Social Emotional Learning Task Cards for Elementary | SEL Skills Activities

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  1. This is a complete social emotional curriculum to support elementary kids learn critical SEL skills for the entire year AND extra resources to meet all your SEL needs. It includes over 180 lessons and activities targeting social awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationships, and decisi
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Practice and discuss social and emotional (SEL) skills with these 200+ discussion task cards. Sets focus on self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationships, and decision-making skills. Use this activity to have students work in partners, groups, or a full group to discuss these critical social-emotional skills necessary for success. These would be great for resource rooms, small groups, morning meeting, or just the last few minutes of a class to provide social and emotional support.

Digital Version

Note that a digital version is included for Google Drive, which allows students to record their responses to task cards right on their devices!

Note that these cards are designed specifically for elementary learners. See my Social Emotional Learning Task Cards for Older Students if you need those instead!

Why Teach Social-Emotional Skills

Social and emotional skills are the critical skills that help individuals develop a sense of self, improve confidence, understand emotions, develop positive relationships with others, improve social skills, strengthen decision-making skills, and much more. Several research studies have shown the positive impact social and emotional learning can have on kids and young adults.

It’s important to note that SEL is not just one activity or task. It is a process that helps kids and young adults acquire these skills and abilities over time. These cards can become a path to help you begin discussion with each of these skills.

Table of Contents

• Educator Guide

• Self-Awareness Task Cards (48)

• Self-Management Task Cards (48)

• Social Awareness Task Cards (48)

• Relationships Task Cards (48)

• Decision-Making Task Cards (48)

Example of Cards:

• What is an interesting fact about you? Think about what makes you unique! (self-awareness)

• What are some skills you know you need to work on? (self-awareness)

• What are five things you are grateful for in your life? (self-awareness)

• What does an organized desk look like? (self-management)

• What does it mean to do your best work? (self-management)

• What are some social expectations you should follow at school? (social awareness)

• How do you show respect in school? (social awareness)

• What are some ways you can show a friend you care about them? (relationships)

• What does it mean to compromise? (relationships)

• What does it mean to make safe choices? (decision-making)

• Problem: You don't have a pencil in class. What can you do? (decision-making)

How to Use the Task Cards

The task cards can be used in guided small groups, as part of class discussions, or in partner discussion before sharing out with the larger group or class. You can also choose to have "centers" by putting a set of cards in each center and having groups move around to discuss and answer questions. It is best to partner students in need up with peer role models. Regular education teachers, special education teachers, and other support professionals could all benefit from using these task cards with their students.

Note that both color and black/white options are included!


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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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