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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
Feeling Words Chart
Similar and Different
Resolving Conflicts
Facial Expressions Chart
My Side of the Mountain
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
Table Manners
Similar and Different
Exploring the Nature of Conflict
More Social/Emotional Lesson Plans


Resolution Vocabulary
Second Grade Basic Skills
Drug Use by Americans, 12 Years and Older
Fifth Grade Basic Skills
Fourth Grade Basic Skills
Declaration of Sentiments
The Story of Labor Day
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
Shooter Reading Guide
Touching Spirit Bear and Ghost of Spirit Bear Reading Guide
Bullying Prevention Resources
A Guide to Teaching Terry Trueman's Cruise Control, Inside Out, and Stuck in Neutral
Cyberbullying: The Downside of New Media Technology
Adam Canfield, Watch Your Back! Discussion Guide
Discussion Guide to Bystander
Fight Bullying With Books!: A Guide for Teachers, Librarians, Parents and Caregivers
Educator's Guide for Playground
Think Twice, Play Nice: Using the Power of Children's Literature to Take a Stand Against Bullying
Cyber Bullying: A Guide for Teachers
Dork in Disguise, Dork on the Run, and Midsummer Night's Dork Teaching Guide
Bluefish Classroom Ideas
Educator's Guide to the World of Patricia Polacco
Discussion Guide for Emma-Jean Books by Lauren Tarshis
Laws Against School Bullying
Pledge to Play Nice! Children's Literature Activities

Feelings & Emotions

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

Social Skills

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

Dealing with Death

Common Strategies Used to Cope With Death
September 11, 2001: Attack on New York City Teacher's Guide
Wintergirls Discussion Guide
If I Stay and Where She Went Discussion Guide
A Monster Calls Discussion Guide
The Leanin' Dog Reading Guide
Development of a Child's Understanding of Death
Intervention Strategies for Terminal Illness
Ways to Help Others Grieve
Relationship Between Crisis and Special Education
Impact of Death on Students with Exceptionalities
Defense Mechanisms Used to Cope With Death
Remembering Mrs. Rossi Teacher's Guide
Milo: Sticky Notes and Brain Freeze Discussion Guide
How It Went Down Common Core Teacher's Guide
After the River the Sun Classroom Guide
When Zachary Beaver Came to Town Common Core Teacher's Guide
The Secret Hum of a Daisy Common Core Educator's Guide
Strays 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
A Tale of Two Cities
The Taming of the Shrew
Poptropica Teaching Guide: Mythology Island
Seedfolks Teacher's Guide
Silas Marner
The Little Engine That Could: Activity Booklet
More Popular Literature Resources for Social/Emotional Issues

Art & Social/Emotional Issues Connected

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

History & Social Studies Resources

The Middle Ages: Life on a Manor Activity Packet
Martin Luther King Jr Coloring Page
Has the Past Been Just?
Rosa Parks Coloring Page
Exploring Cultural Points of View
Katie Kazoo: Talk About Friendship and Jealousy
Human Rights and Responsibilities
More Popular History & Social Studies Resources for Emotional Issues

Science & Social/Emotional Issues Connected

Disasters – Natural and Unnatural
Left-Handers Are All Right
Hurricane Resource: High Winds
Locating Directions by the Sun
Animal Survival Instincts
Teacher's Guide to Jerk, California
Healthy Teeth
More Science Resources on Social & Emotional Issues

Discussing Natural Disasters

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

Language Arts & Social/Emotional Issues Connected

Morse Code
Friendly Interview
Pygmalion Teacher's Guide
I Can Speak the Magic Words in Many Languages
Friendship Listening Center
Remembering Names
Table Manners Scoring Rubric
More Language Arts Resources on Social & Emotional Issues

Writing & Social/Emotional Issues Connected

My Personal Goals
"Flowers of Love" Thank You Writing Activity
Daily Journal Topics: Friends Forever
I'd Prefer... (Solving Conundrums)
Understanding Discrimination
An Interview with a Friend
What is Friendship?
More Writing Activities on Social & Emotional Issues

Related Resources

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

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