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Name of Activity: Listening to My Body (Stress Dots)

Purpose of Activity: To teach by immediate observation, the change of skin temperature in response to a variety of activities: fear of test taking, eating, watching a TV show, reading a book, talking to the principal, etc. The student learns (by reading a temperature-sensitive dot on the back of their hand) how to associate changes in their body's reaction to a variety of stimulation (or lack thereof).

Suggested Grade Level: 6-12

Materials Needed: Stress Dots and color-coded cards or wall chart.

Description of Idea

Each student receives a Stress Dot and applies it to the back of their hand (non-toxic adhesive is on backside of dot). They are instructed to establish a baseline of skin temperature by reading the dot and comparing it to the color-code-card or wall chart. Next, they watch the effect on their skin temperature of various types of normal activity: eating, sleeping, watching TV, studying, worrying about a test or upcoming sports activity, etc.

Students then report on the color/temperature changes that they observed while involved in the various activities.

Variations:

Students may also find it useful to document the amount of stress they felt (perhaps on a scale from one to ten) during the various activities and see if the stress that they perceived was similar to the color changes on the Stress Dots.

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Submitted by Ken Jones who teaches at Corvallis Counseling & Consulting Center in Corvallis, OR. Thanks for contributing to PE Central! Posted on PEC: 9/26/2001. Viewed 68698 times since 8/24/2001.

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