Social Emotional Learning Curriculum | 1st Grade | LEVEL 1 | Social Skills

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    Guide | Family Letter | Curriculum Intro


    This social skills and social emotional learning full curriculum "The Best Of Me" for Level 1 (Similar to 1st Grade) covers the areas of  self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making and social.

    This curriculum is also appropriate for grade levels K-2nd depending on the lessons you are looking for, but is divided into the Level 1 - 1st Grade Curriculum. There is also a Level Pre-K, Level K and Level 2 Curriculum in my store.

    Includes: 25 Social-Emotional Lessons

    •5 lessons on Self-Awareness

    1. Perseverance
    2. Disappointment - What Does It Mean?
    3. Big Or Little Problem?
    4. Appreciating Differences - Diversity
    5. Affirmations

    •5 lessons on Social Awareness

    1. Thinking Of Others
    2. Body Language
    3. Bucket Filler
    4. Acts Of Kindness
    5. Compliments

    •5 lessons on self-management

    1. Asking For Help
    2. Accepting The Answer No
    3. Frustration
    4. Sportsmanship -"It's Not Fair!"
    5. Patience

    •5 lessons on relationship skills

    1. Listening & Responding
    2. Friendship
    3. Peacemaker or Peacebreaker
    4. I Can Use My Words
    5. Problem Solving

    •5 lessons on responsible decision-making

    1. Responsible Decisions
    2. Telling or Tattling?
    3. Healthy Choices
    4. Exercise
    5. Stop, Think, Act

    Also Includes:

    • 20 Mini Printable Books
    • 20 Printable Activities
    • 5 Unique Puppet Video Lessons
    • 5 Awards/Coloring Sheets to go along with the Puppet Videos
    • 25 Transition Activities
    • 25 Extended Learning Ideas
    • "The Best Of Me" Awards

    Bonus File Includes:

    • How lessons are grouped (since they all come as a bundle, this guide will show you how you can divide them down by the 5 core competencies of CASEL)
    • Intro Letter to the curriculum (for teachers)
    • Family Intro Letter (PDF to be sent home - Optional)

    Should I look at the preview above?

    YES! YES! YES! See preview for a better look at this curriculum. Everything included is mentioned in the preview above.

    What Do the lessons look like?

    Each lesson comes in one PDF (with everything for that lesson included in one file). The main component is the social story game in each lesson which gives students different scenarios based on the skill being worked on.  For the social story games, students will need to decide if they show a thumbs up card (or use their own thumb) or a thumbs down card for yes/no responses.

    EACH social story game comes with:

    • 1 SHORT introduction & closing about the skill covered 
    • 20-30 (approx.) story game pages of different scenarios related to the skill being worked on. Students will use their thumb cards to show responses
    • 2 Related printable activity sheet (one story to cut apart, color and staple back together and a related printable activity based on the skill taught)
    • 1 Transition Activity to close the lesson
    • 1 Extended Learning Idea to casually embed throughout the week.
    • The Best of Me Awards

    EACH social story game WITH PUPPETS includes:

    • 1 puppet video lessons (about 5-8 mins each)
    • 1 social game story game with scenarios related to the social emotional topic being taught(approx. 10-20 game pages). Students will use the the thumb cards for responses or their own thumbs.
    • 3 Discussions questions
    • 1 Printable Award/Coloring Activity
    • 1 Transition question to close the lesson
    • 1 Extended Learning Idea to casually embed throughout the week.
    • The Best of Me Awards

    What are the UNIQUE puppet videos?

    Meet Tommy(puppet)!  He will share an engaging story about the skill being worked on. In the product there will be a link to click on to view the puppet video.  Videos are approximately 5-8 minutes. This is done through VIMEO (ad free and you do not need an account to view) and will require the internet. If you want to preview the video ahead of time you can do so by going to each individual product (link listed in each product).

    How should I teach each lesson?

    1. Read the social story game  or watch puppet video(first) on a DIGITAL DEVICE used as PDF or you can print it out. Students will show you the thumbs up or thumbs down cards for yes/no responses.
    2. Have students complete the  printable activity. If it is a puppet video you will have discussion questions instead of a printable activity sheet.
    3. Complete the transition activity
    4. Have students complete printable activities (1 or 2)
    5. Use the extended learning ”idea” for the rest of the week up to a year to build on this lesson.
    6. Hand out "The Best Of Me" Awards when you see students giving "The Best Of Me" throughout the week/year.

    Let’s answer some more questions:

    Is it easy to use?

    This curriculum is simple, effective and easy to follow! I am a huge fan of simple because I think it does the trick most of the time while keeping the engagement, focus and attention! 

    Do I teach this in a group setting?

    You can teach this in a large group, small group or to individual students

    How much prep do I need to do?

    There is one OPTIONAL prep item (thumb cards-see preview).  If you buy the entire

    What research supports this?

    This is research based and aligned with CASEL’s 5 Areas of Core Competence in Social Emotional Learning.

    What type of learners is it used for?


    • In-Person through Digital PDFs and printables (internet for puppet videos only)
    • Distant learning through PDFS and sending home activity sheets
    • Homeschool(while replacing the teacher role with the “homeschool teacher” role)

    Does this curriculum celebrate differences? Yes!  Diversity and inclusion are a big part of my curriculum and are displayed in the units through:

    • variety of race and ethnicity represented in clip art and real life pictures ( e.g cultural names, clothing, family structure, traditions etc.)
    • sensitivity to cultural activities that may not be representative to all cultures. 

    Does it come in black and white?

    This lesson comes in color. It is important for students to see diversity in the scenarios and color allows this. I recommend viewing it as a PDF or printing in color.  However, the printable activities DO come in black & white.

    Other Levels of ”The Best Of Me” Social Emotional Curriculum you might like:

    Level Pre-K- Click here!

    Level K - Click here!

    Level 2 - Click here!

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