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Breath, Movement, and Relaxation

Listening to the soothing sounds of the ocean and practicing slowing down can be helpful to feel more calm and ease. Calming tools such as breathwork, mindful movement, and stillness are practiced in this ocean-themed lesson.
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Students will be able to identify a problem and engage in problem-solving steps to come up with a solution.

(10 minutes)
  • Begin playing the Ocean Waves Relaxation video.
  • Bring students together in a circle, either seated or standing.
  • Ask, "What sounds do you hear? Where do we usually hear these sounds? How do you feel when you listen to the sounds of the ocean?"
  • Ask students to become very still, to close their eyes or look down, and to listen to the sounds of the waves.
  • Lower music volume slowly to silent.
  • Explain to students that they will now listen to the sound of the ocean in their breathing.
  • Ask them to cover their ears and to listen to their breath (for three breaths).
  • Ask, "Who was able to hear the ocean waves in their breathing?"
  • Ask them to cover their ears and to listen to their breath (for five breaths).
  • Ask, "Who was able to hear the ocean waves in their breathing?"
  • Ask them to cover their ears and to listen to their breath (for seven breaths).
  • Ask them to bring their hands back down to their laps and to slowly open their eyes when they are ready.
  • Ask, "What did you notice? How do you feel?"
  • Explain that they can listen to their ocean breaths at any time to feel more calm.
(15 minutes)
  • Ask students to stand up.
  • Model and ask them to slowly raise their arms above their head as they breathe in.
  • Model and ask them to slowly lower their arms as they breathe out.
  • Guide them to do this three more times.
  • Ask students to see if they can notice the sound of their ocean breath.
  • Ask them to come to stillness with their arms by their sides.
  • Model and guide them to slowly raise their arms in front of them, creating a wave as they breathe in.
  • Guide them to slowly lower their arms as they breathe out.
  • Guide them to do this three more times.
  • Ask them to come to stillness with their arms by their sides.
  • Guide them to bring their hands to their waist and to create small hip circles, slowly.
  • Ask them to breathe in as they roll forward and to breath out as they roll back.
  • Ask students to see if they can notice the sound of their ocean breath.
  • Guide them to move in the opposite direction.
  • Ask them to come to stillness with their arms by their sides. (Pause)
  • Ask, "What did you notice? How do you feel?"
  • Ask, "When can you use mindful movement or ocean breath movements?"
(10 minutes)
  • Ask students to lie on their back, with their feet towards the center of the circle.
  • Ask students to become as still and as relaxed as they can.
  • Play the song "Still as a Starfish."
  • Play the video "Magic Bubbles: A Guided Relaxation for Children."
  • Ask them to slowly wiggle their fingers and toes.
  • Ask them to sit up with criss-crossed legs.
  • Review and model the Still as a Starfish worksheet with the class.
(15 minutes)
  • Dismiss students back to their seats to work on the Still as a Starfish worksheet. Check to see if any students have questions or need support and assist these students.

Enrichment: Ask advanced students to lead the class at a future time to listen to their ocean breaths.

Support: Work one-on-one or in small groups with some students and provide support with the Still as a Starfish worksheet.

(5 minutes)
  • Walk around the room and check student comprehension of problem-solving steps during independent work.
(5 minutes)
  • Play the Ocean Waves Relaxation video in the background.
  • Bring students back together in a circle (have them bring their starfish).
  • Ask, "What are some things we practiced today to help us to feel more calm?"
  • Ask, "When can we practice these tools?"
  • Ask students to become as still as starfish again and to take a few deep breaths.
  • Explain to them that their starfish will be hung up in the classroom as a reminder of the calming tools they practiced today.

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