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This is a lesson on mindfulness, based upon a teen-friendly TED Talk (20:12), that addresses the socio-emotional need of recognizing our physiological responses to stress and offers strategies to address them.
Students will be able understand how habits of mindfulness can help us to manage stress by viewing a TED Talk, responding to the big ideas in the talk, and completing an exit ticket.
I created this lesson with grades 7-10 in mind. It is appropriate for secondary AVID classes, homeroom, leadership, study skills, and health courses—any class with whom you have an opportunity to discuss how best to manage stress. This is a print and GO! lesson--leave a copy of the lesson plan, answer key, and directions for how to cue up the Ted Talk, and you have a great emergency sub plan as well.
I have been a middle and high school English teacher for 29 years, and only in the past five have I been teaching leadership and AVID classes as well. This lesson guides students to capture the “big ideas” of the talk, and it includes an “about/point,” which is a summarizing strategy, as well as a paragraph of reflection. I have included scaffolding suggestions on the answer key to help with differentiating instruction for all of your students and integrating writing as a vehicle for helping students synthesize their learning across the curriculum.
Have an absent student? The QR code to the talk is printed on the lesson. Kids can scan it on their phones and view.