Social/Emotional Learning

  • What is Empathy? Mark Ruffalo and Murray Monster discuss what empathy is. Sesame Street: Mark Ruffalo: Empathy
    • Watch video
    • Journal-Draw or write about a time you have shown empathy towards a friend.
    Zones of Regulation Review the “feelings chart” at home and think about how you can get from the Blue, Yellow, or Red zone back to Green. Inside Out: Guessing the feelings.

    List 2 strategies you use to get from Blue, Yellow, or Red zone back to Green.

    Small problems vs. Big problems (K-2) This narrated social script helps children to be problem detectives and determine the difference between big and small problems and how to solve them. Big Problems and Small Problems

    Write, Draw, or talk about three ways you can solve a small problem.

    Why do we lose control of our emotions? (3-5) Simple, easy-to-understand whiteboard animation to help early Elementary-aged children gain an understanding of the way their brains work to recognize and manage their emotions.  This is intended as a beginning resource to help children, parents, educators, and those who work with children to encourage mindfulness, empathy, and emotional regulation. Why Do We Lose Control of Our Emotions?
    • Watch the video, Draw a head shape with an upstairs and downstairs. Draw the characters that live in each part of the brain house. 
    • Upstairs- problem solvers
    • Downstairs- instinct and gut reactors
    • Write about one thing you could do if your downstairs brain tries to take over your upstairs brain
    Anger (K-2) Howard B. Wigglebottom keeps doing the wrong things when he is angry. He learns how to handle his anger better. Controlling Anger Video
    • Take a paper plate or a piece of paper. On one side draw yourself with an angry face. One the other side draw yourself feeling happy.
    • Around the picture, write 2 things you can do to help yourself feel calm when you are angry
    Fear (K-2) Howard B. Wigglebottom is fearful. Learn how he handles his fear! How to deal with fear lesson
    • Talk about one fear you have and how you can overcome it
    • Draw a worry monster that can be on your shoulder every time you become afraid who can eat your worries

    Book - Each KindnessA girl and her friends shun a new student, who eventually stops coming to school. When the teacher gives a lesson about how even small acts of kindness can change the world, the girls realize how much better it could have been if they had shown a little kindness.

    Each Kindness Take a few minutes to show kindness and caring by making a special “Caring Card” for someone special, to show them how important they are to you.
    The Power of Yet

    A great video that highlights how using the word “yet” when you do not know how to do something or make a mistake, helps you to have a growth mindset.

    Sesame Street: Janelle Monae - Power of Yet Journal Prompt- Think about a time when you could not do something well. Describe the time. What feelings did you have? Why is it important to believe in yourself?
    Bruno Mars and Growth Mindset

    Continue the conversation with the students about not giving up.

    Sesame Street do Growth Mindset
    • Ask the following question: Where can you use the power of “yet” in your own life?   
    • Have students make a poster of one thing they have not learned- yet.