Mental Health Jr: The Science of Feeling Anxious

Virtual School Program

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  • Grade 6
  • Grade 7
  • Grade 8
An educator points to the skull of a human skeleton

Curriculum Connections:

Strands A and D : Social-Emotional Learning Skills and Healthy Living
A1.2 apply skills that help them to recognize sources of stress and to cope with challenges, including help-seeking behaviours, as they participate in learning experiences in health and physical education, in order to support the development of personal resilience
D1.4 identify people, resources, and services in the school and the community (e.g., mental health and addiction workers, family members, social workers, psychologists, community agencies, churches, mosques, synagogues, public health units, telephone help lines, recreation facilities) that can provide support when a person is dealing with mental health issues and choices or situations involving substance use and addictive behaviours, and describe how to access these supports
Strands A and D : Social-Emotional Learning Skills and Healthy Living
A1.2 apply skills that help them to recognize sources of stress and to cope with challenges, including help-seeking behaviours, as they participate in learning experiences in health and physical education, in order to support the development of personal resilience
D1.6 demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between mental health and mental illness and identify possible signs of mental health problems
Strands A and D : Social-Emotional Learning Skills and Healthy Living
A1.2 apply skills that help them to recognize sources of stress and to cope with challenges, including help-seeking behaviours, as they participate in learning experiences in health and physical education, in order to support the development of personal resilience
D2.4 demonstrate an understanding of how incorporating healthy habits and coping strategies into daily routines (e.g., starting the day with physical activity, limiting screen time before going to bed, using tools such as online apps to support mindful practices, using deep breathing and grounding strategies, engaging in activities that involve positive social interaction and supporting others) can help maintain mental health and resilience in times of stress
D3.4 explain how word choices and societal views about mental health and mental illness can affect people and perpetuate stigma, and identify actions that can counteract that stigma
Sensory Considerations

Students will be viewing real biological specimens, including animal and human specimens. The Ontario Science Centre follows the guidelines of the Ontario Anatomy Act, which states that human specimens are treated with dignity and respect and used for educational purposes only. Please let the bookings staff know if there are any considerations or accommodations needed for your class.