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Write, Draw, Reflect

In this lesson, students will reflect on what they have learned, connected to mindfulness and living in a caring community, and will write a letter to a future student to encourage them in their learning, as well.
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Students will be able to identify ways mindfulness and social emotional learning has supported them through the school year and write a letter to support a future student with learning these skills.

(15 minutes)
  • Place posters up around the classroom.
  • Join students together in a circle, sitting or standing.
  • Explain to them that there are posters up around the classroom with questions on them.
  • Explain that they will each be given a stack of sticky notes to answer the question and place their answer on the poster.
  • Explain that they do not have to write their name and that they will move to each poster and question.
  • Go around and read each question aloud.
  • Tell students that you will ring a chime after about 10 minutes, which should hopefully be enough time for everyone to answer all the questions.
  • Ask if anyone has any questions.
  • Pass out sticky notes.
  • Ask students to go to a poster to begin.
  • Optional: Play soft calming music, such as "Relaxation for Children" while students move through the posters.
  • RIng the chime after 10 minutes.
  • Ask students to stay where they are at each poster.
  • Ask students to share with each other what they answered for that particular poster question.
  • Ask one student at each poster to read the question out loud and to then read a number of classroom answers.
  • Join students together in a circle again.
(10 minutes)
  • Explain that today the class will continue to reflect on ways they have grown this year, through mindfulness and community-building lessons.
  • Show the students a bulletin board where you have set aside space for classroom reflections on mindfulness and community learning.
  • Explain that they will be bringing pictures and words to fill the space to inform others what they have learned about mindfulness and living in a community.
  • Ask, "What kind of pictures and words do you think we may see up here?"
  • Pass out index cards and have students draw a picture or write words connected to what they have learned about mindfulness and caring for our community.
  • Explain that they will be sharing and posting these at the end of the lesson.
(5 minutes)
  • Review the Letter to Future Students worksheet with students.
  • Explain that their letters will be given to incoming students next year.
  • Model writing a sample letter to a future student.
  • Dismiss students to work independently.
(15 minutes)
  • Circle around the room and check in with as many students as possible to answer any questions and provide support when needed.

Enrichment: Ask advanced students to make a video that encourages and supports new incoming students with mindfulness and community-building skills.

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

(5 minutes)
  • Walk around the room and check student comprehension of the assignment. Connect with as many students as possible to see what they are writing to a future student about what they now know about mindfulness.
  • Collect letters and review any videos completed as part of the optional enrichment activity.
(10 minutes)
  • Bring students back together in a circle.
  • Ask, "What was it like writing a letter to future students?"
  • Ask students to bring their pictures and words for the bulletin board up to you at the front of the room.
  • Post these on the bulletin board after each student reads or presents their work.
  • Ask students to turn to a partner to read the letter they wrote to a future student.
  • Ask if anyone would like to read their letter for the class.
  • Explain that you will be giving their letters to students in the beginning of the next school year for encouragement and support.
  • Tell them how much you appreciate them and their work!

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