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

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

Welcome 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

Media: Video – 


  • Watch the video and answer the following questions:
  • What body systems are impacted by stress?
  • How does stress affect you?
  • How can mindfulness reduce the negative impact of stress?
  • 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

Media: Video –


  • Watch this short video carefully and take notes on the change possible in the brain’s gray matter.
  • 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.

Join us tomorrow for more lessons about mindfulness and developing self-awareness.