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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.


My Friend Writing Printable
Similar and Different
Feeling Words Chart
Facial Expressions Chart
Morse Code
Island of the Blue Dolphins Activities
Resolving Conflicts
More Popular Social/Emotional Printables

Lesson Plans

Many Ways to Resolve Conflict
Acting Out Conflict
Talk It Out Together
Exploring the Nature of Conflict
Table Manners
Follow Me Freeze
More Social/Emotional Lesson Plans


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

Feelings & Emotions

Background Information -- Understanding Different Points of View
Emotion Similes
Full of Feelings
School Disruption -- Nonviolent and Violent
Intervention Strategies for Suicide
Tess of the D'Urbervilles Literature Guide
Talking With Children About War and Violence In the World
More Popular Resources on Feelings & Emotions

Social Skills

Positive Classroom Behavior
Class Meetings
The Golden Rule
Similar and Different
What About Fighting?
Sorting Out Feelings
It Could Happen to You
More Popular Resources on Social Skills

Dealing with Death

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

Literature & Social/Emotional Issues Connected

Maniac Magee Literature Guide
My Side of the Mountain
A Tale of Two Cities
The Taming of the Shrew
Seedfolks Teacher's Guide
Silas Marner
Thirteen Reasons Why Discussion Guide
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
What Color is Love?
Build a Friend
Helper Coupons
More Art Activities about Social/Emotional Issues

History & Social Studies Resources

The Middle Ages: Life on a Manor Activity Packet
Exploring Cultural Points of View
Cooperation Cards
Rosa Parks Coloring Page
Hurricane Song Discussion Guide
The Report Card Teacher's Guide
Purple Heart Reading Guide
More Popular History & Social Studies Resources for Emotional Issues

Science & Social/Emotional Issues Connected

Disasters – Natural and Unnatural
Reading Guide for The Underneath
Left-Handers Are All Right
Caring for Sick Loved Ones
Muchos Sentimientos
Disaster Supply Kit
Family Disaster Plan
More Science Resources on Social & Emotional Issues

Discussing Natural Disasters

Intervention Strategies for Disaster
Flooding Safety
Hurricane Resource: Storm Surge
More Natural Disasters Resources for Teachers

Language Arts & Social/Emotional Issues Connected

Remembering Names
Friendly Interview
Pygmalion Teacher's Guide
The Words You Speak
Table Manners Scoring Rubric
Friendship Listening Center
A Katie Kazoo Collection
More Language Arts Resources on Social & Emotional Issues

Writing & Social/Emotional Issues Connected

Cooperation Captions
Ways to Raise Money for Charity
What is Friendship?
Planting the Seeds of Peace
Be a Peacemaker
Gun Safety—What Would You Do?
I'd Prefer... (Solving Conundrums)
More Writing Activities on Social & Emotional Issues

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Drug Prevention Resources
Eating Disorders Prevention and Awareness Resources

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