This webpage is designed for parents to discuss together with your students the topic of Resilience. Resilience is an important topic for students to learn. When we are able to bounce back from difficult times and situations, we show that we have resilience. These activities are optional and easy to do and are designed to provide strategies to help facilitate resilience.
Mrs. Profito and Miss. Megan
Resilience Strategies and Activities
Kindergarten to Second Grade
“My happy cloud is where I float
I float like a boat
What makes me happy...
I can say it aloud.
Jump aboard my happy cloud.” - Anonymous
Students will gain self-awareness by determining what makes them happy.
- One a blank sheet of paper, draw a cloud outlined in a color of your choice, a rainbow and a sun. The three objects should be all in a row.
- In the cloud, have your student choose a feeling word: mad, angry, sad, frustrated or confused.
- In the rainbow, the student will describe what they can do while feeling the “feeling word” in the cloud. Example, Cloud: angry -> Rainbow: Take three deep breaths, read a book, talk a walk with a trusted adult, march in place -> Sun: Draw how they feel after talking about their feelings
- Discuss with your student why it is important to talk to a trusted adult about your feelings.
Third Grade to Fifth Grade
“When your brain slows down,
And it is hard to focus,
Refresh and energize your body.
Now you’re ready to work…
Hocus Pocus.” - Anonymous
Students will learn to take effective breaks to help energize their bodies.
- When should one take “Energize Breaks”?
- When body is feeling sluggish
- When we are feeling overwhelmed or frustrated
- When one may need a creative “break”
- What are “Energize Breaks?”
- A walk with a trusted adult
- Take a shower
- Tidy up
- Text a friend
- Eat a healthy snack
- What should you avoid when you need a “Energized Break”?
- Avoid eating unhealthy snacks such as candy and “junk” food
- Taking a nap longer than 20 minutes
- Playing videos games, surfing the web or watching videos
- Excessive caffeine like coffee, soda and energy drinks
- List and discuss three “energized breaks” to do when your brain and body need a break”
Sixth to Eighth Grade
“Feeling your mind with comfort and calm, brings peace and contentment.” - Anonymous
Students will learning coping strategies that will help them become more resilient.
- Imagine you are holding each end of a broken rubber band in your hand
- While stretching the band, you let one end go
- What happens to the rubber band?
- The rubber band bounces back to the original shape
- Can you think of a time when you need to use coping strategies?
- Coping Strategies:
- When struggling to stay calm, do:
- Vacation for the mind
- Imagine your favorite vacation spot is the beach:
- Smell air, taste the fresh fruit, feel the cool water on your skin
- Imagine you enjoy hiking in the mountains:
- Feel the wind on your skin, smell the crispness of the air, hear the crackling of the leaves and grass under your boots
- Play the animal name game
- Name animals in alphabetical order
- For example: Alligator, bear, cat, dog, etc.
- Drink water with a purpose
- While drinking a glass of water, think about how the water feels on your lips, tastes in your mouth, sounds the water makes going down your throat.
Activity for 6th through 8th grade was adapted from Women’s and Children’s Network.