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Relaxation Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

What is relaxation and what can be done to elicit it? This lesson plan uses an engaging video lesson to outline key facts about relaxation. An activity provides opportunities for students to demonstrate what they've learned.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to do the following:

  • define 'relaxation'
  • discuss the role of stress in relaxation
  • list and describe several specific methods for relaxation


60 to 90 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; trace the text's explanation or depiction of a complex process, phenomenon, or concept; provide an accurate summary of the text.


Follow precisely a complex multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks, attending to special cases or exceptions defined in the text.


Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 9-10 texts and topics.


Analyze the structure of the relationships among concepts in a text, including relationships among key terms (e.g., force, friction, reaction force, energy).


Compare and contrast findings presented in a text to those from other sources (including their own experiments), noting when the findings support or contradict previous explanations or accounts.


  • A worksheet created using the quiz from the associated video lesson
  • Assorted stress scenarios (e.g., Tony is caring for two toddlers and an elderly parent while working two full-time jobs. He has been having trouble sleeping and frequently feels that his world is falling apart. How can Tony relax?, and so on).

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