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 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.


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 ...
all about me worksheet

All About Me Worksheet

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

Morning Affirmations for Kids

During these challenging and uncertain times, it’s important to remain hopeful, and morning affirmations are a great way for students ...
Morning Meeting

Morning Meeting

Educators everywhere are discovering the benefits of weaving social emotional learning activities into the school day by starting with a ...
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 curriculum to help your students practice and ...
Word Association Game

Word Association Game

When we have an idea that seems perfectly spot on, it’s fun to ask this question and hope someone else ...
would you rather questions for kids

Would You Rather Questions For Kids

Getting to know your students, and students getting to know eachother, can be a real struggle, and this is especially ...
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 as it develops ...
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, ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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