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Physical Activity Can Reduce Your Stress

Vivian Lett


This lesson helps students identify stressors in their day-to-day lives and how physical activity helps to reduce perceived levels of stress.


The student knows how regular physical activity can relieve the stress of everyday life.


-Several books any kind (so they make a loud noise)
-Newspapers for each student
-Pre-Post Stress Survey, two copies per student (See Associated File)
-Pencil or pens
-Notebook paper
-Reflection Log Journal, one per student (See Associated File)
-Teacher Evaluation Tool, one per student (See Associated File)
-White board marker(s)
-White board eraser


1. Obtain copies of newspapers for each student.
2. Select articles to present to class.
3. Download and make two copies of the Pre-Post Stress Survey for each student. (See Associated File)
4. Download and copy the Reflection Log Journal for each student. (See Associated File)
5. Contact guidance office before lesson to inform them of the activity in case a student needs to be referred for assistance.
6. Download and copy a Teacher Evaluation Tool for each student. (See Associated File)


Note: This lesson reviews the concepts of frequency, intensity and time from a previous unit of instruction.

1. Make a loud noise by forcibly dropping books on the floor to get the full attention of the class.

2. Ask the students to relate how they felt at hearing the unexpected loud noise.

3. Have the students respond orally.

4. Provide feedback to their responses.

5. Distribute a Pre-Post Stress Survey to each student. (See Associated File)

6. Collect the inventories for the students to compare and contrast with the Post Stress Survey that will be completed in two weeks.

7. Introduce local newspaper articles that reflect the stressful nature of society by highlighting the contents of the selected 2 articles.

8. Ask the students to respond by writing one level of stress they felt the person involved in that situation experienced.

9. Make a sweep around the room to view each student response.

10. Give feedback to students as deemed necessary.

11. Group students together so that they may share their personal experiences of stress-related occurrences, what they did to relieve the stress and did it include a physical activity.

12. Demonstrate activities to the student that they can perform at their student desk to relieve perceived stress.

13. The students model the teacher-demonstrated activities.

14. Have students suggest ways that regular physical activity could help reduce perceived stress levels brought on by everyday life.

15. Give students an outline and the criteria for the Reflection Log Journal. (See Associated File)

16. Have students keep a class Reflection Log Journal, which has recordings of their perceived reduced level.

17. The students record events from their journals upon completion of a two-week period.

18. The students orally discuss events recorded on the white board by comparing and contrasting activities encountered due to stress.

19. Distribute a clean copy of the Pre-Post Stress Survey to the students. Collect the inventories to compare and contrast with their Pre Stress Survey.


Assess students over the two-week period, as well as their student Reflection Log Journals using the Teacher Evaluation Tool in the associated file.
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