Wellness & Safety Teacher Resources

Find balance in your life and encourage your class to do the same with our comprehensive set of instructional ideas and activities on wellness and mind/body well-being. Understanding the mind-body connection is key to a person’s successful development. Help young learners focus on every aspect of their personal health, whether it’s mental, emotional, physical, social, or spiritual health, with Lesson Planet’s teacher-curated resources.

First, introduce class members to the idea of whole-body health with elementarymiddle school, and high school lessons on wellness. For younger learners, a short video helps them understand how to stay healthy, and older students can watch a video on Gilbert Ryle’s The Concept of Mind about the ways emotions can affect behavior.

The negative consequences of how mental and emotional health can affect physical health can be dire. Discuss the risk factors for drug addiction with a series of case studies, and follow up with a lesson on the ways to recover from addiction to prescription or other drugs.

Maintaining learners’ self-esteem can be tricky amidst puberty, peer pressure, and daily stress. Help them reflect on their self-worth with a workbook on several challenging situations, and a lesson that focuses on keeping a healthy body image. When discussing lifestyle changes, use a resource that examines how small daily improvements can contribute to long-term success.

Students need all the support they can get when it comes to their mental and emotional health. It’s your job to help support them—and it’s our job to support you and your curriculum needs.

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Self Esteem Matters

For Teachers 3rd - 8th Standards
As teachers we do not just teach what can be found in the standards; we teach our children how to be amazing human beings. Part of being amazing is realizing one's talents and having the confidence to showcase them for the world to see....
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Random Acts of Kindness: Coping With Stress

For Teachers 7th Standards
Middle school is a stressful time in many adolescents' lives. Teach them healthy coping skills and ways to identify, decrease, and balance the stressors in their lives with a series of engaging lessons.
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From Child to Adult

For Teachers 8th
There's no question that the middle schoolers in your class are going through a myriad of transitions. Adolescence brings changes in self esteem, relationships, anatomy, and emotions. Additionally, they will face additional challenges...
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Toward a New Understanding of Mental Illness

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
We know that as a result of early detection and intervention, we are able to make great strides in treating common diseases; however, this is not yet the case in the realm of mental illness. Explore this query with your class and touch...
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The Health Triangle

For Teachers 6th - 12th
What else does physical health include besides exercise and nutrition? How can I support my mental health? Does social health just refer to relationships with friends? How are all of these questions vital to the body's overall efficiency...
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Mental Health Lesson Plans

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
According to the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC), the stigma of mental illness is often worse than the actual disorder. With the lesson plans, pupils discover the myths and stereotypes associated with mental health disorders....
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My Life—My Mental Health

For Students 6th - 8th
Between peer pressure, an onslaught of hormones, and brand new responsibilities, the teenage years can be emotionally volatile. Equip young adults with coping mechanisms and a safe place to discuss their feelings with a guided lesson...
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Mental Health Awareness Project

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Here is a thoughtful group assignment for researching mental health disorders. Team members focus on a different aspect of a chosen disorder: symptoms, treatments, and community resources.
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Helping Adolescents Deal with Peer Pressure

For Teachers 12th
Designed by a mental health center, this presentation is meant to educate educators how to help teens face peer pressure. Tips are provided for identifying at-risk youth and bullying situations. This would be a poignant topic to include...
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World Mental Health Day

For Students 5th - 10th
In this World Mental Health Day activity, students complete activities such as reading a passage, matching phrases, fill in the blanks, choose the correct word, multiple choice, unscramble the words, sequencing, unscramble the sentences,...
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Mental Illness: Could It Happen to Me?

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Young scholars investigate the effects of depression and the brain's influence on metal illness. The factors that may affect a person's ability to develop depression are examined in this lesson plan.
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Too Large to be a Lunatic Asylum: South Carolina’s Mental Health

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders examine the history of South Carolina's mental institutions. In this South Carolina history lesson, 8th graders discover details about asylums built in the state in the 1800's. Students analyze primary sources about mental...
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Health Triangle Self Assessment

For Students 7th - 12th
Measure health as a triangle, with each side representing different aspects of health: physical, emotional/mental, and social. High schoolers complete a self-assessment of their health in all three areas before scoring their progress and...
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Striking Out Stress- A "Gallery Walk" Activity

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students discuss ways to cope with stressful situations. In this mental health lesson, students identify stressful situations and how they would respond to them. Students discuss their feelings.
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Foundations of Wellness

For Teachers K - 2nd Standards
You may be physically healthy, but what about mentally and emotionally? How is your social health? Kindergartners and first and second graders learn about the importance of maintaining their health in all aspects of their lives with a...
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Set Your Mind, Set Your Goals

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Becoming a woman can be overwhelming for girls. An educational resource assists female learners in setting goals for their reproductive choices, physical health, and emotional and mental well-being.
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Mental Health 3: Mental Health Through Literature

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine the impact and portrayal of mental illness in literature. They develop thier ideas about mental health through the arts in this the third lesson on mental health.
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"Cures" Chart

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students chart the "cures" for people with disabilities. In this disabilities lesson, students compare and contrast the care and treatment of people with disabilities in the past and present. Students write accurate summaries presented...
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Figuring Out Mental Health

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students discuss why mental health is important. In this health science lesson, students decide whether a given scenario shows a positive or negative state of mind. They write their reflection in the Health Journals.
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My Mental Health

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Pupils define mental health and complete a worksheet about themselves.  In this mental health lesson plan, students evaluate themselves as they score their worksheet.  Pupils discuss critical thinking questions about their responses.
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2018 AP® Psychology Free-Response Questions

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
What mental health conditions could affect a student's performance while auditioning for a play? How do stress levels correlate with student absences? Scholars examine case studies to learn more about the mind and mental health or to...
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I Spy

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders examine the mental, physical, and social dimensions of their health. They discuss and list examples of each component of health on a worksheet, and list ways that they give attention to each aspect of their health on a...
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Exploring Self-Esteem 1: What Is Self-Esteem?

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Adolescents explore self-esteem and the various factors that influence a person's sense of self in this four-part lesson series. Through a combination of whole class instruction, small group discussions, and independent work, students...
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Feelings Are Very Important

For Teachers 1st - 6th
Here are some ways you can help your students understand and cope with their feelings. This presentation provides ways to deal with anger and sadness through calm times, self talk, daily affirmations, and replacement thoughts. Note: This...