You Can Relax!
Next time you’re feeling nervous, stressed, or just too antsy, go to a quiet space and try these easy ideas.
Students will select details from an infographic to support a main idea.
Main Idea and Supporting Details
Main idea and supporting details, reading for information, evaluating
This article and lesson support the following standards:
Common Core anchor standards: R.1, R.2, R.7, W.2, W.3
TEKS: 3.12a, 3.16b, 3.20
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- Prompt students to use the headline, subhead, and central image to identify the topic of the infographic.
- Have students look over the labels and images surrounding the central image. Ask:
- How are they related to the central image? (They provide details about the main idea.)
- Break students into groups to read each section of the infographic and discuss what they find interesting, surprising, or convincing.
- Come back together as a class and ask volunteers to summarize the main idea and supporting details from the infographic.
- Preview the writing prompt in the Think and Write box.
- Download and distribute the guided-writing activity that goes along with the infographic.
- Have students respond to the writing prompt.
- Have students create their own infographics!
You’re probably familiar with glitter-jar projects—the process of making one and then shaking it to relieve stress has proven to work well. We love this simple but very mindful approach, which comes with lots of built-in opportunities for rich discussion.
A Breathing Exercise
This animated video walks your students through the well-documented “4-7-8” breathing exercise designed to release stress. If they learn nothing else, they’ll see how long eight seconds can feel!
Calm Down Corner
Lots of teachers have really genius ideas for creating a “calm down corner” in their classrooms. These spaces usually include a soft surface to cuddle up on, sensory distractions, and little activities. There are tons of ideas and inspirations on Pinterest!
How Do You Relax?
Start a class discussion. Ask: How do you relax? Encourage students to share strategies with one another. You can even share your own!
Make your own infographic
Have your students make their own infographics with this fun app! Our favorite library media specialists give a step-by-step tutorial on the Storyworks Ideabook.