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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
Resolving Conflicts
Island of the Blue Dolphins Activities
More Popular Social/Emotional Printables

Lesson Plans

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


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

Feelings & Emotions

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

Social Skills

Positive Classroom Behavior
Class Meetings
The Golden Rule
Similar and Different
It Could Happen to You
What About Fighting?
Tape Recorder Fight Role Play
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
Defense Mechanisms Used to Cope With Death
How It Went Down Common Core Teacher's Guide
When Zachary Beaver Came to Town Common Core Teacher's Guide
A Monster Calls Discussion Guide
After the River the Sun Classroom Guide
The Secret Hum of a Daisy Common Core Educator's Guide
Development of a Child's Understanding of Death
Ways to Help Others Grieve
Death and the Grief Reaction Process
Intervention Strategies for Terminal Illness
Relationship Between Crisis and Special Education
Common Strategies Used to Cope With Death
Impact of Death on Students with Exceptionalities
Wintergirls Discussion Guide
Remembering Mrs. Rossi Teacher's Guide
Strays 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

Literature & Social/Emotional Issues Connected

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

History & Social Studies Resources

The Middle Ages: Life on a Manor Activity Packet
Rosa Parks Coloring Page
Exploring Cultural Points of View
Cooperation Cards
Martin Luther King Jr Coloring Page
The Report Card Teacher's Guide
Poptropica Teaching Guide: Mythology Island
More Popular History & Social Studies Resources for Emotional Issues

Science & Social/Emotional Issues Connected

Hurricane Song Discussion Guide
Disasters – Natural and Unnatural
Reading Guide for The Underneath
Muchos Sentimientos
Flooding Safety
Family Disaster Plan
Disaster Supply Kit
More Science Resources on Social & Emotional Issues

Discussing Natural Disasters

Intervention Strategies for Disaster
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
I Can Speak the Magic Words in Many Languages
Table Manners Scoring Rubric
Friendship Listening Center
More Language Arts Resources on Social & Emotional Issues

Writing & Social/Emotional Issues Connected

Ways to Raise Money for Charity
What is Friendship?
Cooperation Captions
Daily Journal Topics: Friends Forever
Caring for Sick Loved Ones
Art and the World Around Us
Homelessness in Australia
More Writing Activities on Social & Emotional Issues

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Drug Prevention Resources
Eating Disorders Prevention and Awareness Resources

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