Subject: SEL (Social-Emotional Learning)

Lesson Length: 15 - 20 mins

Topic: Anxiety and Composure

Grade Level: 4, 5

Standards / Framework:

Brief Description: Students will practice different coping mechanisms that can help with anxiety.

Know Before You Start: Students should have an understanding of how breathing and body breaks can help to reduce stress.


  • Discuss stress:
    • When was the last time you felt anxious?

    • What did your body feel like? Tense? Light headed? Warm?

    • Did you clench your fists?

    • Did your breath start to get faster?

    • Did your heart beat faster? 

  •  Practice different coping mechanisms for when you begin feeling anxiety.


  • Read and discuss the sample comic.

    • Have you ever used one of these strategies? Did it help? 

  • If time allows, students can practice the strategies in the moment.

  • Have students create a comic showing their personal coping strategies for anxiety.


  • Have students commit to practicing one or many of the anxiety coping strategies throughout the week.
  • Revisit and reflect on how coping strategies helped after one week and ask what accommodations they will need to make to continue practicing the strategies.


  • Allow students to use the speech-to-text feature.
  • Print the sample comic for students to use as a reference when feeling anxiety.
  • Allow students to use the voiceover feature to read their comics aloud.