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Emotional Regulation Task Cards

Grade Levels
2nd - 5th, Homeschool
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19 pages
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  1. Do you have students who are easily overwhelmed by their feelings? Who can’t think of more than one solution to a problem, or who have the same kind of huge upset reaction whether they have a paper cut or a death in the family?Emotional regulation is the most important life skill we teach. Many chi
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Emotional self-regulation involves a whole bunch of different skills, like recognizing our own and others’ feeling states, responding proportionately to problems and frustrations, understanding how our behaviors impact others, and keeping or regaining control in the face of strong feelings. Whew!

Whether you’re using Michelle Garcia Winner’s Social Thinking®, Leah Kuypers’ Zones of Regulation®, Mary Sue Williams’ and Sherry Shellenberger’s Alert® program, or Kari Dunn Burton’s Incredible 5-Point Scale®, these task cards will reinforce your teaching of emotional regulation skills and help you see how students are progressing in their understanding. Here are just a few of the many ways you can use them:

-Incorporate cards into a traditional board game by requiring students to answer a question before taking a turn, or create your own board game and use them as question cards

-Explore the depth of students’ understanding by asking deeper follow-up questions for older kids or those with more experience with the concepts

-Play Scoot to get kids moving around the room

-Have teams compete to answer questions

-Use for cooperative partner activities

And here’s a fabulous bonus: by recording students’ responses over time, you’ll have data about how well they’re learning each concept. Operationally defining your students’ current level of performance will make writing your progress notes or IEP goals so much easier!


-60 task cards with multiple choice questions on identifying feelings/levels of arousal, expected & unexpected behavior, size of the problem and size of reaction, triggers, and self-calming strategies

-12 task cards with open response questions related to the same categories

-blank task cards to create your own questions

-2 blank answer sheets (one for 15 responses at a time and one for all 72 responses)

-answer key for multiple choice questions

-instructions for use, including suggestions for checking depth of understanding and recording & reporting student progress

If you’re all about teaching emotional regulation, you may want to consider my Guess What? Game , my Perspective-Taking Comics , or---better yet----my Emotional Regulation Activity Bundle , which includes these task cards as well as several other of my popular emotional regulation products!

And remember to check out my website, www.schoolcounselingfiles.com, for loads of FREE counseling resources and activities!

Graphics by Molly Tillyer and Artifex ; fonts by Cara Carroll and Kimberly Geswein

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