Lesson Plan

The Way I Act

In this lesson, students will hear the story "The Way I Act" and complete two activities connected to the story. They will practice mindful breathing and explore how to have more control over their bodies, behaviors, emotions, and choices.
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to utilize mindful breathing to slow down and consider how they can make healthy choices.


(10 minutes)
The Way I Act
  • 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.