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Mindfulness, Community, and Nature Stations

In this lesson, students will move through stations to practice and reflect on the mindfulness and social emotional learning tools that they have learned throughout the year.
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Students will be able to identify tools they have learned in the school year connected to mindfulness and social emotional learning.

(10 minutes)
  • Set up the three stations prior to class (refer to the Connection Stations worksheet).
  • Join students together in a circle, seated or standing.
  • Explain to students that they will be taking time to reflect and practice the various mindfulness and community-building tools they have learned this year.
  • Ask, "What are some things you have learned about mindfulness this year? Heartfulness?"
  • Write student responses on the board.
  • Ask, "What have you learned about caring for yourself? For others? For the environment and Earth?"
  • Write student responses on the board.
  • Explain that even as they move into the summer and the next grade, they can still use and practice what they have learned!
(10 minutes)
  • Point to the the different stations around the room.
  • Model for students how to complete each activity in each station. Show students how they will practice mindfulness in the peace corner, build with play dough in the heartfulness station, and craft a bracelet in the third station.
  • Explain that they will have 7–10 minutes at each station and that you will ring a bell at the end of their time to let them know to move to the next station.
(10 minutes)
  • Pass out the Connection Stations worksheet.
  • Ask a student to read through the worksheet.
  • Break students up into groups of 4–5 students and dismiss them to go to each station.
  • Remind them that they will have 7–10 minutes in their first station and that you will ring a chime when their time is complete at that station.
  • Ask them to begin.
(30 minutes)
  • Move around the room to check for student comprehension at each station.
  • Ring the chime after 7–10 minutes.
  • Ask students to move to their next station.
  • Repeat this until each station has been completed by all students.

Enrichment: Ask advanced students to make a video on how we rely on each other and on nature, connecting to compassion, mindfulness, and living in community.

Support: Work one-on-one or in small groups with some students and provide support with the Connection Stations worksheet.

(5 minutes)
  • Walk around the room and check in with as many students as possible to check for understanding. Provide support as needed and practice proximity if any students seem off task.
(5 minutes)
  • Bring students back together in a circle.
  • Ask students to bring what they have made in their stations.
  • Ask students to turn to a partner to share what they have made with each other.
  • Ask, "When can you practice mindfulness on your own this summer? When will you spend time in nature this summer?"
  • Ask, "How will you remember the connections we have to each other and to the Earth?"
  • Tell them they have done an excellent job learning and practicing mindfulness and caring for community and our environment.

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