Social and emotional learning is just as critical to students’ academic achievement and success in college and careers as mastering math, science and reading. Unlike teaching multiplication, teaching social and emotional skills takes a more subtle approach and should be woven into subject area lessons and daily classroom activities. These three games are a great way to start the day, give students a break between lessons, or to make a rainy day recess period a learning period too.

Anger Catcher

Help your students realize that they are in control of their choices. They are the ones who decide how their feelings impact their words, thoughts, and behavior. Brush up on your origami skills with this activity to help students learn how to manage feelings of anger.

Kindness Bingo

Foster a caring environment in your classroom with Kindness Bingo. This spin on the classic game will encourage your students to be kind to others and can be used with students of all ages.

Emotions Scavenger Hunt

Observing others is a great way for students to explore and understand emotions. This game works well in small groups and helps students build emotional awareness, perspective taking, whole body listening, and social skills.

These are just a few ideas to teach social and emotional skills to your students. Click here for even more activities that you can do in your classroom to promote social and emotional learning.

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