Meditation Lesson Plan

Instructor: Josh Corbat

Josh has taught Earth Science and Physical Science at the High School level and holds a Master of Education degree from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Use this lesson plan to introduce meditation and hypnosis to your students. Students will watch a video lesson, read a text lesson, discuss various aspects of meditation, and try out meditation techniques throughout the lesson.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define meditation and hypnosis
  • acknowledge the wide variety of meditation techniques
  • describe the potential benefits of meditation

Length

30-60 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.9-10.1.A

Come to discussions prepared, having read and researched material under study; explicitly draw on that preparation by referring to evidence from texts and other research on the topic or issue to stimulate a thoughtful, well-reasoned exchange of ideas.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.9-10.1.C

Propel conversations by posing and responding to questions that relate the current discussion to broader themes or larger ideas; actively incorporate others into the discussion; and clarify, verify, or challenge ideas and conclusions.

Instructions

  • To introduce the topic, ask students the following questions and discuss openly as a class:
    • Do you know anyone who does meditation? Friends? Parents? Mentors?
    • Why do they meditate?
  • Now, distribute the text lesson Meditation: Definition, Techniques & Benefits.
  • Read aloud the introduction and first section (stopping at Meditation Techniques). Discuss as a class what meditation is and what the character in the story uses it for.
  • Next, have students read the Meditation Techniques section. When everyone is finished, dim the lights and have students spend a few minutes trying the first three techniques:
    • Focus on your breath.
    • Focus on your inner experiences.
    • Focus on an object.
  • Ask for volunteers to report on how successful each of the techniques was for them. Allow students to respond with suggestions for improvement. (NOTE: Since the techniques may be difficult to do in a classroom, suggest that students also to try them at home.)
  • Instruct students to read the Meditation Benefits section and lesson summary. Have students demonstrate their knowledge of meditation by taking the Meditation: Definition, Techniques & Benefits quiz.
  • Now, ease students into the next phase of learning by dimming the lights and playing the video lesson Hypnosis and Meditation. This particular video lesson is calming, slow-paced, and relaxing. Allow students to sit and watch, following along with the narrator's instructions.

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