75 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 curriculum. And if you are using, or plan to use the online games, these activities will reinforce the learning that occurs during gameplay.

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.


How to be a Good Friend

How to be a Good Friend

The Importance of Friendships There are many things we want in life but, perhaps, nothing is as important as having ...
dealing with change lessons

Dealing with Change

In a normal school year, students expect to deal with change. Whether it’s starting a new school, trying to make ...
How to Apologize

How to Apologize

Five Steps to Say You're Sorry When we say, or do, something that hurts someone we care about, a sincere ...
social cues

Social Cues and Social Competence

What Are Social Cues Social cues are the verbal and nonverbal "clues" that help us interact, communicate, and establish relationships ...
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 ...
voice inflection

Voice Inflection

What is Voice Inflection? Voice inflection, or intonation, is when we change the tone or pitch of our voice when ...
SEL Skill Printables

SEL Skill Printables

You can show an ongoing commitment to social emotional learning by recognizing students who demonstrate good or improving SEL skills ...
all about me worksheet

All About Me Worksheet (PDF)

Updated 2/9/2021 You may think of an All About Me Worksheet as an activity to kick off the start of ...
think sheet

Think Sheet: Behavior Reflection Exercise

A great tool for having students reflect on inappropriate behavior is a Think Sheet. You can use it when a ...
Emotional Awareness: What Makes Me Happy

Emotional Awareness: What Makes Me Happy

When we think about emotional awareness, we typically focus on situations that trigger negative emotions. But it's also important that ...
Wrinkled Heart Activity

Wrinkled Heart Activity

This activity, based on the book, A Wrinkled Heart by Tracy Hoexter, will help students appreciate how important it is ...
Making and Keeping Friends During Remote Learning

Making and Keeping Friends During Remote Learning

Making and keeping friends can be a big challenge for students, and this is especially true with all of the ...
eye expressions lesson

Eye Expressions: How We Communicate With Our Eyes

Understanding and interpreting body language is even more challenging in a time when we aren't able to see mouths due ...
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 ...
Emotion Faces Worksheet

Emotion Faces Worksheet

Using the emotion faces lesson and printable worksheets below, you will help your students evaluate facial expressions and associate those ...
Student Strengths Lesson

Student Strengths Lesson

Self-awareness is a crucial social-emotional skill, and awareness of our personal strengths helps us build confidence and prepares us to ...
Anger Thermometer

Anger Thermometer (Lesson and Printable)

Everyone feels angry from time to time, and it can be an overwhelming emotion. Like other emotions, anger comes in ...
Gratitude Jar for Kids

A Gratitude Jar for Kids

In a previous lesson, we introduced the the power of gratitude where students identified one thing that made them happy ...

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