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Mindfulness & SEL 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 three stations prior to class:
    • The first station is the peace corner. At this station, have students choose to listen to a four-minute guided mindfulness video or practice 4–5 animal breaths.
    • The second station is called "I Am Peaceful." At this station students take play dough and shape themselves as peaceful and calm, practicing mindfulness. Students can also mold something else that brings them peace (their pet, nature, a flower, etc.). Tell students that when they see these molds it can be a reminder to practice mindfulness over the summer!
    • The third station is called "Seeing the Good in Myself and Others." At this station students can draw a picture of themselves and their talents and gifts! They will also draw a picture of someone else's talents and gifts to give to them.
  • Bring students together in a circle, seated or standing.
  • Explain that today 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?"
  • Write student responses on the board.
  • Ask, "What have you learned about living in a kind and loving community this year?"
  • 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!
(15 minutes)
  • Point out that there are three different stations around the room.
  • Model for students how to complete each activity in each 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.
  • Group students into three groups by counting off the numbers one, two, and three.
(15 minutes)
  • Have students go to each station to start, with ones at the first station, twos at the second station, and threes at the third station.
  • Have one student model what they should be doing in each station.
  • Ask the class if they have questions.
  • Explain that they will have 7–10 minutes in their first station and that they may begin.
(30 minutes)
  • Move around the room to check for student comprehension at each station.
  • Ring the chime after 7–10 minutes.
  • Give students another 7–10 minutes in their second station.
  • Repeat this until each station has been completed by all students.

Enrichment: Ask advanced students to build a train with play dough and to make items to place in each train car connected to mindfulness and living in a community (such as a chime, heart, caring hands, etc.) .

Support: Work one-on-one or in small groups with some students and provide support with the each station.

(5 minutes)
  • Walk around the room and check student comprehension during station work.
(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?"
  • Ask, "How will you remember to see the good in yourself?"
  • Ask, "How will you remember to care for others in your community?"
  • Tell them they have done a wonderful job learning and practicing mindfulness and caring for others in their community!

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