Social Emotional Learning (SEL) skills are huge in the world of education right now. They are skills that are needed for a successful, productive and happy school year (and life!) for students and their classmates. There are SO many ways to incorporate these skills into the classroom year round! Need more SEL activities and resources to help cement these skills? Check out the newest product from Lucky Little Learners: SEL Toothy!
First off, are you new to Toothy? If so, check out the helpful blog posts below:
Toothy is so engaging for students, is self-correcting AND is available in printable and digital formats in SEVERAL subject areas! Check out all Toothy products HERE.
Ok, back to SEL Toothy and ways to use it throughout the year… Below is a guide and resources galore!
SEL Activities: One Skill at a Time
SEL Toothy covers 30 topics! Yes 30! That would be way too many skills to introduce at once! Best practice would be to add in a skill a week, until they are covered. This makes SEL Toothy perfect for use throughout the full school year!
SEL Toothy Featured Skills:
Wow that is a lot!
How to incorporate SEL Skills ( and SEL Toothy) into your schedule? See below!
SEL Activities: A Weekly Guide
Let’s say you’re teaching cooperation. Start by using a picture book/video to introduce the topic. Click HERE for a previous post that lists must use books and video links for teaching Cooperation.
Here is a book that makes a GREAT introduction to the concept of cooperation: (Note: This is an Amazon Affiliate link.)
After reading a book/watching the video, create a class anchor chart with the following question at the top: What does cooperation look like?
Write about it! Each week students can write about a time they used the SEL skill, or had it used towards them. The prompt for cooperation could be: “Tell about a time you cooperated with a classmate”. Or “Tell about a time a friend cooperated with you.” Students can then share their writing with the class to illustrate all the ways cooperation happens daily!
Discuss it! Either reread the book from Monday or read another picture book that focuses on your SEL skill. (Check out THIS blog post for a list of books listed by SEL skill.)
This time, give each student a post-it note and have them list an example they see the focus skill being used in the story. (Bonus activity: if it fits with the book you are using, have them list a time when the focus skill was not applied in the story. Example, for the skill cooperation, students could list when the characters were arguing.)
Get crafty! Have students draw a picture of cooperation in action, create a word poster for cooperation, or use an already made coloring sheet from Lucky Little Learner’s SEL curriculum. (Yes, we have a WHOLE SEL curriculum! This MEGA resource includes songs, videos, coloring sheets, crafts and other weekly activities! See it HERE.)
The posters could be displayed around the school to spread the message!
Toothy time!! As an end of week wrap up, have students play the Toothy set that matches your focus SEL skill. This can be done whole group (teacher reads the task card aloud, calls on a volunteer to answer and shows the class the answer -then they draw a tooth if correct), with a small group/partners or individually. Since this resource is available in printed and digital format, it can be assigned for distance learners OR as a tech station as well!
Hopefully this helps you navigate using SEL activities AND SEL Toothy in your classroom!
Remember, we are better together!