Overview & Integration

Core 4:



2E: Teaches participants to make responsible choices and encourages positive outcomes

CASEL Competencies:

Self-Management, Self-Awareness, & Responsible Decision Making

6DQ: Engagement in Learning

Climate: Managing the classroom in a way that is consistent with focused and productive work in the discipline


Life can sometimes feel very busy and overwhelming. With school, sports, homework, friends, chores and more, we can all feel stretched and tired from time to time. It is important that when we feel stressed and overwhelmed, we calm ourselves and stay focused on the present. We can use deep belly breathing and mindfulness activities to calm our brains and help us cope with all the stress better. Take some time this week to slow down, breathe deep and calm your body and mind. Notice changes in your body and feelings and share what you learn with others.

Reflection Questions

  • What are some things that make you feel stressed? Why? 
  • What are some things you can do when you are feeling stressed and overwhelmed? 
  • Share about a time this week when you were stressed. What did you do to calm yourself? 
  • How can you help others when they are feeling overwhelmed or stressed? 
  • How can you calm yourself when taking a test or trying a difficult task?

Arts/Crafts Reflection Questions

  • How can you use art to calm yourself? 
  • What about art makes you feel most calm? Is there a specific type of art that feels the most calming? 
  • How did you feel during today’s activity? 
  • When you are feeling frustrated or overwhelmed during art, what can you do to calm down? 
  • How can you help others calm themselves during activities?

Games/Physical Activity Reflection Questions

  • Why is it important to remain calm during games? 
  • When is it difficult to remain calm during a game?
  • What can you do when you feel overwhelmed, stressed or frustrated during a game? 
  • What are some calming techniques you could use before, during and after a game? 
  • How can you help teammates calm when they are feeling stressed?