Using 5-5-5 Breathing to Calm Down

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Scholars calm their minds and bodies with a 5-5-5 breathing exercise. Learners breathe in for five seconds, out for five seconds, then wait five seconds to start again. The exercise takes one minute to complete. 

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Instructional Ideas
  • Incorporate the breathing exercise as part of reoccurring brain breaks throughout the day
  • When applicable, allow class members to lay down and practice their breathing, have them place their hands on their stomach to feel it fill with air like a balloon 
  • Create an anchor chart with the breathing techniques' process, direct pupils to look at the chart and breathe when they become frustrated, angered, or unfocused 
Classroom Considerations
  • Consider those with underlying conditions that may make the exercise more challenging 
  • The exercise can be easily printed
  • It comes with links for related units, resources, and books
  • Social and emotional learning provides tools beneficial to all participants now in the future 
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