Lesson plan

Mindful Animal Movement

Let's move mindfully, with focus and ease, like a frog or a gorilla! In this lesson, students will practise mindful movement and come up with their own mindful animal movements that they can then teach to a peer.
GradeSubjectView aligned standards

No standards associated with this content.

No standards associated with this content.

No standards associated with this content.

No standards associated with this content.

No standards associated with this content.

No standards associated with this content.

Which set of standards are you looking for?

Students will be able to define the term "mindful movement" and practise ways they may move with attention and care.

(10 minutes)
  • Join students together in a circle, seated in chairs.
  • Ask students to stand.
  • Explain that they will play a game called "Shake It Up."
  • Play the video "Family Fun: Kids Mindfulness Games" at 6 minutes and 32 seconds (6:32).
  • Model for students how to move in different ways to different sounds.
  • Pause at 12 minutes and 20 seconds (12:20).
  • Ask, "What did you notice? How do you feel? How did it feel to move slow? Fast?"
(15 minutes)
  • Ask, "What is mindfulness?"
  • Write their responses and the following definition on the board: "Paying attention to the present moment, on purpose, with kindness and curiosity."
  • Ask, "What is mindful movement?"
  • Write their responses and the following definition on the board: "Paying attention to the present moment, on purpose, with kindness and curiosity while moving."
  • Explain that now they will play a game called "Squat Like a Frog!" and practise mindful movement again.
  • Play the video "Family Fun: Kids Mindfulness Games" at 12 minutes and 22 seconds (12:22).
  • Jump like frogs together for the activity.
  • Ask, "How do you feel? What did you notice?"
  • Ask, "When can we practise mindful movement?"
  • Explain that any time we remember to notice how we feel in our body with kindness and curiosity (moving or sitting), we are practising mindful movement or mindfulness.
(5 minutes)
  • Review the Animals and Mindful Movement worksheet with students.
  • Model for students how to come up with animal movements while using mindfulness, focus, and ease.
(15 minutes)
  • Guide students to their work stations and have them work on the Animals and Mindful Movement worksheet which guides students through drawing their favorite animal and developing animal mindful movement poses.

Enrichment: Ask advanced students to create three mindful movement scripts or drawings for the class to practise at another time.

Support: Work one-on-one or in small groups with some students during group work and provide support when needed.

(5 minutes)
  • Walk around the room and check student comprehension during mindful movement and independent work time.
(10 minutes)
  • Ask students to bring their worksheet as they gather together in a circle.
  • Break students up into partners.
  • Tell students that they will have two minutes each to teach their partner the animal mindful movements from their worksheet.
  • Ask students to decide who would like to go first.
  • Ask students to begin.
  • Ring a chime after two minutes.
  • Have partners switch roles and begin again.
  • Ring a chime after two minutes.
  • Bring students back together in a circle.
  • Ask the class the following questions:
    • What was it like for you to teach your partner?
    • What was it like to practise mindful animal movements?
    • When can we practise mindful movement?
    • How can this help us?

Add to collection

Create new collection

Create new collection

New Collection

0