Students will learn why and how to breathe deeply.
By the end of the lessons, students will be able to:
- Understand how deep breathing makes them feel
- Demonstrate deep breaths with a breathing buddy
- Describe different types of breathing
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. You then have students notice their breath and count how many times they breathe in a minute. The lesson then moves to a story in which Munchy learns to do deep breathing when he finds a chipmunk lying atop him. Then the students use a “breathing buddy” (a stuffed animal, bean bag, or just an eraser or other school supply) to enact that part of the story and explore different types of breath. Students end by drawing a picture of themselves with their breathing buddy in their journals.
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.
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