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Social Emotional Learning, also known as SEL, is about teaching children the essential skills to effectively become aware and manage emotions, make good decisions and develop healthy social and relationship skills. The science and data behind the effectiveness of incorporating SEL, with mindfulness in particular, into daily activities is solid. Parents and teachers alike report a “flow” at home and in the classroom, a remarkable increase in positive social interactions, responsible behaviors, focused attention, creative problem solving and learning engagement.


PROGRAM D: For Grades 5th & 6th with Social Emotional Learning Activities, SEL Assessment, SEL Lesson Plans, Bulletin Board Activities, Whole Group Lessons, Anchor Chart & Posters, Student Self Assessment, Worksheets, ELA Writing Activities, Vocabulary, Craft Project, Mindfulness Activities


Imagine teaching engaged children who are confident, relaxed, with agency over their own learning and behavior, in a classroom where they feel valued with a sense of belonging…

We are here to help you achieve that dream.


PROGRAM D: Unit 1: Feelings Matter

(4 Lesson Plans / 4 weeks)


Each lesson is a thoughtful mix of instruction and student-centered activities including:

  • Assessment: - before each lesson so that you can be assured that your plans are developmentally appropriate, offer you the flexibility to accommodate varied competencies.

  • Lesson Plans: - guided instruction suggestions, materials needed, learning outcomes, assessment questions, visual display page with student sample work, lesson prompts and bulletin board materials.

  • Lively Discussion: - lesson include discussion prompts and dialog suggestion with captivating illustrations, story prompts, bulletin board displays, anchor charts to keep the focus on the topic and flowing.

  • Activities: Mindfulness and SEL games encourage collaboration and problem solving, fun drawing, arts & craft activities encourage creativity and individuality.

  • Mindfulness: - each unit includes mindfulness practices that are easy, engaging and came be continued at home, after school, in nature or in any setting.

  • Integration into other Academic Content: - Bulletin board displays offer countless opportunities to integrate with ELA. Each unit includes journal writing, writing activities, vocabulary development, culturally responsible student reading books, storytelling and story writing.



covered in Unit 1

1.0 Self-Awareness: “I know myself and I know what I need for myself from others”


  1. recognize, label, with specificity, their emotions sensations and complex feelings and the feeling's intensity.
  2. can identify when they feel stressed or anxious and what may trigger emotions or feelings
  3. are aware that they may experience more than one emotion or feeling at the same time.
  4. notice how emotions affect their body and where they experience them in their body.
  5. understand that emotions are information and there are no “bad” feelings or emotions
  6. identify how thought patterns can contribute to underlying causes of emotions and feelings

2.0 Self-Management: “I am in charge of myself and I can calm myself when I need to”


  1. practice mindfulness by re-directing and focusing attention on their inner self.

  2. can understand the origin of emotions and feelings and reframe them before acting on them

  3. identify people and situations that can calm them and use simple stress management practices

3.0 Social Awareness: “I care about other people and want to help create a supportive place to grow and learn”


  1. can show curiosity about other people’s feelings by striving to understand their unique perspectives
  2. reflect on how social identities (i.e. culture, family) impact the way people view and interact with others
  3. demonstrate compassion & empathy for how people’s identities & experiences may lead to their reactions

4.0 Relationship Skills: “I can build good friendships and relationships by learning how to listen, share ideas and work together.”


  1. engage in respectful negotiation for inclusion when contributing their ideas for a group project
  2. identify characteristics of being a good friends and recognize healthy and unhealthy relationships
  3. use collaboration strategies to communicate their perspective and listen openly to perspectives of others
  4. consider people’s various perspectives and needs and strive toward resolving conflicts constructively

5.0 Responsible Choices: “I make choices that help me and others.”


  1. demonstrate curiosity and open-mindedness when working with diverse populations
  2. identify essential steps in a stress management practice to be used to solve a problem
  3. generate multiple feasible solutions for a personal problem and apply strategies to overcome it



Everything You Need to Make This Easy!

  • Mindful Meditation Activity: “Waves Come and Go”

  • Breathing Poster “Waves Come and Go”

  • “Waves Come and Go” Meditation Steps Writing Activity

  • Board Display Labels

  • 58 Emotion, Sensation, and Feeling Word Cards

  • Emotion, Sensation, Feeling Anchor Chart / White Board Activity

  • "My Feelings Matter" Part 1: Survival Emotions Vocabulary & Writing Activity

  • "My Feelings Matter" Part 2: Mental Feelings Vocabulary & Writing Activity

  • Student Self-Assessment: Identify Emotions and Link them to Mind & Body

  • “Social Emotional Learning Journal" Cover Notebook Activity

  • Color Chart Labels

  • 28 Emotions and Feelings Illustration Cards

  • "Every Feeling Has a Story" Anchor Chart Activity

  • Letter Tiles for Board

  • "Feelings in All of Us” Bulletin Board Display

  • 12 Group Discussion "Situation" Cards

  • "The Story of Two Friends" writing activity with graphic organizers



  • Sample Student Work “Answer Key”

  • The Mindful Toolbox Suggestions for Student Reading

  • Black and White Originals of Unit Pages

Self-Awareness Unit 1: Feelings Matter - 5th Grade & 6th Grade

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