Activities for Building Character and Social-Emotional Learning

Activities for Building Character and Social-Emotional Learning
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PreK - Grade 5. Hundreds of user-friendly lesson plans to help teachers build attitudes of respect and caring, reduce problem behaviors, empower students to solve problems, and educate the whole child socially, emotionally, and academically. The lessons' literature-based connections allow teachers to "build in" rather than "add on" social-emotional learning (SEL) as part of the daily curriculum.

PreK - Grade K

Teaches young children positive life skills through daily practice. The activities teach the whole child by allowing them to be curious, active, imaginative, and part of the learning process. This guide helps teachers work within a framework toward specific goals, but also encourages them to be creative in helping children express themselves. Themes developed during the year:

  • Learning about me and my safe and caring school
  • Discovering my feelings and the feelings of others
  • Bullying
  • Cooperation
  • Getting along with others
  • Making good choices
  • My talents and the things I can do

Grade 1 - 2

Teaches children to get along. Teachers are encouraged to use classroom meetings (circle time) throughout the day to deal with misunderstandings, bullying, inappropriate language, and social conflicts that arise inside and outside the classroom. By doing so, a forum is created where students can share their feelings, as well as review, process, and discuss ways to positively resolve conflicts. The more than 100 lesson plans and activities give multiple opportunities to capitalize on the teachable moments. Key concepts explored in the program:

  • Me and my safe and caring school -- how to be an Ambassador of Peace
  • Discovering our feelings -- learning how to Stop, Think, Choose
  • My support system -- caring for others and being a friend
  • Respect yourself and others -- using good manners or bad manners
  • Caring about one another -- helping to prevent bullying
  • Cooperation -- how to team up for success
  • Getting along with others -- using conflict resolutions skills
  • The power to choose -- growing responsibility
  • Follow your dreams -- using my gifts and talents

Grades 3 - 5

100+ activities create opportunities for students to ask questions, discuss their interests, and find out what motivates them to get along with others. The lessons help students improve their social skills and use them as they practice teambuilding, communication techniques, deal with friendship issues, and express their feelings in appropriate ways. The materials can be used in an individual classroom, across a grade level, or throughout the entire school. Key concepts:

  • Me and my safe and caring school -- rules and our classroom community
  • Discovering our feelings -- what can I do when I get angry
  • My support system -- give and take, compassion, and friendships
  • Respect yourself and others -- good manners, honesty, equality and inclusion
  • Bullying -- mean words hurt, kidding vs. teasing, and getting help
  • Teaming up for success -- responsibility, leadership, and sharing
  • Conflict resolution -- listening skills, attitude matters, and using a Stop, Think, Choose process
  • The power to choose -- making positive and wise choices, consequences of others, and being fair
  • Follow your dreams -- heroes, perseverance, and mobilizing your dreams