict using related vocabulary. They will then complete a vocabulary map.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson on assertiveness, students will be able to:

  • Distinguish between assertive, aggressive, and passive responses, and describe the cause and effect relationship of each.
  • Understand and use vocabulary related to assertive behavior.


90 minutes

Common Core Curriculum Standards


Describe the relationship between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect.


Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 3 topic or subject area.


  • Aggressive
  • Assertive
  • Compromise
  • Confident
  • Conflict
  • Direct
  • Dominate
  • Firm
  • Intimidate
  • Nonverbal
  • Passive
  • Respect
  • Timid
  • Verbal


  • Copy of The Mouse, the Monster, and Me by Pat Palmer, Ed.D.
  • Chart paper
  • Markers
  • Prepared response cards
  • Clothespins
  • List of vocabulary words
  • Paper
  • Pencils

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