Stressed Out

Feeling stressed out? Your middle schoolers probably are, too. An engaging activity helps them identify the biggest stressors in their lives, and to explore the most beneficial ways to manage them for a happy and well-balanced way.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use in a health class or teen issues courses
  • Include in a discussion about daily stressors and struggles
  • Have learners brainstorm their best stress management strategies for the extension activity
Classroom Considerations

  • Introductory activity requires a lot of space; clear away desks or bring the class into a multipurpose room
  • Uses venting as a way to manage stress, which may not be the most helpful tactic for all class members
  • The first lesson in a five-part unit
Pros

  • Includes a collection of teacher reference materials
  • Provides a version of the unit in Spanish
  • Helps learners identify the specific causes of their stress
Cons

  • None
Common Core