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Happy, Healthy Minds - Lesson Plan Bundle (4 Lesson Plans)

Happy, Healthy Minds - Lesson Plan Bundle (4 Lesson Plans)

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We are our best selves when our brains and bodies are working together to stay healthy. In order to keep our brains and bodies healthy it is important that we understand our emotions, use positive self-talk, know how to handle worries and identify things that make us feel happy and loved.

Grade Level: K - 2

Lesson Plan Durations: 30 mins each


  • Lesson Plan 1: Exploring Emotions
  • Lesson Plan 2: Be Kind to Your Mind
  • Lesson Plan 3: What to do with Worry
  • Lesson Plan 4: What Makes Your Heart Happy?

Learning outcomes:

It is expected that students will: 

  • Recognize emotions on other people’s faces
  • Identify times when they’ve experienced different emotions
  • Represent various emotions with face drawings
  • Make connections between how it feels to be spoken to kindly vs unkindly
  • Develop an understanding of what a positive affirmation is
  • Identify some kind things that they can say to themselves to keep their minds healthy and happy
  • Learn some new breathing techniques to calm their bodies
  • Identify one thing that causes them to worry
  • Identify one strategy they can use to calm a worry
  • Recognize that there are different ways to give and receive love
  • Understand that not everyone likes the same things
  • Identify 2-3 things that help them to feel loved

Bundle includes: 

  • All Happy, Healthy Minds lesson plans and accompanying printable material

Required materials (not included):

Exploring Emotions

  • The Way I Feel by Janan Cain
  • Aluminum foil pie plates (one per student)
  • Sand or shaving cream
  • Cut out faces from magazines (Optional)
  • Poster paper for collages (Optional)
  • The Colour Monster by Anna Llenas (Optional)

Be Kind to Your Mind

  • Red and green apple (see instructions below)
  • Knife and cutting board
  • Screen & speakers for viewing video
  • String and letter beads for bracelets (Optional)
  • Mirror (Optional)

What to do with Worry

  • Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes
  • or Ruby Finds a Worry by Tom Percival
  • Construction paper
  • White glue and sprinkles (Optional)
  • Optional materials for extension activities:
    • Glitter Glue, Food Coloring and Hot Water
    • Mason Jars
    • Coloured clay

What Makes Your Heart Happy?

  • Don't Hug Doug: (He Doesn't Like It) by Carrie Finison
  • Large piece of poster paper cut into a heart shape

NB: Purchase includes access to downloadable resources for 6 months.

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