Stress: Grades 6-8

Two lessons take a close look at stress. In instructional activity one, scholars identify common stressors and examine stress management strategies. Lesson two challenges pupils to keep a stress log for four weeks to aid in their personal journey of relieving stress.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Offer additional copies of the stress log for learners to jot down their feelings for a longer period of time
  • Gather a collection of age-appropriate books related to stress, allow class members to browse them when time permits
  • Ask the school's counselor to be part of the discussion either safely in-person or remotely
Classroom Considerations
  • Stress could be a sensitive topic, establish a safe environment for peers to share their feelings without judgment
  • Refer participants that require additional support to the school counselor
Pros
  • Boosts self-awareness
  • Offers stress management techniques that can help an individual now and in the future
  • Provides extension activities as well as an assessment and its answer key
Cons
  • None