Grade 4 students explored how mental health is just as important as physical health. They took the time to focus on ‘feelings’, and discussed situations they associate with certain emotions.They identified red zone’ and ‘green zone’ feelings and learnt strategies for staying in control when in the ‘red’.
Students spent time tuning in to body language and facial expressions to help them understand feelings in more depth. An awareness of how our bodies react to certain situations, such fear or danger, allows us to respond accordingly. I wanted the students to think about what their bodies might do in certain situations. For example, sweaty palms, racing heart beat, red cheeks etc. Being aware of their emotions can help students respond constructively, so they can stay in control of a situation. Examples students said included drawing a picture to help get frustrations out, breathing slowly, playing music, talking to someone etc.
Using an iPad App called ‘Clone Camera’, students then demonstrated certain feelings through body language. They were to take photos of themselves showing different feelings through different expressions. They cloned themselves 4 times to show 4 different emotions.
They used Adobe Spark Post to enhance their ‘Clone Photos’ with text options, layouts and effects to further represent a message about ‘Minding Your Mind’.
Take a look at students being mindful of their feelings……
STUDENT PLEASE RESPOND TO THE FOLLOWING:
Watch the video ‘Kids Explain Mindfulness’ and answer the questions:
What are some strategies you can use when feeling in the ‘Red Zone’?