Lesson Plan

Reflections on Positive Relationships

Reflecting on growth can support deeper learning and understanding of ourselves. In this lesson, students will reflect on ways they have grown in practicing mindfulness and living in a community through writing and planting a tree together.
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to identify ways they have grown in their practice of mindfulness, in learning about themselves and their gifts, supporting each other in their classroom community, and in deepening their connections with nature and the planet.


(10 minutes)
  • Place the sapling outside in a hidden place, before students go outside.
  • Bring students outside to a quiet area (if possible).
  • Join students together in a circle, either seated or standing.
  • Ask students to stand up tall and take take three full breaths.
  • Ask them to come back to natural breathing.
  • Guide them to place their hand on their heart.
  • Invite them to close their eyes or lower their gaze.
  • Ask them to reflect on the positive things they have done for themselves this year (e.g., the tools they have learned from mindfulness lessons, healthy choices they have made in food or exercise, healthy routines and habits, etc.).
  • Ask them to now consider the positive relationships they have built with others over the year and how they have helped and supported others.
  • Invite them to consider how they have grown in their relationship with the planet (e.g., taking quiet time outside for a walk, appreciation for nature, etc.).
  • Ask them to notice how they feel in their heart as they reflect on these moments of growth and connection.
  • Ask them to take a few deep breaths into their belly and to open their eyes when they are ready.
  • Ask, "What did you notice? How do you feel? How have you grown this year?"