Teaching Resources for Social Emotional Learning

Through life experiences, interactions with family, friends, teachers, and coaches, you have been in a continuous feedback system that helps develop your social emotional skills. But aside from these everyday experiences, can social emotional learning be actively taught, and if so, what is the best way to learn? It’s best if the learning has some context and is related to real life experiences.

While your school or team may give you curriculum or teaching resources for academics, there’s so much more that goes into creating a successful classroom: behavior, student relationships, students’ self-esteem and confidence about school, classroom setup and decoration, and more.

It’s up to you to find high-quality teaching resources focused on creating a positive classroom environment that you don’t have to make yourself. But with so many different places to find resources – Pinterest, blogs, Teachers Pay Teachers – it can be hard to make a cohesive plan. That’s why we offer teaching resources, including including lessons and printables, classroom decorations, and behavior management tools, that can be used together or separately, all for free.

Our resources focus on building social and emotional skills through fun activities and experiences with memorable characters from Zoo Academy, Zoo U, Hall of Heroes, and Adventures Aboard the S.S. GRIN.

Social and Emotional Skills Activities

Download free lesson plans and printables to help improve social and emotional skills in the classroom and at home. These teaching resources include group and individual games, worksheets, and other fun handouts.

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, stop and think, empathy, and more.

Classroom Management Plan

From a very early age, children observe interactions around them and mimic those interaction styles and attitudes for themselves. For example, if parents show respect to each other, the child expects people in the world to show respect to one another.

Social Emotional Skills at Home

Parent and caregivers are a child’s first teacher, important long before their peers, and a crucial role model for the development of their social and emotional skills.

From a very early age, children observe interactions around them and mimic those interaction styles and attitudes for themselves. For example, if parents show respect to each other, the child expects people in the world to show respect to one another.

Quotes to Share with Students