90+ Free Social Emotional Learning Activities

Welcome to our Social Emotional Learning Activities page. Below you will find free resources – lessons, activities, and printables – in the following skill areas: Communication, Cooperation, Emotion Regulation, Empathy, Impulse Control, and Social Initiation.

These resources are age-appropriate for elementary and middle school students and are typically used in a classroom or a small group setting. And in most cases, if materials are required for the activity, they are items that you already have in your classroom or office.

As you will see below, many of the SEL activities and lesson plans include characters from our game-based, social emotional learning interventions. And if you are using, or plan to use the online games, these activities will reinforce the learning that occurs during game play.

Note: You may reproduce or reuse these lessons with students via other platforms like Google Classroom as needed, and if appropriate, please share this page on your school website so other educators may also benefit. We add new lessons on a regular basis, so make sure to check back frequently.

emotion words

List of Emotions: 135 Words that Express Feelings

Categories of Emotions The list of emotions a typical pre-K child understands may be limited to happy, mad, sad, and ...
impulse control activities

Impulse Control Activities for Kids

Impulse control, or self-control, is the ability to resist temptations, urges, or impulses in order to meet one’s goals. Students ...
all about me worksheet

All About Me Worksheet

An All About Me worksheet is a great way to kick off the school year as students explore self-awareness and ...
morning affirmations for kids

50 Positive Affirmations for Kids

What are positive affirmations for kids? During these challenging and uncertain times, it’s important to remain hopeful, and positive affirmations ...
Active Listening Exercises

Active Listening Exercises

Active listening, which includes eye contact, appropriate body position and language, and the acts of asking questions, summarizing, and not ...
Brain Breaks For Kids

Brain Breaks For Kids

"I need a break!" Whether or not students say it out loud, this feeling can be palpable in the classroom ...
sel book list pin

SEL Books

For obvious reasons, we hope that you use our online social emotional learning interventions to help your students practice and ...
Word Association Game

Word Association Game

This fun word association game will help you get ahead of conflict by helping students understand the connection between experience ...
would you rather questions for kids

Would You Rather Questions For Kids

Getting to know your students, and students getting to know each other, can be a real struggle, and this is ...
Morning Meeting Questions for Students in ES and MS

Morning Meeting Questions

Morning meetings are an excellent way to help students transition from home to school and help them get ready to ...
Social Emotional IEP Goals

Social Emotional IEP Goals

What do Social Emotional IEP Goals Look Like? Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is valuable for all students, and while a ...
Self Care For Teachers

Self Care For Teachers

If you feel "burnout" setting in, if you feel demoralized and exhausted, it is best, for the sake of everyone, ...
Responsible Decision Making Pin

Responsible Decision Making Lesson

How we choose to act in challenging situations heavily relies on what may be referred to as a moral code, ...
Body Language Mirroring

Body Language Mirroring

Students often get frustrated when a peer copies their speech or actions. But being inspired by others is naturally human, ...
conflict resolution for kids

Conflict Resolution for Kids

We’ve rounded up some of our top tips and lessons that will help you create a classroom that practices respectful ...
Pragmatic Language: What To Say

Pragmatic Language: What To Say

Introductions seem simple enough, but are they? Pragmatic language, or the rules of who to say what to and when, ...
Self Awareness Worksheets

Self Awareness Worksheets

At some point, we’ve all looked in the rearview mirror and wondered whether we’ve said or done the right things, ...
Agree to Disagree: A Lesson About Perspective

Agree to Disagree: A Lesson About Perspective

It feels good to be right, but this need to be right can sometimes lead to conflict in the classroom ...

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