SEL Lessons

Teach students how to manage their emotions and make good decisions with social-emotional learning lesson plans.

An education in social-emotional learning can leave students better equipped to deal with conflict, recognize their emotions, and make good decisions for themselves and others!

Our SEL activities help students put these concepts into practice both in and outside of the classroom.

Some of our most popular lessons and activities are:

Social-Emotional Learning Examples

SEL is a broad subject, but the skills that fall under it are all easy to recognize and related to one another.

Our introduction to mental health is a good primer for teachers looking to teach their students about these skills. Our lessons about building healthy friendships and providing service to the community are good primers for how students can relate to others. 

Social-emotional learning is meant to be practical, and our lessons reflect that, such as this lesson about using coping skills to regulate anger and anxiety. Topics such as managing emotions and conflict resolution skills provide the tools we need to constructively work through problems and build strong relationships as we do so. 

One of the most important aspects of SEL is to teach us to build strong and lasting relationships with others. This involves empathy for others and goes hand-in-hand with teaching students to celebrate and accept others no matter their differences. 

What is Social-Emotional Learning?

SEL helps to provide “a foundation for safe and positive learning” for students of all backgrounds.

Students learn to manage their own thoughts, behaviors and emotions, and to work through conflicts they face.

The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) offers a five-point framework for understanding these skills:

  • Self-awareness: Recognize your own thoughts, emotions, and behaviors.

  • Self-management: Manage your own thoughts, behavior, and emotions.

  • Social awareness: Relate and empathize with other people.

  • Relationship skills: Establish and maintain positive relationships.

  • Decision-making: Make good and responsible decisions.

What are the Benefits of SEL?

Studies have shown that SEL instruction is correlated with better outcomes later in life! 

For example, this 2017 study of 97,406 K-12 students found that students who were exposed to SEL instruction “fared significantly better than controls in social-emotional skills, attitudes, and indicators of well-being.” 

This 2011 meta-analysis similarly found that students exposed to SEL instruction “demonstrated significantly improved social and emotional skills, attitudes, behavior, and academic performance that reflected an 11-percentile-point gain in achievement.”

SEL Activities You Can Do From Anywhere

Social-emotional instruction is meant to be explicit and applicable to our lives, meaning that teachers will need to adapt their lessons to fit the circumstances and meet student expectations. 

Our Daily SEL Activities include fun and open-ended prompts that will get students connecting with one another and into a proper mindset to retain new information. Our Brain Breaks similarly provide quick stress-relievers that can be thrown into lesson plans for a nice change of pace.

With Gynzy it's easy to combine our SEL lessons with other lessons to build a cohesive lesson plan that keeps students engaged!

Who Creates Gynzy Lessons?

Our lessons are created by a team of Gynzy Authors. All lessons follow the same basic structure and are reviewed internally before publication.

Gynzy helps you save time on lesson planning because you lessons from our library as-is, or as a starting point to customize them to the needs of your classroom!