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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.


Certificate of Outstanding Performance
Acts of Kindness Award
Special Achievement Award
Feeling Words Chart
Hooray Certificates
The Little Engine That Could: Activity Booklet
Island of the Blue Dolphins Activities
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Lesson Plans

Many Ways to Resolve Conflict
Acting Out Conflict
Talk It Out Together
Table Manners
Exploring the Nature of Conflict
Similar and Different
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Resolution Vocabulary
Third Grade Basic Skills
Dwight D. Eisenhower's Little Rock Response
Drug Use by Americans, 12 Years and Older
Fourth Grade Basic Skills
Fifth Grade Basic Skills
Sixth Grade Basic Skills
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Conflict Resolution Resources

Resolving Conflicts
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
More Popular Conflict Resolution Resources

Bullying Resources

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

Feelings & Emotions

Galactic Hot Dogs Teaching Guide: Episodes 5-8
Tess of the D'Urbervilles Literature Guide
Emotion Similes
Death and the Grief Reaction Process
Talking With Children About War and Violence In the World
Background Information -- Understanding Different Points of View
Intervention Strategies for Suicide
More Popular Resources on Feelings & Emotions

Social Skills

Positive Classroom Behavior
Class Meetings
The Golden Rule
Sorting Out Feelings
It Could Happen to You
Remembering Names
Tape Recorder Fight Role Play
More Popular Resources on Social Skills

Dealing with Death

If I Stay and Where She Went Discussion 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
Relationship Between Crisis and Special Education
Impact of Death on Students with Exceptionalities
Intervention Strategies for Terminal Illness
Remembering Mrs. Rossi Teacher's Guide
September 11, 2001: Attack on New York City Teacher's Guide
Wintergirls Discussion 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
The Leanin' Dog Reading Guide
How It Went Down Common Core Teacher's Guide
After the River the Sun Classroom Guide
A Monster Calls Discussion Guide

Literature & Social/Emotional Issues Connected

Poptropica Teaching Guide: Mythology Island
Maniac Magee Literature Guide
The Taming of the Shrew
My Side of the Mountain
A Tale of Two Cities
Little Engine Labels
Paper Towns Discussion Guide
More Popular Literature Resources for Social/Emotional Issues

Art & Social/Emotional Issues Connected

Facial Expressions Chart
Friends Are Fun! Bulletin Board
Friends Across the Wall
Cooperation Quilt
Build a Friend
What Color is Love?
Changing Feelings
More Art Activities about Social/Emotional Issues

History & Social Studies Resources

My Friend Writing Printable
Poptropica Teaching Guide: 24 Carrot Island
A Friendship Award
The Middle Ages: Life on a Manor Activity Packet
Has the Past Been Just? Handouts
Seedfolks Teacher's Guide
Has the Past Been Just?
More Popular History & Social Studies Resources for Emotional Issues

Science & Social/Emotional Issues Connected

Disasters – Natural and Unnatural
Animal Survival Instincts
Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World Discussion Guide
Teacher's Guide to Jerk, California
Disaster Supply Kit
Left-Handers Are All Right
Healthy Teeth
More Science Resources on Social & Emotional Issues

Discussing Natural Disasters

Intervention Strategies for Disaster
Hurricane Resource: High Winds
Hurricane Resource: Storm Surge
Hurricane Song Discussion Guide
Family Disaster Plan
Flooding Safety
More Natural Disasters Resources for Teachers

Language Arts & Social/Emotional Issues Connected

Morse Code
No English Teacher's Guide
Friendly Interview
Sign It, Don't Say It
Pygmalion Teacher's Guide
The Words You Speak
Table Manners Scoring Rubric
More Language Arts Resources on Social & Emotional Issues

Writing & Social/Emotional Issues Connected

What is Friendship?
"Flowers of Love" Thank You Writing Activity
A Friendly Note
Daily Journal Topics: Friends Forever
A Reader's Companion to Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie
Be a Peacemaker
Gun Safety—What Would You Do?
More Writing Activities on Social & Emotional Issues

Related Resources

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


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May Calendar of Events
May is full events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: Backyard Games Week (5/18-25), Buy a Musical Instrument Day (5/22), and Memorial Day (5/25). Plus, celebrate Asian-Pacific-American Heritage Month, Inventors Month, Physical Fitness & Sports Month, and Water Safety Month!

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, 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.

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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.

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