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Second graders identify coping skills during times of stress. In this mental health lesson, 2nd graders read the story, Stressed Out Sally and brainstorm events that produce stress. Students rewrite a different version of the story including the coping skills that were discussed.
Seventh graders are read the story "EMS Code Blue" and asked to share what they would do in the different situations. As a class, they discuss the importance of getting help for mental or social problems and are given a list of resources to contact. To end the lesson, they role-play in various scenerios to know how to respond.
Students examine the challenges a single teenage parent faces. In groups, they research ways to positively cope with an unplanned pregnancy and design their own layette for their new baby. As a class, they discuss what it means to be responsible and role-play in different scenarios. To end the instructional activity, they write down their goals, not only for themselves, but also for their baby.
Second graders determine stressors in their life and how to cope with them. In this stress management lesson, 2nd graders define stress and stressors and give examples. They watch a power point presentation about stress management and as a class they discuss coping skills and physical reactions to stress. Students write down three coping skills they use, share something that makes them feel stressed and construct homemade books.
Students explore different types of stress and how to cope with different types of anxiety. In this how to deal with stress lesson, students watch videos about recent terrorist attacks on school grounds, and research and demonstrate their understanding of coping skills. Students meet with experts to discuss how these types of attacks would effect people and communities.
Students to rate themselves on a scale from 1 to 10 (10 being the happiest) as to how happy they feel and write their rating on a sheet of paper. They explore gelotology (the science of laughter) and its benefits to our social, mental, and physical well-being then read articles on laughter.
Students investigate the effect good sleep and rest has on the human body. In this health lesson, students discover the different stages of sleep and discuss ways they can ease their own tension through exercise or meditation. Students define the health terms depression and anxiety.