Activity: Emotion Regulation

Florida State Standards

LAFS.1112.RL.1.1 Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matter uncertain

LAFS.1112.SL.2.5 Make strategic use of digital media (e.g., textual, graphical, audio, visual, and interactive elements) in presentations to enhance understanding of findings, reasoning, and evidence and to add interest.

LAFS.1112.WHST.2.6 Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products in response to ongoing feedback, including new arguments or information.


Introduction:  Stress and anxiety happen to everyone for different reasons.  We should learn how we our body and mind react during these times.  If we do this, we will be able to find a calming practice to self-soothe.  Self-soothing means that we are practicing this activity on our own without outside help.


Teacher Needs


Internet access


NEXT magazine – Emotion Regulation:  What It Is, and Why You Need It

MS Word or other word processing app

Printer paper

Envelope for each student

Student Needs


Internet access

NEXT magazine – Emotion Regulation:  What It Is, and Why You Need It

MS Word or other word processing app

One envelope

Access to a printer and paper


Teacher Transcript and Student Instructions:

  1. Teacher: Read the article “Emotion Regulation:  What It Is, and Why You Need It”
  2. Teacher: Today we will be doing a self-reflection concerning our emotions.  We all have stressors in our life that trigger anxiety and negativity.  This article tells us that we must recognize what those stressors are and deal with them to have a more calming lifestyle.
  3. Teacher:

Student Instructions:  Take a moment to write down 3 things that set off anxiety and stress in your mind and body.  Think of how you react when stressed or anxious.  Have you recognized these reactions before today’s task assignment?  Either way, we will work on how to handle such feelings.

  1. Teacher:

Student Instructions:  Now take a minute to consider one of the following practices that will help to alleviate these anxious and stressful times.  Which one do you choose to practice? 

  1. Taking calming breaths
  2. Listen to music
  3. Writing and journaling
  4. Regular exercise
  1. Teacher:

Student Instructions:  Write a letter to yourself discussing what stresses or causes anxiety in your life.  Include which practice above you will put into force to help self-soothe. Put the letter in an envelope and keep it someplace safe where you can take it out and read it periodically for support and comfort. You may consider displaying this letter in your bedroom.


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