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 to help with anxiety.

Know Before You Start: Knowing the brain science of breathing and body breaks to reduce stress will be helpful.


  • 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? 

  • Explain that when we are angry or stressed our bodies turn to “freak out” mode and that’s why we sometimes fall into the pit of anxiety and it’s hard to get out of our feelings. 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 their own comic that shows their personal coping strategies for anxiety.

Closure: Have students make a goal to practice one or many of the anxiety strategy skills throughout the week. Revisit and reflect how the practice went after one week and ask what accommodations they will need to make to practice the strategies more.

Differentiation: Print the sample comic for students to use as a reference when feeling anxiety.