After several years in the classroom, I realized that my students needed instruction on HOW to be kind, respectful, and all the things I was asking them to be. I developed these units to support teachers in teaching and rewarding great character in the classroom! Building a classroom community is one of the most important things teachers can do and it greatly impacts our students academically! This unit on MINDFULNESS
is part of a year-long curriculum for teaching students how to have great character! However, this unit could also be used as a stand-alone resource for teaching all about being mindfulness in the classroom. :)
This unit is part of a BUNDLE that includes TEN units on character education at a discounted price.
Lesson 1-What Does Mindfulness Mean?
To introduce mindfulness, your class will practice noticing what is happening around them and inside their body. Then you'll create an anchor chart about mindfulness, and students will draw and write about it.
Lesson 2A-Why Should I Listen to My Body
In this lesson, you'll discuss the clues our bodies give us when we are having a big emotion. We'll teach our students to tune into their body to help them manage emotions. You'll sort things like face is red, body feels heavy, full of energy, and more into different emotions students might experience. Then students will draw and write about the clues their body gives them about their emotions.
Lesson 2B-How Are Emotions Like Zones?
In this lesson, you'll discuss how some emotions are stronger than others. Students will discuss red, orange, yellow, and green zone emotions. This is NOT a lesson on a clip chart or consequences. It's to help students tune into how strongly they are feeling something, and recognize that our best learning happens at the green zone...when we are feeling calm and peaceful. You'll discuss how "red zone" feels like you're out of control or explosive, and when this happens, we can ask for help to calm down.
Lesson 3-How Can Breathing Help Me Get Back to the Green Zone
To help students reach "green zone," you'll practice several breathing exercises with students that they can use at any time! You'll have cards to use as reminders for belly breathing, peaceful breaths, flower breaths, squiggle breaths, and cactus breaths.
Lesson 4-What Are Other Ways to Practice Mindfulness?
After discussing breathing exercises last week, you'll talk about other ways to practice mindfulness. Students will practice focusing on what they see, hear, smell, feel, and what is great about them. You'll also model a few simple yoga moves that students can practice.
This Resource Also Includes:
-My Favorite Yoga Move Writing Page
-Emotion Zone Sort
-Tell All About It Writing Page (When I'm Calm/When I'm Angry)
-Mindfulness Parent Letter
-Original Poem about Mindfulness
Other Volume Two Units
Volume One Units