Mindful Breathing

GRADES 3-5

Learning Goal

Students will learn why and how to breathe deeply. 

Learning Objectives

By the end of the lessons, students will be able to:

  • Explain the difference between a belly breath and a chest breath
  • Understand the connection between our breath and how we feel

Learning Summary

The lesson begins with a mindful moment in which students bring awareness to their body by pushing through their legs and feet into the ground. The lesson then has students notice their breath and count how many times they breathe in a minute. Students then learn and practice two different types of breaths, shallow versus
deep breathing, noticing the differences and how each type of breathing makes them feel. The class then discusses how breath might be tied to their emotions. For example, if they are feeling angry, what might their breath be like and how could they alter their breath in that situation to help them feel more at ease? The lesson ends with students reflecting on how different types of breathing makes them feel.

CASEL Competencies

Self-awareness: The ability to accurately recognize one’s own emotions, thoughts, and values and how they influence behavior. The ability to accurately assess one’s strengths and limitations, with a well-grounded sense of confidence, optimism, and a "growth mindset."

Self-management: The ability to successfully regulate one’s emotions, thoughts, and behaviors in different situations — effectively managing stress, controlling impulses, and motivating oneself. The ability to set and work toward personal and academic goals.

Classroom Teaching Example