The Way I Act
Students will be able to utilize mindful breathing to slow down and consider how they can make healthy choices.
- Bring students into a circle, either seated in chairs or on the floor.
- Ask them to sit in mindful bodies (quiet and still, with their eyes closed or looking down).
- Tell the class to take a few full breaths. As they breathe, ask them to count their breaths in their minds.
- Tell them that it is okay if they lose track of the numbers, or if they get distracted by a thought. If this happens, tell them to gently bring their thoughts back to the number of breaths and the feeling of breathing.
- After 1–2 minutes, have them slowly open their eyes. Ask, "How do you feel? What do you notice?"
- Explain to students that today they will be discussing how it feels to have more control over their bodies and choices.
- Show the class the book The Way I Act, and ask them what they think the book may be about.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher modeling(10 minutes)
- Read through The Way I Act. Pause at different times to ask the following questions: How do you think the main character feels when they make healthy choices? How do their actions impact others? How do you think it feels to have more control over our behaviors and choices?
- Write some key vocabulary words from the story on the board (compassionate, responsible, caring, etc.).
Guided Practice(5 minutes)
- After reading the story, introduce The Way I Act worksheet to the class.
- Read the instructions, and model how to work through the worksheet and choice board.
- Ask a student to come up and demonstrate to the class how to choose an activity from the choice board.
Independent working time(25 minutes)
- Ask students to return to their seats and begin working on The Way I Act worksheet. Tell them to choose two activities from the choice board to complete.
Enrichment: Ask students to write their own story about making healthy choices and having control over their bodies, similar to The Way I Act. Potential prompt: Write a narrative and short story describing a time you had control over your behavior and choices. For example, you could write about a time when you completed a project on time (showing responsibility), you forgave a friend (forgiveness), or you told the truth in a difficult situation (integrity).
Support: Work with a small group of students to help them complete The Way I Act worksheet.
- Observe students working at their seats during the independent working time. You may also collect worksheets to check their understanding of questions about making healthy choices.
Review and closing(10 minutes)
- After all students have completed their activities of choice, divide students into trios. Ask each trio to discuss what helps them make a healthy choice and how they feel when making a healthy choice.
- Have each group choose a spokesperson and summarize main points of what they discussed to share with the whole class.