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 ...
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, ...
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

Stop copying me! Heard this one before? Students often get frustrated when a peer mimics their speech or actions. They ...
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 ...
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 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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 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 ...
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 ...

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