SEL Emotional Health and Anxiety (PowerPoint, Printables & Discussion Cards)

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Are you concerned about the emotional health of your students and looking to develop a responsive classroom by incorporating SEL social and emotional learning?

We all want our students to be healthy, and so we teach them about good nutrition and exercise. Fair enough! But what about their emotional health?

I don’t know about you, but over the last few years especially, I have noticed more and more students suffering from feelings of anxiety. They’re struggling to manage these overwhelming emotions that are stemming from cultural changes of modern life. Academic stress (that is starting younger and younger), personal life and the pressures of social media are all playing their role and taking their toll.

So, in an effort to help my students, and yours too, I have created this unit on Emotional Health which explores all the emotions that we feel and how a build up of them can sometimes lead to anxiety, as well as strategies for dealing with them.

No prior knowledge or experience from you is required! Everything is laid out for you ready to teach. The PowerPoint guides you through each point of the lesson with plenty of discussion points and activities to keep students engaged and reflecting on their learning.

Also included are graphic organizer printables which are supplementary to the PowerPoint: they’re not a requirement, but they work as a helpful tool for students to record their thoughts in an aesthetically pleasing way that can then be used for bulletin board displays etc. You will also find a set of discussion cards for students to discuss the topic of emotions and get the conversation going about something that is rarely talked about openly. This unit can be used as whole group, small group, or even for 1:1 counselling.

Product includes:

• 24 slide PowerPoint

• 11 printables of graphic organizers

• 6 scenarios to analyze

• 24 discussion cards

Students will learn:

• To identify different types of emotions

• What emotions are and why we have them

• Why people have different emotions to the same scenario

• How understanding emotions can help us

• Helpful vs unhelpful emotions

• What to do when an emotion is unhelpful

• What to do when emotions are overwhelming

• Physical and emotional effects of anxiety

• Worries and concerns that can cause anxiety
• How to help ease anxiety

• Short term and long term strategies for anxiety

Let's break the stigma on openly talking about emotions and feelings. It doesn't have to be something done in therapy alone, we all have emotions and our students need to learn why we have them and how we can manage them too.

I have found teaching this unit is effective in morning meetings with tutor / advisory classes or as whole life skills lessons too, depending on how much time you can allocate. It is such a valuable topic to talk to our students about. Thank you for all you do to make a difference in young peoples’ lives!

Great for Social Skills, Life skills and PSHE (Physical, Social, Health Education) lessons.


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Total Pages
36 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
3 hours
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