When it comes to teaching students about self-awareness, our job as educators is to set high ethical standards and help students believe in themselves in order to drive them forward. It’s also about teaching gratitude and appreciating the good in others, ourselves, and positive aspects of our lives.
Use this SEL lesson for elementary students to teach your class to appreciate their own strengths but also ask for help when they need it. Download the activity.
Self-management is the next SEL competency that students should master to regulate their own emotions, manage stress, and work toward personal and academic goals. If we teach students to approach everything as learners, they will internalize a growth mindset and not give up in the face of challenges.
Use this activity to teach students the power of trying again. Download the activity.
This competency is extremely important for helping students gain the life skills of collaborating in groups, having empathy, respecting others, and appreciating diversity. Realizing that we are all interconnected and responsible for one another will help students feel a sense of community in and outside of the classroom.
Use this worksheet to show students that we all have special talents that add up to great communities. Download the activity.
Having good relationship skills will help students succeed throughout their lives. We can teach them this competency by focusing on communication and teamwork. Whether students are defending their opinions, negotiating a turn on the swings, or collaborating together on an assignment, having healthy relationships is vital!
Use this lesson to teach students about resilience and that asking for help shows willingness to learn. Download the activity.
This is the culmination of all the life skills that we try to teach our students. We can teach our students to make good choices by helping them analyze situations, plan ahead, weigh options, solve problems, and step out of their comfort zone to help others.
Use this SEL activity for elementary students to help young learners seek challenges and put their decision-making skills to the test. Download the activity.
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Learn more about HMH Into Reading (Grades K–6) and HMH Into Literature (Grades 6–12), which have SEL lesson plans and support built into the curriculum.