Stressed Out?

Stress is a part of every teen’s life, even more so during intense challenges such as a pandemic, racial discrimination, and life transitions. But uncontrolled stress can cause serious health problems and increase the risk that students may use drugs to attempt to deal with stressors, including mental health issues and trauma. Use these materials to help students understand how stress affects their body, and learn healthy ways to cope with pressure.

Lesson Plan Highlights:

This lesson includes:

  • Lesson
  • Student activity sheets
  • Student article
  • Teacher's prompts

Grade Level(s):

6,  7,  8,  9,  10,  11,  12 

Student Skills:

  • Analyzing and interpreting information, data, and/or evidence
  • English language arts
  • Health and life skills

Time / Duration:

  • 60-90 minutes


  • Printer/copier for student handouts (if meeting in person)


  • English

Academic Standards:

    Common Core State Standards

    • RST.1. Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts
    • W.2. Write informative texts to convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through effective selection and organization of content

    Next Generation Science Standards

    • Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information
    • Structure and function
    • System and system modules

Teacher’s Guide and Student Worksheet

Additional Resources