Lesson plans

Introducing Grow Your Mind with

12 lessons

New to Grow Your Mind? Start with these 12 lessons. They are for pre - year 6 and are designed to be modified for each year level. The idea is every year level begins the journey together and covers the same themes each week. This is a great way to launch Grow Your Mind into your school. Following these lessons we have more on offer on perspective, communication, uncomfortable emotions, neurons etc. Scroll down to find them.

Worksheets and Resources

Colouring in Pages

For: K-2

Theme: brain awareness

To go with: Introductory lessons or use in isolation

Add Yet

For: Year 3-6

Theme: Growth mindset

To go with: Introductory lessons or use in isolation

Dose of Well-being

For: Year 3-6

Theme: brain awareness

To go with: DOSE poster or use in isolation

Feelings Word Search

For: Year 3-6

Theme: emotional literacy

To go with: Introductory lessons or use in isolation

Know and Grow a Strength

For: Year 3-6

Theme: Character strengths

To go with: Introductory lessons or use in isolation

No Mud, No Lotus

For: Year 3-6

Theme: Resilience

To go with: Introductory lessons or use in isolation

Shark Vs. Dolphin

For: Year 2-6

Theme: Optimism

To go with: Introductory lessons, Flip to Flourish or use in isolation

Strengths Word Search

For: Year 3-6

Theme: Character Strengths

To go with: Introductory lessons, Strengths Extension lessons, Flip to Flourish or use in isolation

Brain Echo

A teacher resource to playfully teach the parts of the brain to Pre K - 6

Theme: Brain awareness

To go with: The Welcome to Grow Your Mind story and the Introductory lessons

Breathing Styles

A teaching resource for everyone

Theme: Mindfulness and Emotional Regulation

To go with: Introductory lessons or use in isolation

Gratitude Meditation

A sample meditation for K-6

Theme: Mindfulness and Gratitude

To go with: Introductory lessons or use in isolation

Short Stories

A teaching resource for K-2

Theme: Brain awareness, Mindfulness and Emotional Regulation

To go with: Introductory lessons or use in isolation

Strength Discussion Pointers

A teaching resource to help embed the language of character strengths Pre K - 6

Theme: Character Strengths

To go with: Introductory lessons, Strengths extension, Strengths poster or use in isolation

Strength Scenarios

A teaching resource to help embed the language of character strengths K - 3

To go with: Introductory lessons, Strengths extension, Strengths poster or use in isolation

Checklist

For teachers to use as a guide to every day wellbeing in the classroom

Yoga

A teacher resource for pre K - 6

Theme: Brain awareness

Empathy

For: 3-6

Theme: Managing conflict, building empathy, perspective.

To go with: Perspective lessons or use in isolation

Animal characters

For: Year 2-6

Theme: Brain awareness and mindfulness

To go with: Introductory lessons or use in isolation

Dear Wise Owl

For: K-2

Theme: Brain awareness, kindness, gratitude

To go with: Introductory lessons or use in isolation

Letter to Wise Owl

For: Year 3-6 (to go with brain lesson)

Theme: Brain awareness, kindness, gratitude

To go with: Introductory lessons or use in isolation

Kindness

For: Year 2-6

3 worksheets with a kindness theme

To go with: Introductory lessons or use in isolation

Gratitude letter

For: Year 2-6

To go with: Introductory lessons or use in isolation

Draw internal weather

For” K-6

Theme: Mindfulness

To go with: Introductory lessons or use in isolation

Internal weather worksheet

For: Year 2-6

Theme: Mindfulness

To go with: Introductory lessons, Anger lessons or use in isolation

Neuro-

transmitters

Year 6 comprehension task

Theme: Brain awareness

To go: as an extension of brain awareness for keen students

Give the insular cortex an animal name

For: Year 5-6

Theme: Brain awareness

To go: as an extension of brain awareness for keen students

PERMAH acronym

For: Year 4-6

Theme: Flourishing, resilience and mental health

To go with: PERMA lessons and as an extension exercise post Introductory lessons

Neurons

For: Year 6 comprehension task

Theme: Brain awareness

To go as: an extension to the Introductory lessons

Lesson on PERMA

Year 3-6

Focus on focus

For: Year 3 - 6

Theme: Mindfulness, brain awareness

Use: to reinforce Sifting Sooty and explicitly teach students how to focus

Uncomfortable emotions: anger

For: K - 1

Theme: Mindfulness and emotional regulation

Use: To explicitly teach managing anger

Mindful Movement

For: K-2 and 3-6

To go with: Take Care of Your Mind poster and Introductory lessons

Compassion

For: Year 6 comprehension task
To go with: Take Care of Your Mind poster, Flip to Flourish and to reinforce mental health benefits of compassion

Chatterbox

For: everyone

Theme: Connection and kindness.

Use: As a way to promote connection in your classroom, to compliment Mindful Communication lessons

Lessons on communication

For: Year 3-6 although work tasks can be adapted for all year levels

Mindful ways

to communicate

For: Year 3-6

Theme: communication

To go with: Lessons on communication

Conflict

For: Year 3-6:

Theme: conflict

To go with: Lessons on communication

Healthy friends

For: Year 3-6

Theme: conflict

To go with: Lessons on communication

Help Me Get Over the Wall scenarios

For: Pre K to Year 3

Theme: Character Strengths

To go with: Strengths extension and Help me get over the wall lesson

Strengths ext. lesson

For: Pre- Year 6. Using lego figurines to further teach the variety of character strengths that exist. Please see an idea for a project for Year 3-6 in this document

Perspective lesson

For year 3-6

Theme: perspective and conflict

Directed vs Free Form Attention

This will compliment a lesson on focus, in particular for Stage 3.

Scope and Sequence

Have you introduced our kits in your classroom? Looking for a way to continue teaching the program each year and keep it fresh? This is a basic sample scope and sequence with links for clips, new lesson plans and worksheets for Early Stage 1 through to Stage 3.

Recommended book list to support GYM

Looking for more ways to embed Grow Your Mind? Get your library involved or start reading any of the texts in this guide in your class. Let us know if you have other recommendations!

Weeds and Flowers

A great way to accompany our new Weeds and Flowers game but you could also use this without purchasing anything. Build an awareness of compassion, resilience and mindfulness in students from Year 2 and up.

Newsletter tips

After a whole school common language? Communication between school and home is incredibly important. Here are some samples, feel free to cut, paste and edit as you wish

Where to start?

If you are a teacher and wanting to know where to start with Grow Your Mind - check out our manual.

Growth Mindset Tree

For: 3-6

Theme: Growth Mindset

To go with: Introductory lessons, Growth Mindset Tree Poster or use in isolation