Lesson Plan

Thoughts as Bubbles

In this lesson, students will hear the story *Mind Bubbles*, practice mindful breathing (anchor breathing), and use bubbles to draw pictures of their thoughts from the mindfulness practice session.
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to identify how thoughts come and go, like bubbles, through practicing mindfulness. They will practice mindful breathing and notice how their thoughts may float away, just like bubbles!

Introduction

(15 minutes)
Thoughts as Bubbles
  • Join the class together in a circle, seated on the rug or in chairs.
  • Bring your small container of bubbles with you, but hide it from students.
  • Ask students to share some things in life that come and go. Suggest thinking about nature, things at school, etc.
  • Mention that you know of one other thing that comes and goes. Ask them if they can guess what you're thinking of.
  • Give them hints: "They are round..." (Pause.) "They are shiny... "(Pause.) "They float in the air..." (Pause.)
  • After some time, tell the students what you're thinking of: "Bubbles!"
  • Take out your bubble container.
  • Ask students to stay in their seats and to watch the bubbles as they float, then pop. If a bubble comes near them, tell them that they can pop it!
  • Explain to the class that something else that comes and goes is our thoughts.
  • Demonstrate how thoughts come and go by saying, "Oh! I just had a thought about the peanut butter and jelly sandwich I have for lunch! Oh wait, it's gone now... Oh! I just had a thought about how I cannot wait for recess! Oh wait, it's gone now..."
  • Guide the students in a mindful breathing session. Ask them to come into as much stillness as they can and to gently close their eyes (or look down at the floor).
  • Tell them to feel their breath right at their belly, noticing how their belly rises and falls as they breathe.
  • Ask students to raise their hands when they have a thought, and to gently lower their hand as the thought passes.
  • Explain to them that having many passing thoughts is totally okay and normal. Have students notice how their thoughts float up, pass, and then pop (or disappear), just like a bubble.
  • After a few minutes, have them gently open their eyes.
  • Ask students if they noticed thoughts coming and going.
  • Ask if anyone would like to to share a thought they had.