Daily SEL Lesson – Self-Awareness Through Mindfulness 4/20

elcome to the CLS Daily SEL lesson. Each day, Monday through Friday, we will provide a new social-emotional learning lesson designed to build emotional intelligence and resilience. There will be a lesson for elementary students and a lesson for secondary students that include media (videos, audios, or text) and simple step-by-step instructions.

We hope that the lessons are helpful to you and your children.

Weekly Focus: Self-Awareness

Elementary Lesson – The Brain And Stress


  1. Watch the video and answer the following questions:
  2. What body systems are impacted by stress?
  3. How does stress affect you?
  4. How can mindfulness reduce the negative impact of stress?
  5. Write a short story about a time when stress overwhelmed your emotions and what you can do to reduce the feeling of overwhelm in the future.

Secondary Lesson – Dan Harris and Mindfulness


  1. Watch this short video carefully and take notes on the change possible in the brain’s gray matter.
  2. Watch the video again and devise an “elevator speech” on the benefits of Mindfulness. You can be funny, serious, but always factual (like Dan). An “elevator speech” is a one-minute description…something you could teach in a super short amount of time to someone who has never heard of your topic before. As you probably know, mindfulness is a new idea to many people.