Explain to students that today they will be learning about something very different from their normal class time. This class will focus on appreciating--being thankful for--beauty and excellence.
Have students find a picture of something they think is beautiful.
Introduce the four sense verbs that will be used for the next activity: see, hear, feel, and smell. Use Appreciation of Beauty - Foundations.
Distribute FL Beauty - Handout #1 (1).docx to the students.
Each of the 11 links in the powerpoint Appreciation of Beauty - Foundations (slide 9) contains a video of a nature scene with natural sounds. You can open and spend as much time as needed on each scene.
Play Short 5 Minute Guided Meditation for Mindfulness - YouTube (also found in the PowerPoint). Students should try to pay attention to the instructions in the video.
Provide students with FL Beauty - Handout #2 (1).docx.
Discuss the many places where beauty can be found (Slide 15).
Challenge students to find a new example of beauty in the natural world around them. Tell them to prepare to share what they find in the following class period.
Have students share an example of beauty that they found from their homework assignment.
Watch a 1-min mindfulness meditation. How does meditation make them feel? What do they think of?
Have students share with the class about an example of beauty that they saw in others.