Sadly, our students express so much uneasiness. Whether this is something said in the past or something happening in the future, many students constantly worry. Since teachers know it is hard for students to learn when experiencing anxiety, they teach calming strategies. Thankfully, practicing calming strategies with I am Peace allows teachers to incorporate academics into an essential social-emotional skill. Ultimately, this will enable students to manage their emotions appropriately, enjoy current events, and build relationships.
Between the book and Read Aloud Activities, students can breathe easier and enjoy life more.
I am Peace
Author Susan Verde and illustrator Peter H. Reynolds designed the perfect book to help students discover the power of mindfulness.
Throughout this story, students learn the importance of being present in the current moment. Instead of worrying about the past or wondering what is to come, it is essential to simply live in the current situation.
If students do not work on calming strategies, emotions will soar inside growing bodies. So, this reflection book allows students to learn how to focus on their feelings. Best of all, they learn calming strategies to help control worry and anxiety.
No one ever wants to feel so stressed and worried that they cannot breathe. Sadly, many of our youngest students feel this way each day. Since life can be so hard sometimes, students must learn calming strategies. They need to know how to express their emotions through speech and how to enjoy life. Thankfully, practicing calming strategies with I am Peace allows students to learn skills they can use throughout their lives!
Since teachers have so much to prepare, there is a teacher guide to outline the entire unit. Specifically, this contains all of the lesson plans needed. Additionally, it includes an introduction to help prepare students and sets the purpose for the story. Likewise, it has essential vocabulary words!
When learning how to apply calming strategies, it is crucial to have a discussion. This lets students know that everyone feels worried and anxious at times. Honestly, this is a fantastic way to build empathy and relationships! Therefore, there are higher-level thinking questions and talking points to guide students. Each question includes a page number, so teachers know exactly where to stop.
While discussion is essential to include in lessons, personal reflection is also critical. Thankfully, students have both aspects when learning about practicing calming strategies with I am Peace! There is a written response and activity sheet to help students understand how to apply calming strategies. There are even differentiated options to ensure every student knows the importance of this social skill.
Furthermore, there is hands-on craftivity! Students will love how the craft connects the story to their lives.
Teachers work hard to ensure students understand how the material taught in the classroom relates to life outside of school. Therefore, there are task cards that provide scenarios or thought-provoking questions.
There are multiple ways to use the task cards. Honestly, they work great for whole class or small group discussions. They even work perfectly for individual work time.
No Prep Resource
Teachers have to handle so much. Thankfully, the Read Aloud Activities are all no prep! Teachers just need to print the resources.
Students cannot focus on being in the present moment when their minds think about something else. This is exactly why they need help handling their emotions and anxiety. Thankfully, practicing calming strategies with I am Peace will help students feel calm, relaxed, and ready to learn!
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