Free teaching resource

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

Teach Starter Publishing
Google Slide, PDF | 1 page | Grades: K - 6

De-escalate your students while in difficult situations with this calming exercise.

A grounding exercise is a strategy used to help pull someone away from negative or challenging emotions. They help to distract an individual from the emotions that they are experiencing and 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 in 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.

We have included icons on the worksheet for the younger, nonreaders to use. Simply have them draw the items they notice rather than list them.

Use the drop-down menu to choose between the color or black and white PDF or the Interactive Google slide version.




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