Stress Management Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Use this lesson plan to teach your elementary students about stress and ways they can cope. Students will read a text lesson explaining sources of stress and methods of coping, then make a plan for handling their own stress.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to do the following:

  • define stress
  • explain sources of stress
  • discuss methods of, and plan for, coping with stress


1 - 1.5 hours


Key Vocabulary

  • Stress
  • Trigger
  • Visualize

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.3

Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.4

Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words or phrases in a text relevant to a grade 4 topic or subject area.

Warm Up and Preparation

  • Write the question on the board 'Can kids feel stress?'
  • Ask students to journal their answers to the question for five minutes.
  • Now divide students into small groups and have them share their writing.
  • Discuss as a class, sharing student answers and allowing students to share experiences.


  • Distribute the lesson Stress Management: Lesson for Kids and read the first section 'Too Much Homework' with students.
  • Define 'stress' and ask the following:
    • Why do kids experience stress?
    • How does stress make you feel?
  • Read the section 'Stay Away from Stress' together.
  • Ask students to list their stress triggers in their notebooks. Then divide students into groups and ask them to discuss what they wrote.
  • Share lists as a whole class and notice similarities.
  • Next read the sections 'Calm Your Mind,' 'Relax Your Body' and 'Talk to an Adult.'
  • Ask students to take another look at their list of triggers and make an 'I can…' statement after each to tell how they can deal with the stress. Complete a model together as a class, telling your own stressor, such as grading papers. Write 'grading papers' as a trigger and the statement 'I can drink warm tea while I grade papers' as a way to deal with stress.
  • As students work, walk around to offer suggestions and guidance.
  • Send students back to their small groups and have them share their 'I can' statements.
  • Read the 'Lesson Summary' together and take the quiz to check understanding.

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