95 Free Social Emotional Learning Activities

Welcome to our Social Emotional Learning Activities page!

Below you will find free resources – lessons, activities, and worksheet – 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 the online programs, these activities will reinforce the learning that occurs during game play.

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Anger Iceberg

Anger Iceberg

The idea of an "anger iceberg" is that our anger is like an iceberg — what we show on the ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Responsible Decision Making Pin

Responsible Decision Making Lesson

How we act in challenging situations heavily relies on our moral code, an important component of responsible decision making. And ...
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 ...
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 ...
social emotional learning journal

Social Emotional Learning Journal

Many students may already use a journal at school to develop their writing skills, but what if we helped them ...
goal setting worksheet

Goal Setting Worksheet

As educators, we encourage our students to dream big, but many times students don’t understand how to set goals and ...
staying focused

Stay Focused Worksheet for Students in Elementary School

It can be challenging for young learners to stay focused, especially when they are anticipating an exciting event. In this ...
following directions worksheet

Following Directions Worksheets

Learning to follow directions is an important skill for all students to master, and by the time students start Kindergarten, ...
Socially Appropriate Behavior Worksheet for Elementary School Students

Socially Appropriate Behavior Worksheet for Elementary School Students

Why Students Struggle With Impulse Control Kids may struggle with impulse control or self control for two different reasons: a ...
Holiday Printables for Social and Emotional Learning

Holiday Printables for Social and Emotional Learning

When a holiday is coming up, it can be hard for everyone to remain focussed amid the excitement. We’re here ...
impulse control printable

Impulse Control Printable: Melt or Freeze

Impulse Control, or self-control, is the ability to control your behaviors and feelings. This impulse control printable asks students to ...
Game Guides: Informational Posters for Zoo U, SS GRIN, and Hall of Heroes

Game Guides: Informational Posters for Zoo U, SS GRIN, and Hall of Heroes

These are informative posters for three of our most popular programs: Zoo U, SS GRIN, and Hall of Heroes. In ...
making assumptions

Critical Thinking Worksheets

Using the first critical thinking worksheet below, your students will gather evidence about what happened to a missing snack and ...
i have who has game

I Have Who Has Game of Actions and Consequences

How we relate to other people in real life via our words and actions can have consequences. And helping students ...
think ahead

Positive and Negative Consequences

We often think of consequences in terms of bad things that could happen. If I go to bed early, I’ll ...
freeze game

Freeze Game Activity

Ever find yourself asking a student who’s made a questionable choice, “Why would you do something like that?” only to ...
Circle of Control Worksheet for Students

Circle of Control Worksheet for Students

With this circle of control worksheet, you will assist students in managing their anxiety by providing a clear understanding of ...

Social Emotional Learning at Home

developmental milestones

Developmental Milestones for Social and Emotional Skills

As parents, we know how to monitor our child’s physical developmental milestones. When did your child begin to sit up, ...
sad child

Do I have a Sad Child or Could it be Depression?

Q: My son used to be a fun, lighthearted and very active kid. But lately, he’s been negative about everything ...
child feels left out

What to do when your child feels left out

Q: My daughter was really upset when she came home from school today. At the beginning of the day, one ...
what are the warning signs of adhd

What are the Warning Signs of ADHD?

Q: My son’s teacher has raised some concerns about his behavior in class and suggests that we test him for ...
following directions

Following Directions: Advice from Experts

Q: My son is an intelligent kid. He does well in school, loves playing on his basketball team and has ...
getting ready for school

Getting Ready for School: Avoid the Drama

Q: School mornings are a real struggle in my house. My kids have to do just six things each morning: ...
impulsive behavior

Impulsive Behavior in Children

Q: My daughter is so impulsive. She’s constantly getting into trouble for things like grabbing toys away from friends at ...
lacking self confidence

Lacking Self-Confidence: Expert Ideas and Tips to Help your Kids

Q: My son is a smart, capable boy, but he is lacking self-confidence in just about anything he does. A ...
Bullied at school

Bullied at School: Expert Ideas to Help your Child

Q: I think my child is being bullied at school. In the last couple of weeks, she’s started complaining about ...

Meltdowns: How to Help your Child and Reduce Frustration

Q: I thought we were done with meltdowns when my daughter graduated from preschool. But, these days, as a first ...
bored at school

Bored at School and Academically Gifted

Q: When I ask my gifted child how school is each day, he almost always responds by saying this: “Really, ...
perfectionist child

Perfectionist Child: How to Help with Tips from Experts

Q: My child is a gifted student and an absolute perfectionist. She knows the material, but often can’t seem to ...
making friends at school

Making Friends at School

Q: All the other kids in my son’s class have a best friend or a group of close friends, but ...
growth mindset

Growth Mindset for Kids

Q: When my son fails to get something right after the first or second try, he gives up. In math, ...
school refusal

Strategies for Helping Your Child with School Refusal

Q: My daughter has always loved going to school, but this year, something has changed. Many mornings, she complains about ...
parent-teacher relationships

Parent-Teacher Relationships to Help Your Child Thrive at School

Q: My daughter’s teacher seems like a lovely woman and, so far, we’ve had a good parent-teacher relationship. But now ...
overcome negative thinking

How to Help Your Child Overcome Negative Thinking

Q: Whether it’s a test at school or a new step at dance class, my daughter doesn’t think she can ...
difficulty making decisions

My Child Has Difficulty Making Decisions: How Can I Help?

Q: My daughter can’t make a decision to save her life. When she was picking out a new shirt at ...
angry child

Angry Kid: How Can I Help My Son be Less Frustrated?

Q: My son can be such an angry kid. When just about anything doesn’t go his way, he gets so ...
coping skills

Coping Skills for Gifted Students

Q: Our gifted child easily breaks down at even the smallest problems. And when he’s stressed out because of worries ...

Additional Resources for Social Emotional Learning

Classroom Management Plan

Our classroom management plan is a step-by-step guide and includes proven strategies, tips and printables for elementary school teachers, and it covers four key components for establishing a successful, well-managed classroom.

Classroom Decorations

These free downloadable posters will decorate your classroom and be great teaching resources, reinforcing social and emotional skills in your classroom and reminding students to practice their skills like emotion regulation, impulse control, empathy, and more.

Social Emotional Learning Quotes

For each of the topics below, we have curated a list of quotes. You can incorporate these quotes in your social emotional learning lessons, add them to social media images, create classroom posters, or write one on your whiteboard each day.

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