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Meditation

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Topic: Meditation

Learning Outcomes

Show the positive impact of meditation on our health and well-being.

 

Introduction

Show the class the YouTube clip One Moment Meditation. How to Meditate in a Moment. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6eFFCi12v8

Discuss why the character may have benefited from his one moment meditation.

Development

Ask students to close eyes in preparation for our meditation (alternatively pass out eye masks).

Gently lead a guided meditation (length to be determined by teacher). Suggested script:

Take a moment to acknowledge your body and to notice how it is feeling. Notice how you are sitting and the flow of the rhythm of your breath. Do not change the rhythm or try and slow it down. Remember that you are breathing with your whole self: from the crown of your head to the soles of your feet, from the tips of your fingers on your left hand to the tips of your fingers on your right hand.

All is well, all is calm.

Concentrate first on inhalation- the in breath. The in breath is always healing, nurturing and life giving. Now begin counting by mentally counting the numbers one, two, three just before every inhalation.

one (inhale exhale)

two (inhale exhale) etc, try to get to number ten. If you get distracted or lose your place do not worry, just gently return to number one as often as you have to.

After you get to ten in breaths take a moment to notice how you are feeling. Observe the rhythm of your breath and stop counting.

Smile deeply, well done.

 

Plenary

Lead a class discussion on how this meditation made us feel. What do we think the benefits might be if we were to complete this each day.

 

Other Resources for teaching this topic

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6eFFCi12v8

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Topic: Meditation

Learning Outcomes

Children will learn about meditation.  They will engage in a meditation. They will discuss how the felt before and after the meditation.

 

 

Introduction

Did anyone every meditate? What is meditation?

Why would you do it?

Teacher: oral brainstorm with children or mind map on the whiteboard.

Development

Thank you for sharing your information and experiences about meditation.  Now, we are all going to participate in a mediation but before we do that please write on a piece of paper how you feel.

Link to one minute meditation:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iTrl2yxO79g

 

 

 

Plenary

How do feel after the meditation, write it on the other side of your piece of paper. Would anyone like to share with us, how they feel now?

Thank you for taking part in the meditation. It takes practice to become more comfortable with meditation. It is a good habit.

 

 

Other Resources for teaching this topic

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iTrl2yxO79g

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Topic: meditation

Learning Outcomes

  • Develop his/ her meditative spirit through the provision of opportunities for silence and reflection.

     

     

    Introduction

    • Explain to the children what will take place during the lesson and why we are doing the lesson.
    • Bring the children to the sensory room and allow them to select a beanbag or mat for the duration of the lesson.
    • Show visuals to the children demonstrating how they can lie down on the beanbags/ mats.
    • Explain to the children that there will be a lady speaking on the CD along with the calming music.

    Development

    • Teacher will begin playing a track from the CD “Enchanted Meditations for Kids” by Christiane Kerr or “Mediation and Relaxation for Kids” by Dr. Elizabeth Scott.
    • Remind the children to still their bodies and close their eyes.

    If any child begins to become agitated an SNA will be able to remove them from the room and take them on a movement break outside to the green nature area. (autism specific)

    Plenary

    – To finish off the lesson allow the children to complete 2 mindful movement exercises following the clip Mindful Movement for Young Learners on You Tube (2.39 mins – 3.50 mins) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5aEI8lb7coY

    If any child would like to remain lying down for an extra couple of minutes allow them to do so.

     

    Other Resources for teaching this topic

    You Tube link Mindful Movement for Young Learners https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5aEI8lb7coY

    This lesson was written by teachers of children with ASD but can be easily adapted to suit any class level.

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    Buddhism

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    Topic: Buddhism

    Learning Outcomes

    1. That the child should be enabled to: recall facts associated to the Buddhist belief system.
    2. That the child should be enabled to: identify the symbols of Buddhism.
    3. That the child should be enabled to: explore Buddhist artefacts.

     

    Introduction

    • Teacher will display images of 3 of the main symbols associated to Buddhism on IWB (wheel/lotus flower/Buddha Statue).
    • Teacher will illicit prior knowledge of Buddhism and the artefacts that will be displayed at the top of the room.
    • WALT written on WB – Identify Buddhist artefacts.

    Development

    • Teacher will read some interesting facts about Buddhism and engage the class in discussion based on these facts. Children will be encouraged to consider the symbols of Buddhism and engage in discussion based on these.
    • Teacher will introduce Buddhist artefacts to the class providing a description of each artefact. Children will be encouraged to think, pair and share their thoughts and opinions on these.
    • Children will be invited to handle each of the Buddhist artefacts with care and respect. Children will be asked to share their opinions with their talk partners.
    • Children reminded that Buddhist meditate a lot, class engaged in discussion on meditation and what it means to them. Teacher will then guide the class through a short meditation. – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bk_qU7l-fcU

    Plenary

    • Cognitive: Children asked to retell the lesson in their own words, highlighting what they have learned. Refer back to WALT
    • Social – Children asked to tidy desks and prepare for next lesson

     

    Other Resources for teaching this topic

    YouTube for guided meditation – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bk_qU7l-fcU

    IWB to display images of Buddhist symbols

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    Peace (Meditation)

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    Peace (Meditation)

    LT focus: To understand the power of mindfulness and taking time out

    Introduction

    • Introduce the topic of meditation- what is it?  What does it involve? Who is involved? Where can it take place? Etc.
    • Introduce the vocabulary that will be used “relax”, Breathe in, breathe out”, “imagine”, “tense” etc.
    • Discuss: When are we most comfortable/relaxed? (sitting, in a quiet area, soft music etc.)
    • Share how they feel right now (prior to meditation)- note some points on the board.
    • Discuss what could happen if we are unable to settle- try to relax, keep eyes closed, stay calm.
    • Explore meditation music, relaxing the body (get comfortable) and lighting

    Development

    • Prepare class for meditation by relaxing the body- rolling shoulders, breathing slowly, getting comfortable etc.
    • Set up music and lighting.
    • Begin meditation with the class. If there are pupils not settled, gently remind them to relax and keep eyes closed

    Plenary

    • Allow class to wake up slowly from the meditation slowly and continue
    • Discuss the meditation
    • Discuss the feelings they now have- compare to the previous notes made on the board

    Other teacher resources for teaching this topic: 

    Soft music, meditation themed script

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    Reflections using Stories, Poetry and Song

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    Reflections using Stories, Poetry and Song

    LT focus: grow in self-knowledge through the provision of opportunities for meditation and reflection

    Introduction

    Ask the children to sit comfortably, placing hands on their knees, sitting up straight and both feet firmly on the floor.

    Eyes closed, take the time to breathe. 5secs out. 5secs in. Hold breath and repeat.

    Ask them to listen to the sounds around them. Listen to their own breathing, the sounds inside and outside the classroom.

    Development

    Day 1: With the children sitting comfortably, read one of the following poems. Display an appropriate associated image on the IWB.

    Read your chosen poem slowly whilst playing soft, soothing music in the background.

    Day 2: Ask the children to reflect upon the poem that they listened to and how it made them feel.

    Provide the children with the poems that you have not read out.

    Ask them to choose one that speaks to them.

    Using a sound/voice capturing application, ask them to provide a soothing read of the poem. The children can incorporate soft music of their own choice.

    Plenary

    The children can share their spoken word meditations to the class using a sharing platform on the IWB.

    Other teacher resources for teaching this topic:

    Voice capturing apps might include Keynote, Voice Memos, Voice Recorder HD App.