Practicing Mindfulness Using Breathing

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Objective: Students will practice managing their emotions, by practicing mindfulness.

Practicing Mindfulness Using Breathing

  • 12

  • 11

  • 10

  • 9

Objective: Students will practice managing their emotions, by practicing mindfulness.

Activity:

Activity #1:

Ask the students to think about things that cause them stress. Have them do Quick Write protocol and write down as many things as they can think of that are stressful for them. As a class, use Shout Out protocol to create a class list of things that are stressful on chart paper. 

Using the Shout Out protocol, have students shout out healthy ways to cope with these stressors. 

Ask students to think about the word, mindfulness. What do they know about it? What have they heard? Have them use the Turn and Talk protocol and create a definition of what they think the word means. Then, watch the videos, “What is Mindfulness?” and “Classroom Meditation.” 

 

Activity #2:

In groups of 3, use the Jigsaw protocol to have students read the articles on mindfulness: “What Is Mindfulness?” (article 1), “Why Practice It?” (article 2), and “How Do I Cultivate It?” (article 3) from Greater Good Magazine. 

As they read, have them use the protocol Marking the Text to note important things in their article that they want to share with the group. After everyone has read their articles, ask students to find a partner in the room that is the same number to discuss key details. Next, students will turn back to their original groups where each member will share out key information they learned from the article or their discussions.

Using the $2 Summary protocol, ask students to think about what they have learned from the articles, discussion, and videos in order to answer the following prompt: 

  • What is mindfulness, and why is it important to practice? 

Using the Numbered Heads Together protocol, ask groups to share their $2 Summary.

 

Common Core Standards:

  • 9-10.SL.1 ( Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9–10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively. )

  • 9-10.SL.1.a ( Come to discussions prepared, having read and researched material under study; explicitly draw on that preparation by referring to evidence from texts and other research on the topic or issue to stimulate a thoughtful, well-reasoned exchange of ideas. )

  • 9-10.SL.1.c ( Propel conversations by posing and responding to questions that relate the current discussion to broader themes or larger ideas; actively incorporate others into the discussion; and clarify, verify, or challenge ideas and conclusions. )

  • 9-10.SL.1.d ( Respond thoughtfully to diverse perspectives, summarize points of agreement and disagreement, and, when warranted, qualify or justify their own views and understanding and make new connections in light of the evidence and reasoning presented. )

  • 11-12.SL.1 ( Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 11–12 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively. )

  • 11-12.SL.1.a ( Come to discussions prepared, having read and researched material under study; explicitly draw on that preparation by referring to evidence from texts and other research on the topic or issue to stimulate a thoughtful, well-reasoned exchange of ideas. )

  • 11-12.SL.1.b ( Work with peers to promote civil, democratic discussions and decision-making, set clear goals and deadlines, and establish individual roles as needed. )

  • 11-12.SL.1.c ( Propel conversations by posing and responding to questions that probe reasoning and evidence; ensure a hearing for a full range of positions on a topic or issue; clarify, verify, or challenge ideas and conclusions; and promote divergent and creative perspectives. )

  • 11-12.SL.1.d ( Respond thoughtfully to diverse perspectives; synthesize comments, claims, and evidence made on all sides of an issue; resolve contradictions when possible; and determine what additional information or research is required to deepen the investigation or complete the task. )