• 1. Talk about personal space.
    How does it make you feel when someone sits or stands in a place that is too close to you? Do you feel like the space around you is being “invaded”? Or, does it not matter to you? Everyone has personal territory, or space, in which they feel comfortable. Some people enjoy spreading out into larger territories. Others are comfortable in smaller spaces.

    2. Figure out your territories.
    What are your personal territories? Below are some ideas. Can you think of more?

    • your desk in a classroom at school
    • your bedroom at home
    • any other places where you go often and feel comfortable

    Talk about the territories of your pets or other animals you know. Where do these animals go often? How do they defend their territories? How do they feel if other animals or people enter their territories? Then talk about your family members’ territories. Where do your family members go often? Where are your adult caregivers allowed to go that you, as a kid, are not allowed to go?

    3. Draw your territories.
    Draw the following territories and then describe your drawings.

    • your territory
    • the territories of your pet or another animal
    • your family members’ territories
  • Materials You Provide

    • Crayons
    • Drawing paper
  • Background Information

    Everyone has personal territory, or space, that he or she is comfortable in. Understanding personal territory helps you to understand the reasons for conflicts over territory.


    Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry
    territory Noun

    land an animal, human, or government protects from intruders.