Middle School lessons

Middle School SEL (Social Emotional Learning) Lessons

Supplies needed: journal and writing/ coloring utensils.

General rules:

  • Watch a video

  • Journal and draw in response to the questions.

  • Once done with an activity, talk about it with somebody.

Coping with Teenage Stress

  • Name two things you can do to manage your stress.

  • Decide how you will work at least one of these things into your schedule today.

  • Think about how stress can be both a good and bad thing.

Self Soothe Box

  • Make your own self soothe box by decorating a shoe box or other empty box. Place at least 5 self-soothing items in the box that includes all 5 senses.

  • Share your box with a member of your household.

  • In 10 sentences or less, write how using your self-soothe box helped soothe you when you were upset.

The Science of Kindness

  • How can doing an act of kindness help you, and not just the person you're doing the act of kindness for?

  • Do an act of kindness. Reflect on how it made you feel. Now think of another act of kindness you can do tomorrow.

Dealing With Digital Drama

  • Write down three posts that you or others have made on social media that may have created digital drama.   

  • Re-write those three posts in a way that shows good digital citizenship. 

  • Post something encouraging.

Three Tips to Boost Confidence

  • List 3 people in the world that you believe are confident.   

  • What three actions can you take to build your confidence.  

  • Name a failure that you had but were able to overcome and list how you overcame it.

Why we Loose Control of our Emotions

  • What are some things that cause you to “flip your lid”?

  • Who are the trusted adults in your life that you can talk to if you feel your emotions are getting out of control?

  • What are 3 things you can do to help calm your anxious emotions?

Conflict Resolution

  • Is conflict a part of relationships?

  • What are some ways to communicate conflict in a healthy manner?

  • What is the purpose of a mediator?

What is Empathy?

  • What does it mean to have empathy?

  • Have you ever felt left out or ignored? How did it make you feel?

  • How can you show empathy for others who are frustrated right now?

Think it or Say It

  • Why is it important to keep some thoughts to ourselves?

  • What is an example of something you should think and not say out loud?

  • What is an example of something you can say out loud?

Seeing Someone Else's Side

  • Why is it important to see situations from someone else’s point of view?

  • Can you think of a time when you did or didn’t see someone’s point of view. How could things have been handled differently?

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