Resources for Grades 9–12

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we all teach SEL promo pic

Article/Ebook

Preschool–grade 12

We All Teach SEL: Inspiring Activities for Every Classroom

Eleven-part article series offers quick, practical tips and tools for integrating SEL into any classroom.

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Thank you for being my light!

Activity

Preschool–grade 12

Thank You Cards

Show you care by sending a thank you card. Choose to print, color, or send electronically.

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child writing a letter

Lesson

grades 4–12

Letters of Gratitude to Essential Workers

Write a meaningful letter of thanks to essential workers that returns their acts of service and kindness.

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saving earth

Video

grades 6–12

Saving Earth

Watch and learn how we all can save our planet one step at a time by working together toward sustainable practices.

Video

grades 10–12

Keeping the Peace During a Pandemic

Cooped up with family or friends? Consider ways to carve out some privacy for yourself and respect those you live with.

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native son

Audio

grades 10–12

Native Son

Listen to this classic novel by Richard Wright about race, violence, and being Black in America.

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five minutes to focus

Activity

grades 3–12

Five Minutes to Focus

Print and shuffle these cards featuring seven exercies for the mind. Pull one out each day to center yourself and let go of stresses.

Video

grades 6–12

Compton Cowboys

Sit down with two of the Compton Cowboys and learn about how their community of riders reimagines life, culture, and kinship in South Los Angeles.

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knowledge of self

Activity

grades 9–12

Knowledge of Self

Try out this self-paced writing and reflection activity to learn more about oral poetry, and take a stab at writing your own.

Video

grades 1–12

Yoga for the Heart

Take some time to focus on how your feeling and do something for yourself with the help of this beginner-friendly yoga video.

Activity

Preschool–grade 12

Bask in the Glow

It can be hard to get enough sunlight in winter, which can make people feel depressed. Make sure to get outside on sunny days and soak up some of those rays!

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Activity

Preschool–grade 12

Pass the Appreciation

Gather the family in a circle. Grab a ball or a pillow, toss it to someone, and say something you appreciate about them. Keep it going!

Wide Open School's logo
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Thank you for being my light!

Activity

Preschool–grade 12

Thank You Cards

Show you care by sending a thank you card. Choose to print, color, or send electronically.

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five minutes to focus

Activity

grades 3–12

Five Minutes to Focus

Print and shuffle these cards featuring seven exercies for the mind. Pull one out each day to center yourself and let go of stresses.

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knowledge of self

Activity

grades 9–12

Knowledge of Self

Try out this self-paced writing and reflection activity to learn more about oral poetry, and take a stab at writing your own.

Activity

Preschool–grade 12

Bask in the Glow

It can be hard to get enough sunlight in winter, which can make people feel depressed. Make sure to get outside on sunny days and soak up some of those rays!

Wide Open School's logo

Activity

Preschool–grade 12

Pass the Appreciation

Gather the family in a circle. Grab a ball or a pillow, toss it to someone, and say something you appreciate about them. Keep it going!

Wide Open School's logo

Activity

grades 6–12

Setting Some Goals

What are some goals you want to set for yourself? What steps can you take to reach them? Post them, and adjust along the way!

Wide Open School's logo

Activity

grades 3–12

Thankful Pictures

During the week, take pictures of things you're thankful for. Then combine them into a slideshow, collage, or other collection to revisit and add to.

Wide Open School's logo

Activity

grades 6–12

Call an Elder

Call a grandparent, a neighbor, or a friend of the family to check in on them and make their day. Maybe tell them a joke!

Wide Open School's logo

Activity

Preschool–grade 12

Gratitude Jar

Decorate a gratitude jar. When you feel grateful, write or draw the reason on a paper and put it in the jar. Read the results each week.

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reflecting on what we have

Activity

grades 6–12

Reflecting on What We Have

What are you grateful for? Use a journal to write down the things—big and small—that are going well in your life.

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if i ruled the world

Activity

grades 9–12

If I Ruled the World

Reflect on your biggest concerns with the world today, and imagine how you would make change in your local community and beyond.

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where are you from

Activity

grades 9–12

Where Are You From?

Celebrate your identity and your community with this self-paced writing and reflection activity.

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we all teach SEL promo pic

Article/Ebook

Preschool–grade 12

We All Teach SEL: Inspiring Activities for Every Classroom

Eleven-part article series offers quick, practical tips and tools for integrating SEL into any classroom.

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Mother and daughter hugging

Article/Ebook

grades 3–12

Appreciating the Small Things

Thinking about your mother or another caregiver, identify some of the everyday ways that person shows you love. Show your appreciation with a note or hug.

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Article/Ebook

grades 8–10

Self-Care

Read this article to learn some coping strategies for our anxiety-inducing times. Afterward, work through the supporting questions.

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various phone apps

Article/Ebook

Preschool–grade 12

Emotional Intelligence Apps and Games

Top-notch apps and games will help students with everything from anger management to emotional identification to meditation.

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native son

Audio

grades 10–12

Native Son

Listen to this classic novel by Richard Wright about race, violence, and being Black in America.

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GEORGE in colorful letters

Audio

grades 5–12

George

Listen to this tender tale about a transgender girl in the fourth grade. Free on Hoopla with a library card.

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two cartoon girls telling stories

Audio

grades 5–9

The Land of Forgotten Girls

Listen to this heartbreaking story about the struggles of two sisters from the Philippines who move to Louisiana. Free on Hoopla with a library card.

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tale cover picture

Audio

grades 8–12

Simon vs. the Homo Sapien Agenda

Enjoy this sweet tale of a gay high school boy that was turned into the hit movie Love, Simon. Free on Hoopla with a library card.

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a person walking under a sunset

Audio

grades 6–12

A Long Walk to Water

Dive into this gripping story of an 11-year-old boy in Sudan during the civil war, based on a true story. Free on Hoopla with a library card.

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Audio

grades 10–12

The Science of Envy

Explore the science behind envy, a sometimes shameful emotion we all feel. Then, consider both the negative, and positive, consequences of envy in our world.

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curses into blessings

Audio

grades 6–12

Curses Into Blessings

Listen to a student's reflection on lockdown. Even though things are tough, what's something you can do to make the best of it?

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two cartoon boys

Audio

grades 9–12

What If It's Us

Press play on this sweet romance between two teen boys in NYC for the summer. Free on Hoopla with a library card.

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child writing a letter

Lesson

grades 4–12

Letters of Gratitude to Essential Workers

Write a meaningful letter of thanks to essential workers that returns their acts of service and kindness.

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teacher

Lesson

grades 9–12

Daily SEL, STEM, and PE Lessons (Grades 9-12)

Work through 20-minute, teacher-led lessons featuring videos, activities, and extensions. The intriguing topics range from heart health to social entrepreneurship.

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Lesson

grades 9–12

Our Choices and the Common Good

Reflect on what it means to behave in ways that promote the common good with this lesson on our actions amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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Lesson

grades 9–12

Far from Home

Immerse yourself in this slideshow from 2015 about the Syrian refugee crisis. Afterward, read the lesson's "Delving Deeper" questions and discuss with a family member.

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Lesson

grades 6–10

Your Social Identity

Read up on the concept of social identity, then apply it to your own life. What social identities do you have? Draw and describe them.

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saving earth

Video

grades 6–12

Saving Earth

Watch and learn how we all can save our planet one step at a time by working together toward sustainable practices.

Video

grades 10–12

Keeping the Peace During a Pandemic

Cooped up with family or friends? Consider ways to carve out some privacy for yourself and respect those you live with.

Video

grades 6–12

Compton Cowboys

Sit down with two of the Compton Cowboys and learn about how their community of riders reimagines life, culture, and kinship in South Los Angeles.

Video

grades 1–12

Yoga for the Heart

Take some time to focus on how your feeling and do something for yourself with the help of this beginner-friendly yoga video.

Video

grades 9–12

Breathe and Be Thankful

Think about what being thankful means to you, and take a few minutes to reflect and refresh.

Video

grades 5–9

Why Be Grateful?

Watch this video to find out why being grateful makes us happier. Then take a minute to focus on the things you're thankful for.

Video

grades 6–12

Breathe in the Music

Learn and practice this simple meditative exercise guided by composer Chad Lawson and his piano.

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being multiracial

Video

grades 9–12

Being From a Multiracial Family

Listen to the experiences of adults who grew up in multiracial families, then discuss or write about your thoughts.

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precious sand

Video

grades 9–12

Precious Sand

Watch the video and read about how something as simple as sand is critical to families in Cambodia.

Video

grades 1–12

Yoga for the Mind

Clear your mind and re-charge your body with some meditative yoga great for beginners or even seasoned vets.

Video

grades 10–12

Journaling

Learn how bullet journaling might be able to help you feel more in control of your life and health.

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managing online use

Video

grades 7–9

The Pressure to Stay Connected

Hear what other teens have to say about how digital media has them feeling "hooked." Do you feel the same way? How might you manage your use?

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protesters

Website/App

grades 10–12

Hunt Down Ways to Help

Use this site to discover all types of volunteer opportunities and ways to get involved with important causes.

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inspiration

Website/App

grades 6–12

Inspiration, Passion, and Perseverance

Explore some careers by watching these video interviews. Take a few minutes to write about or draw something that inspired you.

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personalizing support

Website/App

grades 8–12

Personalize Some Support

Use the multiple tools in this app to relax and focus on some of the positive, inspirational things in your personal life.

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mental health adventure

Website/App

grades 6–12

Mental Health Adventure

Go on a virtual adventure to learn meditation techniques, and hear about how other young people cope with stress and loss.

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first-person perspective

Website/App

grades 8–12

Important First-Person Perspective

Use this app to better understand the experiences of a young refugee who fled to Malaysia from Myanmar. Note: Some disturbing content.

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crowdsourced collection

Website/App

grades 5–12

Cool Crowdsourced Collection

Journey through these videos and photos to get a sense of the people, places, and nature around the world. Then submit your own content!

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screenshots from app

Website/App

grades 5–12

Outwit Your Friends

Play this trivia bluffing game with the whole family or connect with others over video chat.

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Website/App

grades 8–12

Share Your Knowledge

Think of something you know and read a lot about. Use Hypothes.is' annotation tool to add your insight to something you've read.

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meditation and relaxing

Website/App

grades 9–12

Smiling Mind

An app developed by teachers and psychologists to lead children of various ages through daily mood check-ins and mindfulness activities.

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Website/App

grades 9–12

Mission Mindfulness

An app with guided meditations, movement activities, and emotion-tracking tools for parents and children to engage with together.

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Worksheet

grades 6–12

What Matters

Print out these cards that each represent different values. Use the activities to reflect on which values matter most to you and then express why.

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stories of failure and success

Worksheet

grades 6–12

My Stories of Success

Learn from your own experiences by reflecting on a past successes. What happened? And what did you learn?

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what do you value

Worksheet

grades 6–12

What Do You Value?

What is important to you? Think about what matters to you and write about why those values are important.

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Action plan planner

Worksheet

grades 6–12

Reflect and Create a Plan

Use this planner to reflect on your learning experiences and figure out a productive and positive path forward.