Mindful Breathing

GRADES K-2

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 how deep breathing makes them feel
  • Demonstrate deep breaths with a breathing buddy
  • Describe different types of breathing

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. 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.

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