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.


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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 ...
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 ...
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SEL Books

For obvious reasons, we hope that you use our online social emotional learning curriculum to help your students practice and ...
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 ...
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, ...
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Dealing with Change

In a normal school year, students expect to deal with change. Whether it’s starting a new school, trying to make ...
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 ...
Think Sheet: Behavior Reflection Exercise

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 ...
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 (Lesson and Printable)

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 ...
how to create a bitmoji classroom for SEL

How to Create a Bitmoji Classroom for SEL

If you're providing remote instruction this year, you may have seem images where educators create a personalized virtual classroom that ...
Classroom Scavenger Hunt

Classroom Scavenger Hunt

This classroom scavenger hunt will help students focus on doing good deeds or random acts of kindness for others. You ...
Summer Worksheets for Social Emotional Learning

Summer Worksheets for Social Emotional Learning

Summer is just around the corner and there’s so much to think about! As you tie up loose ends on ...
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Affirmation Cards for Kids

Self affirmations are a great way to help build self esteem and overcome doubts. Instead of listening to the voice ...
mindfulness activities for kids

Mindfulness Activities for Kids

There are a wide range of mindfulness activities for kids from yoga, meditation, deep breathing, or even blowing bubbles. In ...
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