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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.


Cyber Bullying: A Guide for Teachers
Feeling Words Chart
My Friend Writing Printable
Facial Expressions Chart
Similar and Different
Morse Code
Paper Towns Discussion Guide
More Popular Social/Emotional Printables

Lesson Plans

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


Resolution Vocabulary
Third Grade Basic Skills
The Story of Labor Day
Fifth Grade Basic Skills
Hurricane Resource: Storm Surge
Negro League Baseball
Drug Use by Americans, 12 Years and Older
More Social/Emotional References

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

Feelings & Emotions

Galactic Hot Dogs Teaching Guide: Episodes 5-8
Death and the Grief Reaction Process
Emotion Similes
School Disruption -- Nonviolent and Violent
The Demeter Project: Community Mentors
Impact of Death on Students with Exceptionalities
Impact of Disruption on Students with Exceptionalities
More Popular Resources on Feelings & Emotions

Social Skills

Positive Classroom Behavior
Class Meetings
The Golden Rule
What Is a Peaceable Classroom?
Follow Me Freeze
It Could Happen to You
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
A Monster Calls Discussion Guide
Relationship Between Crisis and Special Education
Ways to Help Others Grieve
Defense Mechanisms Used to Cope With Death
Common Strategies Used to Cope With Death
Intervention Strategies for Terminal Illness
Development of a Child's Understanding of Death
Remembering Mrs. Rossi Teacher's Guide
If I Stay and Where She Went Discussion Guide
Wintergirls Discussion Guide
The Leanin' Dog Reading Guide
Strays Discussion Guide
After the Wreck, I Picked Myself Up, Spread My Wings, and Flew Away Reading Guide
When Zachary Beaver Came to Town Common Core Teacher's Guide
How It Went Down Common Core Teacher's Guide
After the River the Sun Classroom Guide
Milo: Sticky Notes and Brain Freeze Discussion Guide

Literature & Social/Emotional Issues Connected

Maniac Magee Literature Guide
Island of the Blue Dolphins Activities
Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out Discussion Guide
My Side of the Mountain
Poptropica Teaching Guide: Mythology Island
A Tale of Two Cities
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
Changing Feelings
Look at Me Book
I Am a Friend Mobile
More Art Activities about Social/Emotional Issues

History & Social Studies Resources

Exploring Cultural Points of View
Poptropica Teaching Guide: 24 Carrot Island
Table Manners
Silas Marner
The Taming of the Shrew
The Middle Ages: Life on a Manor Activity Packet
Cooperation Cards
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
Healthy Teeth
How Are We Different?
Locating Directions by the Sun
More Science Resources on Social & Emotional Issues

Discussing Natural Disasters

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

Language Arts & Social/Emotional Issues Connected

Table Manners Scoring Rubric
Friendly Interview
Sign It, Don't Say It
Pygmalion Teacher's Guide
The Words You Speak
A Katie Kazoo Collection
Friendship Listening Center
More Language Arts Resources on Social & Emotional Issues

Writing & Social/Emotional Issues Connected

I'd Prefer... (Solving Conundrums)
Friends: Same/Different
Understanding Discrimination
Daily Journal Topics: Friends Forever
What is Friendship?
Be a Peacemaker
Gun Safety—What Would You Do?
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: World War I Began (7/28/1914) and 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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