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Tools for Resilience

Mindfulness, healthy eating, and regular exercise are all tools for resilience. In this lesson, students will learn about tools that can help them to build greater resilience and ease in their lives.
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Students will be able to define the word "resilience" and discuss and research tools that build resilience.

(15 minutes)
  • Join students together in a circle, either seated or standing.
  • Explain that today the class will be discussing tools for resilience.
  • Explain that they will participate in an activity in which they will walk around the room to music. When the music stops, they will stop and partner up with one other person closest to them to answer a question.
  • Start the music and instruct the students to walk around the room.
  • Pause the music and instruct the students to stop and find a partner.
  • Ask the question, "What does the word resilience mean to you?"
  • Give partners 2–3 minutes to share.
  • Restart the music and ask the students to walk around the room again.
  • Pause the music and instruct the students to stop and find a new partner.
  • Ask the question, "Who is one person who has displayed resilience in your life? How have they displayed resilience?"
  • Give partners 2–3 minutes to share.
  • Have the students to walk around the room to music again.
  • Pause the music and ask the students to stop and find a new partner.
  • Ask the question, "What are things that can be done to build resilience and relief from stress?"
  • Give partners 2–3 minutes to share.
  • Have the students to walk around the room to music again.
  • Pause the music and ask the students to stop and find a new partner.
  • Ask the question, "Do you think exercise and healthy eating play a role in feeling more calm? If so, how?"
  • Give partners 2–3 minutes to share.
  • Bring the class back together in a circle.
  • Ask, "What are some things that stood out for you in your sharings and discussion?"
(15 minutes)
  • Explain and write on the board: "ResilienceIs about increasing the awareness of how we can strengthen our ability to manage stress in healthy and effective ways."
  • Ask, "What are some things you do to build resilience and to feel more calm and at ease?"
  • Explain that they will be researching ways to increase resilience for themselves.
(5 minutes)
  • Explain to the class that research has proven that when we practise mindfulness, eat healthy, and exercise, we can build greater resilience for ourselves.
  • Review the Poster: Tools for Resilience worksheet with them.
  • Show them the "Resilience" class poster.
  • Explain that each person will be called to the front of the room to glue their design from their worksheet onto the class poster to illustrate tools for resilience.
(20 minutes)
  • Dismiss students back to their seats to work independently. Check to see if there are any questions and provide support as needed.

Enrichment: Ask advanced students to write a story about someone who uses tools for resilience to manage stress and stay healthy.

Support: Work one-on-one or in small groups with some students who may need extra support during independent work time.

(5 minutes)
  • Walk around the room and check student comprehension of resilience during independent work time.
  • Collect the first two pages of the Poster: Tools for Resilience worksheets to check comprehension.
(5 minutes)
  • Bring students back together in a circle.
  • Show the class the class resilience poster.
  • Ask student volunteers to share out and read some of the tips from the poster.
  • Ask, "What are some takeaways from today?"
  • Guide students to become still and to feel a few deep breaths.
  • Remind them that the poster will be up to help them to remember mindfulness and all of the many tools that build resilience.

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