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

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This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic, Mindfulness, and supports students’ awareness of how their emotions and thoughts connect with how they feel physically, which can result in positively impacting their stress level, relationships, ability to focus and more.  Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of creative projects.

Step 1: ACTIVATE PRIOR KNOWLEDGE

Prompt students to think of a time they felt stressed. Ask: 

  • What made you feel that way?
  • What happened in your mind and body?
  • What helped you to feel better? 

Step 2: BUILD BACKGROUND

  • Read aloud the description on the Mindfulness topic page
  • Play the Movie, pausing to check for understanding.
  • Students read the “In Depth” Related Reading. With a partner, allow them to practice at least two of the stress relief strategies, and discuss how they felt.

 

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: Choose a mindfulness technique to practice. Document each step you took, and then reflect on the experience. How did your body and your mind feel before and after?
  • Make-a-Map: Outline a step-by-step guide on how to practice a mindfulness strategy. 
  • Creative Coding: Code a meme that shows a way to make mindfulness a habit.  

Step 4: REFLECT & ASSESS 

Reflect: After sharing creative projects with each other, students reflect on what they’ve learned about the practice and benefits of mindfulness. Prompt them by asking questions such as: 

  • When will you use mindfulness strategies? What behaviors or responses do you want to change?
  • What might make mindfulness tricky? How can you address those challenges?

Assess: Wrap up the lesson with the Mindfulness Challenge

Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments

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