Self-Regulation & Self-Control Skills | Elementary Social Emotional Learning

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  1. Use these self-control lessons, activities, and task cards to teach self-control and self-regulation skills. Materials are engaging and interactive to provide practice and support along the way! Make learning these critical social emotional skills fun with this set.Digital and Print VersionsNote tha
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Use these lessons to teach and practice self-control and self-regulation skills! Activities focus on understanding self-control, controlling our bodies, controlling our thoughts, managing emotions, using a social filter before we speak, and controlling our actions to make good decisions.

The resource includes 7 core lessons with a fun train theme with a total of 47 unique activities. Each lesson takes kids through "train stops" of learning self-regulation. Activities include a blend of worksheets, task cards, games, crafts, and more.

Digital Version

A digital version is now included for Google Drive!

How to Use

These lessons and activities can be used in large or small groups by the regular education teacher, special education teacher, or other support professional. These materials can also be used during a morning meeting. Detailed educator guides are included with step-by-step instructions for each activity and student objectives.

Why Teach Self-Control Skills?

Self-control is a critical executive functioning skill that helps students manage their thoughts, behaviors, bodies, words, and emotions. Kids who struggle with self-control might have difficulty following directions, rush through assignments, interrupt others, have trouble staying seated, become easily frustrated, have difficulty regulating their emotions, and more. Simply put, self-regulation skills are necessary life skills.

Table of Contents:

Educator Materials

• Educator Guide

• Parent Letter

• Educator Lesson Plans

Lesson 1: Boarding the Train

• Activity 1: Welcome to the Self-Regulation Station!

• Activity 2: Get Your Ticket

• Activity 3: Assessing My Self-Control

• Activity 4: We All Ride Together

• Activity 5: Be the Conductor

• Activity 6: Thinking of Others

• Activity 7: Stop, Think, & Look Ahead

Lesson 2: Controlling Your Body

• Activity 1: Stop #1: Controlling Your Body

• Activity 2: My Engine

• Activity 3: Fixing My Engine

• Activity 4: Put on the Breaks

• Activity 5: Green Light - Red Light

• Activity 6: Waiting Our Turn

• Activity 7: Being Still

• Activity 8: Keeping Your Body to Yourself

• Activity 9: Conductor Says!

• Activity 10: Guard Duty

Lesson 3: Controlling Your Thoughts

• Activity 1: Stop #2: Controlling Your Thoughts

• Activity 2: Positive Self-Talk

• Activity 3: The Direction of Your Thoughts

• Activity 4: Flexible Thinking

• Activity 5: Stop, Think, Choose Your Thoughts

Lesson 4: Controlling Your Emotions

• Activity 1: Stop #3: Controlling Your Emotions

• Activity 2: Emotions Crossing

• Activity 3: Noticing Emotions

• Activity 4: Levels of Emotions

• Activity 5: Using Thinking to Change Our Route

• Activity 6: Levels of Anger

• Activity 7: Dealing with Anger

• Activity 8: Train Track Breathing

• Activity 9: Choo Choo Choose a Strategy

• Activity 10: Try Not to Laugh

Lesson 5: Controlling Your Words

• Activity 1: Stop #4: Controlling Your Words

• Activity 2: Words Impact Others

• Activity 3: Using Our Social Filter

• Activity 4: Using Our Social Filter Task Cards

• Activity 5: Being Kind to Others

Lesson 6: Controlling Your Actions

• Activity 1: Stop #5: Controlling Your Actions

• Activity 2: Actions Impact Others

• Activity 3: Making a Good Choice

• Activity 4: Dealing with Problems

• Activity 5: Stop, Think, Choose Your Actions

• Activity 6: Don't Hit the Balloon

Lesson 7: Return Home - Let's Review

• Activity 1: Return Home: Let's Review

• Activity 2: My Self-Control Contract

• Activity 3: Assessing My Self-Control

• Activity 4: Certificate

Note that both color and black/white options are included. Upon purchase, you will download a zip file that includes two separate files for the black/white and color options.

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Disclaimer: These resources and materials are for supplementary support/education purposes and not intended as a replacement for counseling, education, or other necessary supports. Educators, parents, counselors, and others who utilize these materials are encouraged to seek out additional support, as needed.


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