These activities will allow students to experience and share a range of sequential nature-based mindfulness practices. Each practice is 2 minute and has been designed to ‘punctuate’ the day to allow for present moment focus with awareness of students’ connection to nature. Each activity is designed to connect students to natural alignment with a focus on awareness of posture, breathing, relaxation and returning body to balance. The mind is then prepared for effective engagement and focus in class. Nature metaphors and references are imbued in these practices.
- To create enhanced focus, emotional regulation, empathy and happiness through connection with nature.
- To cultivate present moment awareness so that calm, considered and conscious choices can begin to replace impulsive, unconscious reactions.
- To provide hands-on direct contact with the natural world.
Lesson guides and printables
Australian Curriculum content descriptions:
Year 7 & 8 Health and Physical Education:
- Plan and use health practices, behaviours and resources to enhance the health, safety and wellbeing of their communities (ACPPS077)
- Plan and implement strategies for connecting to natural and built environments to promote the health and wellbeing of their communities (ACPPS078)
Year 9 & 10 Health and Physical Education:
- Plan and evaluate new and creative interventions that promote their own and others’ connection to community and natural and built environments (ACPPS097)
Syllabus Outcomes: PDHPE4.6, PDHPE4.7, PDHPE4.8, PDHPE4.9, PDHPE4.14, PDHPE5.9, PDHPE5.14.
Time required: 2 minutes for each activity – these activities have been designed to ‘punctuate’ the day. You can use them before class, during class or at the end of your class.
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – lead students in mindfulness activities.
- Nature of Mindfulness Guided Meditation 1, Calm music (if desired) such as Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, Saint-Saens’ Aquarium, Ken Davis’ Early Morning in the Rain Forest, etc.
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