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Social & Emotional Issues - Teacher Resources

Help develop your students' social skills, emotional skills, and quality of character. These printables, lessons, and other resources will supply guidelines and advice for addressing social and emotional issues. You'll find literature guides that deal with friendship, love, and bullying, advice on conflict-resolution, tips for talking to your students about war, death, and violence, help with understanding your students' development and social skills, and many other cross-curricular activities to use in your classroom. From writing to math, we have plenty of resources to help you deal with your students' social and emotional issues.


Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out Discussion Guide
Feeling Words Chart
My Friend Writing Printable
Facial Expressions Chart
Resolving Conflicts
Certificate of Outstanding Performance
Similar and Different
More Popular Social/Emotional Printables

Lesson Plans

Many Ways to Resolve Conflict
Acting Out Conflict
Remembering Names
Exploring the Nature of Conflict
Talk It Out Together
Similar and Different
More Social/Emotional Lesson Plans


Resolution Vocabulary
Third Grade Basic Skills
Seventh Grade Basic Skills
Declaration of Sentiments
The Story of Labor Day
Fifth Grade Basic Skills
Hurricane Resource: High Winds
More Social/Emotional References

Conflict Resolution Resources

Popular Conflict Resolution Resources
What's So Bad or Good About Conflict?
Responding to Conflict Amongst Young Children
Five Styles of Handling Children's Conflicts
Picture the Conflict
Controversial Issues: Conflicts in Society
Survey About Conflict and Me
More Popular Conflict Resolution Resources

Bullying Resources

Socially Inappropriate Behaviors
Dealing with Technology in the Classroom
Bully-Proof Your Classroom
Adam Canfield, Watch Your Back! Discussion Guide
Fight Bullying With Books!: A Guide for Teachers, Librarians, Parents and Caregivers
Bullying Prevention Resources
Cyberbullying: The Downside of New Media Technology
Dork in Disguise, Dork on the Run, and Midsummer Night's Dork Teaching Guide
A Guide to Teaching Terry Trueman's Cruise Control, Inside Out, and Stuck in Neutral
Laws Against School Bullying
Discussion Guide for Emma-Jean Books by Lauren Tarshis
Touching Spirit Bear and Ghost of Spirit Bear Reading Guide
Educator's Guide to the World of Patricia Polacco
Shooter Reading Guide
Discussion Guide to Bystander
Bluefish Classroom Ideas
Think Twice, Play Nice: Using the Power of Children's Literature to Take a Stand Against Bullying
Pledge to Play Nice! Children's Literature Activities
Educator's Guide for Playground

Feelings & Emotions

Galactic Hot Dogs Teaching Guide: Episodes 5-8
Intervention Strategies for Suicide
Background Information -- Understanding Different Points of View
School Disruption -- Nonviolent and Violent
Impact of Disruption on Students with Exceptionalities
Talking With Children About War and Violence In the World
Emotion Similes
More Popular Resources on Feelings & Emotions

Social Skills

Positive Classroom Behavior
Class Meetings
The Golden Rule
Identify the Resolution
It Could Happen to You
Follow Me Freeze
What About Fighting?
More Popular Resources on Social Skills

Dealing with Death

When Zachary Beaver Came to Town Common Core Teacher's Guide
Relationship Between Crisis and Special Education
Impact of Death on Students with Exceptionalities
Death and the Grief Reaction Process
Remembering Mrs. Rossi Teacher's Guide
Development of a Child's Understanding of Death
Defense Mechanisms Used to Cope With Death
Common Strategies Used to Cope With Death
Ways to Help Others Grieve
Intervention Strategies for Terminal Illness
September 11, 2001: Attack on New York City Teacher's Guide
If I Stay and Where She Went Discussion Guide
Wintergirls Discussion Guide
Milo: Sticky Notes and Brain Freeze Discussion Guide
After the Wreck, I Picked Myself Up, Spread My Wings, and Flew Away Reading Guide
The Leanin' Dog Reading Guide
Strays Discussion Guide
A Monster Calls Discussion Guide
How It Went Down Common Core Teacher's Guide
After the River the Sun Classroom Guide

Literature & Social/Emotional Issues Connected

Poptropica Teaching Guide: Mythology Island
Maniac Magee Literature Guide
Island of the Blue Dolphins Activities
My Side of the Mountain
Paper Towns Discussion Guide
Seedfolks Teacher's Guide
A Tale of Two Cities
More Popular Literature Resources for Social/Emotional Issues

Art & Social/Emotional Issues Connected

Friends Are Fun! Bulletin Board
Cooperation Quilt
Friends Across the Wall
Changing Feelings
Build a Friend
I Am a Friend Mobile
I Think I Can "Conductor's Cap"
More Art Activities about Social/Emotional Issues

History & Social Studies Resources

Poptropica Teaching Guide: 24 Carrot Island
Table Manners
Understanding Discrimination
A Friendship Award
Rosa Parks Coloring Page
The Middle Ages: Life on a Manor Activity Packet
Prejudice: Balanced or Biased?
More Popular History & Social Studies Resources for Emotional Issues

Science & Social/Emotional Issues Connected

Disasters – Natural and Unnatural
Hurricane Resource: Storm Surge
Healthy Teeth
Hurricane Song Discussion Guide
Flooding Safety
Left-Handers Are All Right
How Are We Different?
More Science Resources on Social & Emotional Issues

Discussing Natural Disasters

Intervention Strategies for Disaster
Disaster Supply Kit
Family Disaster Plan
More Natural Disasters Resources for Teachers

Language Arts & Social/Emotional Issues Connected

Morse Code
Friendly Interview
Pygmalion Teacher's Guide
Table Manners Scoring Rubric
Sign It, Don't Say It
I Can Speak the Magic Words in Many Languages
The Words You Speak
More Language Arts Resources on Social & Emotional Issues

Writing & Social/Emotional Issues Connected

Daily Journal Topics: Friends Forever
I'd Prefer... (Solving Conundrums)
Gun Safety—What Would You Do?
Be a Peacemaker
"Flowers of Love" Thank You Writing Activity
How Do You Feel?
Peace Pledge
More Writing Activities on Social & Emotional Issues

Related Resources

Suicide Prevention and Awareness Resources
Drug Prevention Resources
Eating Disorders Prevention and Awareness Resources


Teaching Racism & Discrimination in America
The issues of racism, prejudice, and discrimination have plagued the United States since it was founded, and racially motivated killings still occur with frequency today. Help your students understand the historical contexts of racism—with references on slavery, immigration, and the civil rights movement—to frame your conversation on modern instances of prejudice.

Poptropica Teaching Guides
Poptropica is one of the Internet's most popular sites for kids—and now it's available as an app for the iPad! It's not just a place to play games; each of the islands featured on the site provides a learning opportunity. Check out our teaching guides to four of Poptropica's islands: 24 Carrot Island, Time Tangled Island, Mystery Train Island, and Mythology Island.

Teaching with Comics: Galactic Hot Dogs
Reach reluctant readers and English-language learners with comics! Our original teaching guides to the Galactic Hot Dogs comic series (chapters 1-4 and 5-8), as found on Funbrain.com (and now in print!), will take students on a cosmic adventure while engaging their creative minds. Plus, find even more activities for teaching with comics, featuring many other classic stories.

July Calendar of Events
July is full events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: Canada Day (7/1), Independence Day (7/4/1776), World Population Day (7/11), Bastille Day in France (7/14), National Ice Cream Day (7/19), First Moon Landing (7/20/1969), World War I Began (7/28/1914), Author J.K. Rowling's Birthday (7/31/1965). Plus, celebrate Read an Almanac Month and Recreation and Parks Month all July long!

Interested in using different types of media in your classroom? We have a growing collection of videos, with related activities, for holidays and events, including: Independence Day, slavery & the Civil War, American History, U.S. Presidents, handwashing awareness, the Common Core, women's history, Memorial Day, and the environment. Enjoy!

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