Subject: SEL (Social-Emotional Learning)

Lesson Length: 15 - 20 mins

Topic: Mindfulness/Regulation

Grade Level: 4, 5, 6

Standards / Framework:

Brief Description: Students will use a comic to guide themselves through a short mindful practice.

Know Before You Start: Students should know the definition of mindfulness and how it can impact emotional health.

Hook:

  • Discuss stress.

    • What are some things that are stressful?

    • When you are feeling overwhelmed or stressed how do you cope? 

  • Explain that all it takes to recenter yourself is as easy as counting backwards from five! Let’s begin in 5...4...3...2...1

Activity:

  • Digitally display or print out the Mindful Morning sample comic. 

  • Ask students to think about how they are feeling both in their brains and in their bodies. Let them share.

  • Walk the class through each step of the comic, practicing the mindfulness techniques in each panel along the way. They may write their answers in a journal or on a paper.

Closure: Ask students to reflect on how they are feeling after these mindfulness activities.

  • Do they feel different than before they did it? How so?
  • Allow students to create a comic to share what they are feeling or some of the items they listed for each category.

Differentiation:

  • Provide visual representation of stressful situations. 

  • Display key words to describe feelings in our brains vs. body.

Resources:

  • Comic to print or display: Comic.

  • Suggested Readings:

    • Mind Bubbles by Heather Krantz. (Grades 4-5)

    • Now by Antoniette Portis. (Grades 4-6)

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