Lesson Plan

Mindfulness: Deep Relaxation

Deep relaxation in school? Yes, it is possible! Through this process you will guide students to consciously focus on relaxing various body parts, leading to a visualization to help relax their full body mindfully.
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Take calming breaths and relax in the lesson plan Mindfulness: Deep Relaxation. In this extended activity, students will practice social emotional skills that help relax their entire body mindfully. Specifically, they will learn how to pay attention to what is happening “right now” and use their imagination to bring up calming visualizations. This lesson’s mindfulness technique can be a great resource for kids of all ages, whether they are in preschool, kindergarten, first grade, second grade, third grade, fourth grade, or fifth grade.

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to practice relaxing their body to notice how it feels. Students will be able to make connections between relaxation and mindfulness.

Introduction

(5 minutes)
Mindfulness: Deep Relaxation
  • Ask the students what it means to feel relaxed. When do they feel relaxed? What helps them feel relaxed?
  • Have students share what relaxation means to them, and examples of when they feel relaxed.
  • Explain that today you will practice an exercise for deep relaxation, and make connections to mindfulness.
  • Review the term mindfulness as necessary: "Paying attention to what is happening right now."