Unit 3 - Self Management (from the Kindness Classroom: A Social Emotional Yearlong Curriculum)
This SEL curriculum program focuses on self management, self-control, impulse control, anger management, anxiety and worry, as well as mindfulness and calm down strategies in the primary grades.
The goal is to provide easy-to-use lessons and resources to help teachers introduce children to the parts of their brain and how emotions affect their choices. With this self-understanding, children can understand the actions of others, and choose the most appropriate actions for themselves.
These engaging, community-building activities give students the exposure and practice ESSENTIAL social skills needed to create a successful classroom environment.
♦ Please note: This is unit 3 of the full year SEL Kindness Classroom
unit, which is a comprehensive Social/Emotional Learning curriculum for the ENTIRE YEAR (40 lessons - 200+ activities). Click HERE to take a quick look at the full year curriculum, and to read more FAQs about the program.
♥ What’s included in UNIT 3 - Self Management
→ Storybook : Little Penguin Calms Down: Each unit has it’s own storybook with the same central character. This way students can refer back to the story and events as their explore the concepts. In this story, a little penguin learns several calm-down strategies to help self-regulate and make better choices. In the end, Little Penguin writes in his diary to review what he learned about big emotions.
→ There are five VISUAL lesson plans included which will walk you through each lesson topic making it very easy to implement. Each lesson has several different activities, and includes a TEACHER SCRIPT to help guide your lesson. This saves teachers valuable time and lets them focus on the conversation, concepts, and ideas of their students during these valuable discussions.
About The Lessons
Each of the 5 lessons has five or more different activities. The lesson map has both a description of the activity, and picture of the activity or finished result. Group discussions for all 5 lessons include a teacher script to guide the conversation, with question and possible answers included.
After completing the 30+ activities in the unit, students will learn to:
♦ identify and label 3 main parts of their own brain and how those parts help us and hurt us. These parts of the brain are given animal representation to make them easier to remember: The guard dog (fight or flight emotions), the wise owl (decision making) and the Hippo (library of memories).
♦ understand that they are not alone in feeling big emotions such as anger or anxiety, and that these emotions can be managed. This is such an important realization for students, not just now, but going forward in their lives as they face challenges.
♦ explore strategies for anger management and specific strategies for calming anger and appropriate ways to express of diffuse anger.
♦ use specific calm down strategies and choose the ones that work best for them (all printable posters, materials and instructions included)
♦ strategies for self-talk and coping with worry and anxiety
What Kind Of Activities Are Included?
→ Storybook “Little Penguin Calms Down” to read aloud and discuss (print or digital copy)
→ two-page Partner Play 1 “Little Penguin Feels Nervous”
→ Class Anchor Chart about parts of the brain (with printable images included)
→ Personal student anchor chart templates
→ two-page Partner Play 2 “Learns To Focus”
→ Story Review: Mini-book to illustrate
→ Comic story review: focus on dialogue
→ 5 page self-management journal booklets (2 styles to choose from)
→ 30 printable vocabulary cards
→ Puppets Art projects
→ One page mini-book: parts of my brain
→ Personal Library writing: Representing our knowledge and memories
→ Traffic Light craft - Stop-Think-Choose strategies
→ Printable Board Game: Using Self-Talk
→ Self-Control Posters for reference
→ Am I Ready To Learn: Class temperature activity
→ Worry Monster Poster and writing activity
→ Who’s In Charge of my brain? Questions Cards
→ Calm Down Cards Set: Ideas and activities for self-calming
→ Imagine Cards: Things to think about to calm down
→ Calm Down Basket instructions and printable
Why Teach Self-Management?
Self regulations, or self management, is an important topic in today’s classroom. Over the last 20+ years of teaching, I’ve dedicated an increasing amount of time to teaching these skills to help students who:
-have meltdowns or temper tantrums
-have difficulty taking turns
-demonstrate social interaction problems
-lack self-control or appropriate reactions often
-make other students uncomfortable because of sudden outbursts
-move quickly with no regard for others or their belongings
-grab or touch impulsively or inappropriately
The more skilled students are at managing themselves, the more smoothly the classroom runs. The atmosphere is calm and happy, we move quickly through curricular topics without as much disruption. Students are ready to learn.
In this unit, we explore how to ensure that students are ready to learn by helping them understand what is happening when they have big emotions, and why emotions can cause poor choices.
We explore relevant parts of the brain in easy to understand child versions:
*We all have a GUARD DOG part of our brain (Amygdala) that decides if new information is good or bad. If it’s good, it passes the information to the other parts of the brain. If it’s bad, emotion takes over and logical thinking is hampered. This is when we make poor choices!
*We all have a WISE OWL part of our brain (prefrontal cortex) that makes logical decisions. It is blocked from doing so when the guard dog takes over!
*We can learn self-calming techniques to tame our guard dog, calm down, and let our wise owl be in charge of choices!
WHAT'S INCLUDED In The FULL YEAR BUNDLE?
♥ UNIT 1 - Exploring Emotions
Storybook : Little Penguin’s Big Emotions
This unit explores naming and recognizing emotions in ourselves and others, expressing emotions in appropriate ways, personal emotions vs. others
♥ UNIT 2 - Growth Mindset
Storybook : Little Penguin Learns To Fly
This unit explores learning from mistakes, perseverance, fixed vs. growth mindset, effort and our elastic brains
♥ UNIT 3 - Self Management and Regulation
Storybook: Little Penguin Calms Down
This unit explores self-control, listening skills, calming strategies, anger management, visualization, mindfulness, anxiety and impulse control
♥ UNIT 4 - Kindness and Relationships
Storybook: Little Penguin’s Kindness Contest
This unit explores kindness, bucket filling, inclusion, friendship, empathy, helping others, compassion, and communication and language to express kindness
♥ UNIT 5 - Conflict Resolution Strategies
Storybook: Little Penguin’s Big Fight
This unit explores conflict resolution strategies to use in the classroom, role playing, using I-Messages, and sportsmanship
♥ UNIT 6 - Respect and Inclusion
Storybook: Little Penguin Meets a Bully
This unit explores respect for self, others, and the earth, respect for the classroom environment and materials, diversity, bullying, and assertiveness, community, culture
♥ UNIT 7 - Personal Responsibility
Storybook: Little Penguin Is Responsible
This unit explores being responsible, decision making, honesty, citizenship, integrity, classroom expectations, rights and responsibilities
♥ UNIT 8 - Attitude and Gratitude
Storybook: Little Penguin Looks On the Bright Side
This unit explores having a good attitude, optimism, happiness, appreciation, gratitude, and resilience
♥ ♥ Teachers, please click the PREVIEW button above to see a detailed description of activities and a curriculum map of the whole program. You can see many more details of the other units by clicking on the individual unit above and viewing it's preview.
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