Lesson Plan

Mindfulness: The Present Moment

Mindfulness 101! Students focus on the present moment using their senses to observe what is happening right now. They are introduced to the idea that mindfulness is about paying attention to the present.
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Learning Objectives

  • Students will be able to describe the present, as differentiated from past and future, and give examples.
  • Students will be able to use their senses to notice and describe the present moment, including the things, details, people, and place around them.


(5 minutes)
Mindfulness: The Present Moment
  • Tell students that today they will practice focusing on the present moment.
  • Ask students to raise their hand to define "the present."
  • Explain to your class that today we will define the word "present" can mean a gift, but it also describes what is happening right now, and that this is how the class will define "the present" today.
  • Introduce the words past and future, for comparison, if they have not yet been suggested by students.