Mental Health


MindUp Teacher Guide PDF


MindUp Curriculum Outline (two weeks per lesson)

Unit 1: Getting Focused

  1. How Your Brain Works (The Nervous System by Christine Taylor-Butler)
  2. Mindful Awareness (The Three Questions by John J. Muth)
  3. Focused Awareness (Ellie McDoodle: New Kid in School by Ruth McNally Barshaw)
    Core Practice PDF
    Unit 2: Sharpening Your Senses
  4. Mindful Listening (The Talking Earth by Jean Craighead George)
  5. Mindful Seeing (X-treme X-ray: See the World Inside Out! by Nick Veasey)
  6. Mindful Smelling (Stink and the World’s Worst Super-Stinky Sneakers by Megan McDonald)
  7. Mindful Tasting (Math Potatoes: Mind-Stretching Brain Food by Greg Tang))
  8. Mindful Movement (Winter’s Tail: How One Little Dolphin Learned to Swim Again by Julia, Isaella & Craig Hatkoff)
  9. Mindful Movement II (Riding Freedom by Pam Munoz Ryan)
    Unit 3: It’s All About Attitude
  10. Perspective Taking (Hewitt Anderson’s Great Big Life By Jerdine Nolen)
  11. Choosing Optimism (Hey, You! C’mere: A Poetry Slam by Elizabeth Swados)
  12. Appreciating Happy Experiences (Thirty Days Has September: Cool Ways to Remember Stuff by Chris Stevens)
    Unit 4: Taking Action Mindfully
  13. Expressing gratitude (My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother by Patricia Polacco)
  14. Performing Acts of Kindness (Any Small Goodness by Tony Johnston)
  15. Taking Mindful Action in the World (March On!: The Day My Brother Martin Changed the World by Christine King Farris)

Get to know your brain:
prefrontal cortex

MindUP Brain Poster (K-2) PDF

MindUP Brain Poster (3-5) PDF

MindUP Brain Poster (6-8) PDF

Reflection Journal:

What I noticed

What it Means

What I learned

Core Practice (Daily):
1. Begin the Day
2. After Lunch
3. End the Day

Week 1-3: Master the Core practice
Week 4-30: two weeks per lesson, approximately 15 minutes daily