For MS and HS Teachers: Month 3

Table of Contents

As you advance through each month of 5 Radical Minutes, additional content will become available.

Week One

Day 1
Introduction

Introduction

This is a practice again of talking about a type of person, or maybe several people, but not talking about them by name.

prompt

Prompt

Share your views on what makes someone trustworthy. What do people do that allows us to trust them?

Connecting

Connecting

What did you have in common in your descriptions?

challenge

Daily Challenge

We often feel a small twinge of guilt right before we do something that would not be trustworthy. Today, notice when this might happen. Think about what got you to this point. Listen to that message from inside and take a moment before you decide to go forward.

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Prepare

Note: Tomorrow’s prompt gives you the option to use post-it notes. Gather those ahead of time if you’d like to use that activity option.

Note: Wednesday is a Circle Day and Friday is a Stress Reduction Day. Check ahead for details. (Preview this video for Friday on the ways meditation changes the brain.)

Day 2
Introduction

Introduction

Note: This is another one that is great for using post-it notes so kids see lots of ideas.  If  you choose this option, leave them posted for a few days and remind kids to stop by and take a look at how many ideas were generated.

prompt

Prompt

When you have a problem between yourself and someone else, what makes working it out easier? Talk about traits  that make it easier to work out our differences.

Connecting

Connecting

With post-it notes:

On your post-it notes, write words or phrases that describe the ways people can make it easier to work through differences. You can post them…[give instructions on posting them]

Without post-it notes:

With your partner, come up with the longest list you can of traits of people or ways that people help make it easier to work things out.

challenge

Daily Challenge

Sometimes we are the reason that we don’t work things out with someone. For the rest of today, notice whether you are really willing to compromise with other people or whether you expect them to come more than half way.

Day 3
prompt

Community Circle Day

Introduction

Today we’re going to take time to reflect on what we think about using the 5 Radical Minutes program. Take a moment to think about how it has been useful.

It is fine to pass if you don’t have an idea.

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Prompt

What have we gained by using 5 Radical Minutes? What have you learned?

Connecting

Connecting

Let’s agree on two or three of these ideas that would be worth sharing with the people who created this program.

challenge

Daily Challenge

I’ll let the people at 5 Radical Minutes know your suggestions. They listen to all of the ideas, and really do use those they think will work. Today, remember that your opinion and insight matters. Share it. And be willing to listen to other’s opinions and insights, too!

Note: Please email any feedback your classroom has to 5 Radical Minutes, with “Prompt Feedback” in the subject line. We truly love hearing about new ideas!

Day 4
prompt

Prompt

Talk about anger. What does anger do to friendships? What does it do to the person who is angry and what does it do to the person with whom they’re angry? How much does it matter how we manage our anger? What lessons have you learned either because of your own anger or someone else’s?

Remember to talk about a behavior and not a person.

Connecting

Connecting

Were there similar thoughts about the impact of anger on your friendships or relationships?

challenge

Daily Challenge

In and of themselves, emotions aren’t so much the problem as how we manage those emotions. Sometimes anger is what mobilizes us to take action instead of letting someone walk all over us. Sometimes angry people are the ones start a movement that makes a difference. Today, let yourself notice your emotions and think about whether there is a way to use them as a force for good.

Day 5
Introduction

Stress Reduction Circle Day

Introduction

We will do one more video on mindfulness today, and then we’ll start alternating some days when we just do mindfulness, and some days when we watch videos about it.  This is a quick, fun video that just reminds us why mindfulness is helpful. Then we’ll have our Paired Sharing again, but for shorter times because of the video.

Watch this video on the ways meditation changes the brain.

prompt

Prompt

Today in your turn to speak, identify two or three areas that you can imagine improving if you had less stress.  What kinds of skills or activities would you like to see be a little easier?

challenge

Daily Challenge

Today, just try this one thing… when you feel overwhelmed or upset or stressed, take one really deep breath and release your breath as quickly as your body wants to exhale. Sometimes just taking one deep breath gives us time to relax.  Try it!

Week Two

Day 1
Introduction

Introduction

Sometimes when we’re in the middle of something difficult, it is hard to remember that we will learn from it, we will grow past it, and some day we will look back on it and recognize that it is no longer a problem for us at all.

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Prompt

Talk about something that you were afraid of when you were little, like before you were in school.

Connecting

Connecting

What do you both recognize about how we learn to cope with our fears and anxieties?

challenge

Daily Challenge

Sometimes it is really helpful to see how far we’ve come and to recognize that growing past a fear or challenge is often done in many small steps! Try to think about other areas you’ve grown and learned to cope with things.

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Prepare

Note: Later this week will be both a fun day and a circle day. Read ahead and prepare. If you’re stuck or short on time to prepare for your fun day, choose from the three videos below:

Day 2
Introduction

Introduction

Now we’re going to begin to use stress reduction skills for just a moment to help us listen to one another from deeper inside. Before our prompt today, we’re going to take 30 seconds to breathe way deep in our lower belly. Close your eyes and I’ll ring the bell when our 30 seconds is up.

Ring the bell after 30 seconds.

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Prompt

When we open our eyes and look at our partner, let yourself think about being compassionate as you listen to him or her. Today, talk about the appreciation you have for someone who is really there for you.

Connecting

Connecting

Were there similarities in the people you described?

challenge

Daily Challenge

Today, think about being someone that others can appreciate.

Day 3
Introduction

Introduction

Today we’re going to talk about what we love to do when we aren’t at school. First, let’s take three deep breaths, and let yourself find the part of your heart that cares about others. Open your eyes when you hear the bell.

Ring the bell after 30 seconds.

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Prompt

Describe your perfect Saturday! What you like to do, where you like to go, and who like you to spend time with – anything that helps make a day perfect for you.

Connecting

Connecting

Did you have anything in common?

challenge

Daily Challenge

It is just as important for us to have great days of relaxation as it is for us to pursue academics. Think about one thing you want to do this weekend that’s fun for you! It doesn’t have to be a big thing — it might be as simple as skateboarding for an hour, or painting your nails.

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Prepare

Note:  Next week you’ll be using a template for students to draw their anger on a t-shirt.  So you’ll have time to run off copies, a link to that download is here.

Day 4
prompt

Prompt

Introduce a fun day. Watch a short, fun video together or learn the Macarena on YouTube. If you’re stuck or short on time, choose from the three videos below:

Connecting

Connecting

With your partner, share what you liked most about today’s activity.

challenge

Daily Challenge

Today try to find ways to help one another laugh.

Day 5
Introduction

Community Circle Day

Introduction

Today we’re going to talk about kindness from a place of imagining, and we’re going to focus on how kindness helps make life enjoyable. Before we begin, let’s take 30 seconds to close our eyes and breathe and relax, and when you hear the bell, I’ll give our prompt.  While you have this time of relaxing your body, let yourself think about one aspect of school that would be nicer for you if everybody was really kind all day long one day.  OK, let’s close our eyes…

Pause for 30 seconds or so… ring the bell.

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Prompt

When it is your turn, share with the group one part of your day that you would enjoy more if everybody were more kind.

challenge

Daily Challenge

One of the ways others become more kind is by experiencing kindness from us. Today look for a moment when YOU can be the kindness in a conversation or an exchange.

Week Three

Note: As you’re getting more comfortable with the program, don’t forget to remind your students of what the goals are, and let them share what they enjoy about things so far.

Day 1
Introduction

Introduction

We know that sometimes people intend to hurt someone else’s feelings, and sometimes we don’t mean to but we realize later that we did. Either way, we can end up feeling badly about it. Today we’re going to figure out what we can do when we realize we’ve hurt someone’s feelings. Before we start, let’s all close our eyes and take three deep breaths and just relax. Take your time.

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Prompt

Talk about ways to make amends when we offend someone, what to do when you hurt someone’s feelings, or you think you may have hurt them.

Connecting

Connecting

What did your stories and ideas have in common?

challenge

Daily Challenge

All of us need to learn how to reconnect with someone when something happens between us. It helps a lot to be able to apologize. We all need to learn how to do that! Today, think about a time you might have hurt someone, and could now make amends for.

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Prepare

Note: We’ll use this template on Wednesday for the Anger Tshirt activity. Students will need felt pens, crayons or colored pencils.

Note: Friday is a mindfulness day. This guideline will provide ideas about how to answer some of the students’ questions about why you’re doing this and what they’ll gain from it.

Day 2
Introduction

Introduction

Let’s try the three deep breaths again before we start. Let’s close our eyes, and take three deep breaths, and relax.

Ring the bell after 15 seconds.

prompt

Prompt

If you were going to write a book, who would the main character be and what would the plot be?

Connecting

Connecting

Talk about the things that make a character in a book interesting.

challenge

Daily Challenge

Notice what makes the people around you interesting. Appreciate those things!

Day 3
prompt

Introduction

Pass out the t-shirt template.

Today we have something to draw instead of talking.

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Prompt

This is an anger t-shirt. If you were going to design a t-shirt that expressed your anger, what would it look like and what colors would it be?

Connecting

Connecting

Look at your pictures. What do you notice?

challenge

Daily Challenge

There are all kinds of ways for us to get in touch with our feelings. Art is a really helpful way! Today, when you’re confronted with difficult things, think about expressing it through art when you get home in a way that will help you release those emotions.

Day 4
Introduction

Introduction

Let’s take three deep breaths first….

Ring the bell after 15 seconds.

prompt

Prompt

If all of the clothes you own could only be one color, what color would that be? What do you like about that color? What do you think that color says about someone?

Connecting

Connecting

What did you like about what your partner said?

challenge

Daily Challenge

Colors really do say something about people. Try wearing something tomorrow that reflects how you want to feel about your day.

Day 5
prompt

Stress Reduction Circle Day

Introduction

Decide how you want students to be seated for their first trial of breathing and mindfulness.  It is sometimes easier initially for them to be seated so even if someone opens their eyes, they can’t see someone else’s face and know for sure whether that person has their eyes closed or not.  They could be in their seats facing the front of the class, or you could have them all in a circle facing outward.  Eventually the goal is that they be comfortable closing their eyes and being mindful in a circle while facing inward.  For now, make it easy for them to feel a little more privacy.

This guideline will provide ideas about how to answer some of the students’ questions about why you’re doing this and what they’ll gain from it.

Today is going to be our first day of just listening to one of the stress reduction recordings. Often the voice you hear in the recording will say to close your eyes. It helps most if you can do that, but at first sometimes people feel more comfortable just looking down and letting your gaze rest in the center of your desk or to look down at your hands folded in your lap.

Some of the recordings encourage you to imagine seeing yourself somewhere peaceful, such as in a forest.   Others will have you listen with intention to a sound. And some others will help you notice exactly where you hold stress in your body. If the first few recordings seem awkward or boring, that’s totally fine. It takes a while before we learn how to take our minds to a calm place. Be patient. It will be worth it!

Note: For the first time or two, you might have students in a circle but facing outward so they know no one is watching them. If you do this, mention that you’ll only be doing that for the first few times, because once everybody gets the hang of it, it will be much easier to feel less self-conscious about it.

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Prompt

Use one of the Blue Sky Moments options listed HERE. The goal for today is to help students get comfortable with silence in the room and to quiet down internally.

Note: You may have to coach students who are having a difficulty settling down. Some teachers have the students use the glitter bottles during this time to help everyone settle down. (Yes, even in highschool!)

Connecting

Connecting

Let’s stand up and face into the circle. Are there a few of you who would like to talk about what you liked about this or whether you were comfortable or not comfortable?  How was this?

challenge

Daily Challenge

In our busy worlds, especially with the distraction of social media, it is easy not to be in touch with how we’re feeling inside. When we can be in touch with what is going on inside, that is the beginning of being able to manage stress. Today, really try to tune into your feelings.

Week Four

Day 1
Introduction

Introduction

Three deep breaths again…

Ring the bell after 15 seconds.

prompt

Prompt

Today, share about the stuffed animal or other toy you most wanted to take to bed with you when you were little.

Connecting

Connecting

Anything in common?

challenge

Daily Challenge

We have all kinds of things we do to help ourselves go to sleep, no matter how old we get. We’ll revisit that as well at some point. Today, think about ways that might help you fall asleep better.

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Prepare

Note:  Friday is another circle day… look ahead to plan accordingly.

Day 2
prompt

Prompt

Today is a bit lighter… Talk about your favorite super-hero and what powers he or she has that you envy or enjoy.

Connecting

Connecting

Anything in common?

challenge

Daily Challenge

Does anybody know who the very first super-hero was? Superman. He was first in comic books, in the year 1938.  If you had a copy of the first Superman comic book it would be worth $3,200,00!! Notice everyday heroes today. What are their superpowers? Maybe they make everyone laugh. Maybe they’re a cheerleader for everyone. Or maybe they speak up for people who haven’t found their voices yet.

Note: Here’s a link to the Superman comic book sale if your students seem interested.

Day 3
Introduction

Introduction

Let’s take three deep breaths again…

Ring the bell after 15 seconds.

prompt

Prompt

Think way back… share your favorite memory from when you were around four years old.

Connecting

Connecting

What do you think makes a memory a great memory?

challenge

Daily Challenge

Build all the good memories you can today!

Day 4
prompt

Introduction

Three deep breaths before we start… open your eyes when you hear the bell.

Ring the bell after 15 seconds.

prompt

Prompt

Talk about something you’re proud of…. Something you’ve done or how hard you’ve worked on something, or even how you’ve handled a difficult situation… What are you proud of?

Connecting

Connecting

How is feeling pride different than bragging?

challenge

Daily Challenge

Today think about the value of doing something well and not just rushing through. These moments can make you proud and stick with you for years to come!

Day 5
Introduction

Community Circle Day

Introduction

Today we’re going to look at rules we have at school.

prompt

Prompt

When it is your turn, you get to choose. What is a rule that we have at school that is really fair? OR What rule do we have at school that really is not fair?

Connecting

Connecting

What do you notice about how we replied to this question?

challenge

Daily Challenge

Rules are important. They help maintain order, keep us safe, and often make things fair. But sometimes we need to reevaluate them to make sure they’re still what’s best for people. Today, think about the rules you come across and ask yourself why they may have been created in the first place and whether or not they’re still working.