YOUR STUDENTS WILL LOVE OUR STRESS MANAGEMENT LESSON
Teach your students about the brain and stress response with this trauma-informed, social emotional learning lesson. Help children better understand the roles that their Thoughtful Turtle brain (prefrontal cortex) and Protective Porcupine brain (amygdala) play when we experience stress and big emotions. Moreover, this lesson will empower them with calming tools and emotion regulation tips. Best of all, this social emotional learning lesson will also help you to reinforce compassionate classroom management.
Your students will have tons fun watching the animated video and/or listening to the printable book! So much so, that they won’t even realize just how much they are learning. Moreover, the Thoughtful Turtle and Protective Porcupine characters make this lesson easily relatable and developmentally appropriate for young people. The worksheets help students determine what is stressful to them. In addition, there are activities that invite them to think about what coping skills they can use when they feel stress. By the end of this lesson, your students will have a much better understanding why they react certain ways to stress and even better, how to deal with it.
STRESS RESPONSE TOPICS COVERED
Your students will learn about about common stressors that impact children, the Fight-Flight-Freeze Response, and emotion regulation coping tools. Additionally, they will learn about the different physical sensations and roles that the prefrontal cortex (PFC) and amygdala play. For instance, that the PFC is the thoughtful part of your brain. And it helps you to make smart choices and think before you act, set goals and make plans, find solutions, understand emotions, treat others and yourself with kindness, and self-regulate. On the other hand, the amygdala is the protective part of your brain. And it watches out for anything that might harm you, tries to protect you and keep you safe, and gets your body ready to fight, flee, or freeze.
This fun stress management lesson goes great with our Calm Kids Activity Book Personalized Calm Corner Kits. And be sure to check out our free Fight, Flight, and Freeze Reference Poster, too!