SEL Picture Book Recommendations for Kids:
One way to address Social Emotional Learning is by reading books to children. It can be a great conversation starter!
Here are some recommendations (many, I have used during my Library time instruction). I am listing the topic with the book title. To make it easier for you, I have linked a youtube read aloud to the book's title.
- You Will Be My Friend
- My Mouth is a Volcano
- Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse
- Lacey Walker, Nonstop Talker
- Clark the Shark
- David Gets in Trouble
- We're All Wonders
- We Don't Eat Our Classmates
- The Invisible String
- Pass It On
- Because Amelia Smiled
- Ordinary Mary's Extraordinary Deed
- The Crayon Box That Talked
- Pink Is For Boys
- Millie Fierce
- Julian Is A Mermaid
- It's OK To Be Different
- Extraordinary Jane
Social Emotional Learning (SEL):
A big part of teaching a Physical Education Class!
- Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Standards are explained in this SEL (printable) Google Slide Presentation.
- You can use the following SEL idea at home, but I use it as part of my P.E. Class routine. Establishing a "Cool Down" Corner helps a child self regulate and "cool down" to feel better: Printable Cool Down Corner Activity
- Other resources: What Do I Do When I Lose A Game? and What Do I Do When I Win A Game?
Our district has been using resources taken from the Character Strong website this year to promote SEL. Below you will find four of their videos, taken from their website.
The first video is on the topic of Kindness, called "Color Your World With Kindness" . After watching the video with your child, you might discuss:
- What did Kindness look like in the video?
- What was your favorite act of Kindness?
- How did you see the definition of Kindness come to life in the video?
- How does Kindness spread with these characters? How can it spread in our class? Our school?
The second video is an animated short video on the topic of Gratitude, called "Last Shot". After watching that video, some conversation starters might be:
- Is the girl grateful for her camera in the beginning?
The camera becomes broken and the girl throws it away. Does that mean she isn’t grateful for it anymore?
The camera finds a new way to make pictures. Why is the camera grateful for the girl?
Does something have to be “good” or “unbroken” for us to be grateful for it?
The third video is about Respect, called "My Whole World Turned Upside Down". Some possible conversation starters might be:
How do you think it felt when Stellaluna realized that she was hanging upside down? Why does it seem like her whole world has turned upside down? Do you think it’s important to respect the ways of others even if they’re different from yours? Why?
Despite many differences, Stellaluna came to really care about her bird family. What can we learn from her about acceptance and Respect?
Do you have friends that are different from you in some way? Have your differences ever caused problems? How did you resolve those problems?
The fourth video is about Perseverance, called "Funny Llama Drama". Some conversation starters:
- What is the Llama's goal? What gets in the way?
- Have you ever felt like the Llama? In what way?
- How does the Llama work through this situation even though there are obstacles in the way? Did the Llama have other options?