Write, Draw, Reflect
Students will be able to identify ways mindfulness and social emotional learning has supported them through the school year and write a letter to support a future student with learning these skills.
- Place posters up around the classroom.
- Join students together in a circle, sitting or standing.
- Explain to them that there are posters up around the classroom with questions on them.
- Explain that they will each be given a stack of sticky notes to answer the question and place their answer on the poster.
- Explain that they do not have to write their name and that they will move to each poster and question.
- Go around and read each question aloud.
- Tell students that you will ring a chime after about 10 minutes, which should hopefully be enough time for everyone to answer all the questions.
- Ask if anyone has any questions.
- Pass out sticky notes.
- Ask students to go to a poster to begin.
- Optional: Play soft calming music, such as "Relaxation for Children" while students move through the posters.
- RIng the chime after 10 minutes.
- Ask students to stay where they are at each poster.
- Ask students to share with each other what they answered for that particular poster question.
- Ask one student at each poster to read the question out loud and to then read a number of classroom answers.
- Join students together in a circle again.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher modeling(10 minutes)
- Explain that today the class will continue to reflect on ways they have grown this year, through mindfulness and community-building lessons.
- Show the students a bulletin board where you have set aside space for classroom reflections on mindfulness and community learning.
- Explain that they will be bringing pictures and words to fill the space to inform others what they have learned about mindfulness and living in a community.
- Ask, "What kind of pictures and words do you think we may see up here?"
- Pass out index cards and have students draw a picture or write words connected to what they have learned about mindfulness and caring for our community.
- Explain that they will be sharing and posting these at the end of the lesson.
Guided Practice(5 minutes)
- Review the Letter to Future Students worksheet with students.
- Explain that their letters will be given to incoming students next year.
- Model writing a sample letter to a future student.
- Dismiss students to work independently.
Independent working time(15 minutes)
- Circle around the room and check in with as many students as possible to answer any questions and provide support when needed.
Enrichment: Ask advanced students to make a video that encourages and supports new incoming students with mindfulness and community-building skills.
Support: Work one-on-one or in small groups with some students during group work time and provide support when needed.
- Walk around the room and check student comprehension of the assignment. Connect with as many students as possible to see what they are writing to a future student about what they now know about mindfulness.
- Collect letters and review any videos completed as part of the optional enrichment activity.
Review and closing(10 minutes)
- Bring students back together in a circle.
- Ask, "What was it like writing a letter to future students?"
- Ask students to bring their pictures and words for the bulletin board up to you at the front of the room.
- Post these on the bulletin board after each student reads or presents their work.
- Ask students to turn to a partner to read the letter they wrote to a future student.
- Ask if anyone would like to read their letter for the class.
- Explain that you will be giving their letters to students in the beginning of the next school year for encouragement and support.
- Tell them how much you appreciate them and their work!