Mindful Breathing

GRADES 6-8

Learning Goal

Students will learn why and how to breathe deeply.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Understand the value of breathing
  • Learn multiple breath techniques
  • Understand the connection between breath and feelings

Learning Summary

The lesson starts with students watching a video (we provide two options, review and choose which one is best for your class). After the video, you will assign small groups different breathing techniques to teach the class. After some time in small groups, the students will present to the class the technique followed by a class discussion of reactions to the breathing practices. Students end by reflecting in their journals how they might use different breaths throughout their day.

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