BAM! Body and Mind. Classroom Resources for Teachers

The Big Test: How We Experience Short-Term Stress

In this activity, teachers will induce mild stress in students by announcing they are about to have a quiz that will be a major part of their grade. Once students learn that this is not true, they will describe their physical and mental changes in response to this stress.

Students will:

  • Experience and describe a situation of short-term stress
  • Record and analyze their physical and mental reactions to the stressful situation
  • Make generalizations about how humans react to short-term stress, including that different people respond to stress in different ways

Relevant Standards:
This activity fulfills science and health education standards [PDF – 269 KB].

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