Read alouds are an excellent way to begin a lesson or to initiate conversations with students about topics that may be tricky to talk about as a group. Oftentimes, social emotional issues can be uncomfortable for students to discuss, as they may feel like they are the only ones dealing with certain things, or that others will judge them for expressing their feelings. Read alouds help show students that these issues and feelings are so common that someone actually wrote a book about them. They don't have to be afraid to share how they feel!
There are five major components to social emotional learning: self awareness, self management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision making. Other important concepts include cooperation skills, problem solving, and growth mindset. The activities in this guide include a specific read aloud for each of these components, additional recommended reading for each concept, and an independent activity for students to complete after the read aloud. The activities allow students to work individually, engaging with the story and their own emotional connections at the same time.
Don't forget to check out our other lesson plan for Social Emotional Learning!
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