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Lesson 1: What Is Stress?


This lesson teaches about the effects of stress. After defining stress, students read two stories and identify the different physical and emotional reactions the characters may be having to particular life events. The teacher helps them link these descriptions to the idea of experiencing stress in both positive and negative ways. They listen to a list of possible events and vote whether each one would create positive or negative stress. Then they complete an activity sheet to identify physical and emotional reactions to stress.

Lesson Objectives

Students will be able to:

  1. Define stress.
  2. List physical and emotional reactions to stress.

SEL Connection

  • self-awareness

Time: 45 - 60 minutes

Healthy Behavior Outcomes

  • MEH-4: Prevent and manage emotional stress and anxiety in healthy ways.

National Health Education Standards

  • Standard 1: Comprehending Concepts
  • Performance Indicator 1.5.1: Describe the relationship between healthy behaviors and personal health.
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