January Activities: Banish New Year’s stress with Britannica School

January 7, 2019

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The following activities are created with classrooms of all levels in mind and work best when paired with Britannica School. Contact your library staff to see if your institution already has access or claim your own Britannica School Free Trial.

Take students on a journey of understanding stress and how to manage it with these Britannica School activities.

Stress: We all feel it. The emotional and physical responses to stress can be caused by complex and tense situations. Stress experts say self-relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, muscle relaxation, and meditation can help people—students included—manage stress.

Introducing stress management, mental health care, and relaxation techniques to K-12 students provides them with powerful mindfulness tools they can use throughout their lives. Take a deep breath, and let’s learn how we can better equip our students and ourselves to manage stress.


Britannica School Resource Packs

Don’t know where to start? We’ve created resource packs to help—articles, images, videos, and more.

⇒ Elementary Resources

⇒ Secondary Resources


Dive in! Dig deeper with the following video and activities

⇒ WATCH: Reactions: Why Too Much Stress Is Bad For You

It’s supposed to help keep your body healthy in stressful situations. But the constant stress of our everyday lives means we’re getting overexposed to the hormone cortisol.

In this American Chemical Society “Reactions” video (found in the “stress” entry in Britannica School) Raychelle Burks, Ph.D. explains why too much cortisol is bad for you in this episode of the Reactions series “Get To Know A Molecule.”

TRY: Chill Out! Classroom Relaxation Exercises for All Ages

Help students calm their nerves and focus with classroom exercises for every age that you can do in 5 minutes or less!


Now what? Make it stick with these original activity guides:

⇒ Strategy Card: Remix Riot (Managing Stress)

⇒ Graphic Organizer: Remix Riot


Differentiation Station: Citations in a Snap!


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