Learning Goal

Students will understand what mindfulness is through practice and a story.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Describe mindfulness
  • Practice new mindfulness techniques
  • Understand the Empowering Education and social and emotional learning time block (as appropriate to your school setting)

Learning Summary

This first lesson introduces mindfulness and lays a foundation for the rest of the school year for your classroom’s mindfulness and social and emotional learning (SEL) time.

After a short discussion of what mindfulness is, the lesson moves to a story with a Munchy and Jumpy story in which the twin rabbits go through their birthday without ever fully enjoying the party. Their Uncle Lamont then tells them of a secret magic trick they can do to repeat a day being more mindful the second time around. Students will meet these characters again in future/lessons. Following the story, students try a mindfulness practice and discuss how mindfulness makes them feel. Students end by drawing a picture of themselves doing mindfulness. As with all of our lessons, we encourage you to modify it to meet the needs of your and students. You’ll see various options listed below to help you do that.

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.