Lesson

Using Your Senses to be Mindful

Teach kids how they can use their senses as a way to be mindful when they pause and focus on the present moment.

Objectives

  • Describe ways to use the five senses to be mindful.
  • Give examples of being mindful of internal feelings.

Lesson Plan

This unit helps a child to understand and practice mindfulness. To practice mindfulness is to purposefully pay attention to your breathing, feelings, senses, or actions in the present moment. When a child is mindful, they increase their ability to regulate emotions, manage stress, and self-motivate.

Set The Stage

Describe an item in your classroom using your five senses. Can the students guess what you are talking about?

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Captivate

Five Senses and Feelings

Present the slideshow to guide students through a mindful activity using their senses. Allow ample time between slides to encourage mindful thoughts.

Educate

Identify Mindful Actions

Tell students that whenever they pause and pay attention to something on purpose, they are being mindful. When they looked carefully at the picture, they were being mindful.  Discuss how they used their senses to be mindful when they observed the forest picture.

Check for Understanding: How can you use your senses to be mindful? (Pause and think about how something looks, sounds, smells, tastes, and feels.)

Activate

Use Your Senses

Imagine you are in the forest. Think about what you would see, smell, taste, touch, and hear as you color the picture. How do you feel?

Close the Lesson

Today we took a moment to be mindful and looked carefully at a picture. When can you pause to be mindful and use your senses later today?

Grade: 3-5

Time: 20 Minutes

What You'll Need

Resources

Materials
  • Markers
  • Poster Board or White Board
  • Slideshow

Health Education Standards

  • Standard 1: Core Concepts -Promote Mental and Emotional Health
  • Standard 4: Interpersonal Communication
  • Standard 5: Decision-Making
  • Standard 7: Practice Health-Enhancing Behaviors

 

Social and Emotional Learning Competencies

  • Self-Awareness
  • Self-Management
  • Responsible Decision-Making

Extend the Lesson

  • Play Greetings from the fitGames series for kids to practice ways to be mindful when greeting one another.
  • Read about Breathing Techniques to help your students relax and become more mindful of their choices.
  • Read about how you can help kids be more mindful of their choices with the cue "Think fit. Be fit!"

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