Our Best Selves

Lessons on Social-Emotional

Learning With ELA


Hw D Yu Feel Tday?

Research shows that social-emotional learning (SEL) improves effectiveness, academic performance, relationships, well-being, decision-making, and outcomes across all areas of life. With these six SEL lessons from Scholastic and our friends at Facebook Education, guide your students to better understand their emotions and build empathy for others. Based on research from the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, students will learn strategies to manage their emotions, practice perspective-taking, collaborate in groups, and create a more supportive classroom community.

Lesson 1

Reflecting on Emotions


Lesson 2

Building Emotional Vocabulary With Feelings Words

"Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all." —Aristotle

Lesson 3

Building Empathy Through


SEL skills are the

foundation to success in school, career, and life1

Lesson 4

Identifying and Managing Emotions


Students with
sel skills get

grades and make healthier decisions2

Lesson 5

Creating a Community of Support

+ Family Take-home!


Lesson 6

Strategizing and Acting With Empathy


Lesson 7

Tracking Emotions


Lesson 8

Positive Self-Talk and Personal Affirmations



Social-Emotional Learning at Home


What Teachers Are Saying

Supplemental programs like this are crucial for elementary-age students. They are so scared to talk about their emotions in the classroom setting, and this really helped them think a little deeper into strong emotions without any stigma. This was a strong unit. —Fourth grade teacher | Woodmere, NY
Students were actively engaged [and] especially enjoyed using the Mood Meter activity sheet. The accompanying worksheets are so visually appealing. I love the one about the character's emotions (Read with Empathy). —Third grade teacher | Prospect, CT
I think the vocabulary and using the context clues to determine how to best describe the characters is very useful and could be used as part of a character traits study. I could also see using this in writing to help enhance the student's ability to be more descriptive in the development of the voice writing trait and using dialogue.” —Fifth grade teacher | Indianapolis, IN

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Email photos of completed student activity sheets
(no student surnames), mobiles, or bookmarks to scholasticsubmissions
by 4/15/18,
and Scholastic will send you three (3) classroom books!

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void where prohibited. The giveaway is open to teachers 18+, 50 US and DC who teach grades K–5. End: 4/15/18 11:59 PM ET. Full rules: scholastic.com/OBSrules.

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