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5-4-3-2-1 Grounding Exercise – Worksheet

PDF | 1 page|Grades: F - 6

A worksheet for students to complete when trying to de-escalate a situation.

A grounding exercise is a strategy used to help pull someone away from negative or challenging emotions. It helps to distract an individual from the emotions they are experiencing and to refocus on the present moment.

Use this resource with a student when they are suffering from anxiety or social distress. Working backwards from 5, the student(s) will use their senses to list things they notice around them at that moment.

This resource will have them listing:

  • 5 things they see
  • 4 things they feel
  • 3 things they hear
  • 2 things they smell
  • 1 thing they taste.

Icons are included on the worksheet for younger students. Simply have them draw the items they notice, rather than list them.

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