Resources for Grades K–2

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april activity calendar

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Preschool–grade 5

Monthly Activity Calendar and Coloring Sheets

Get daily ideas for outdoor play. Enjoy these fun, screen-free activities!

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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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Preschool–grade 5

Painting with a Single Stroke

Watch as Kyoto-based artist Keisuke Teshima beautifully paints dragon bodies with a single stroke using a sumi-e style brush across paper.

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grades K–4

Celebrating the Many Cultures of the U.S.

What cultural traditions does your family have? Celebrate Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and the rich and diverse heritage of all Americans.

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Preschool–grade 6

Traditional Chinese Cloth Shoes

See how Li Ziqi, a vlogger based in Mianyang in China's Sichuan province, beautifully sews and glues layers of cloth to create a traditional Chinese shoe.

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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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grades K–2

Thank-O-Rama

Join Elephant and Piggy creator Mo Willems for Thank-You Thursdays. Think of someone to thank, make them a card, and sing a thank-you song.

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Preschool–grade 2

Worth Waiting For

Join Cookie Monster and the hosts of NPR's Life Kit to practice self-control with, you guessed it, cookies!

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Preschool–grade 2

Sylvester and the Magic Pebble

What if all your wishes could come true? Find out what happens to Sylvester and how he learned to be grateful for what he has.

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Preschool–grade K

We're Different, We're the Same

Listen as Gordon reads a book about how people might look different from each other, but also have lots of similarities.

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Preschool–grade K

Daniel Tiger Stories

Listen to Daniel read stories aloud, and learn important social-emotional skills along the way.

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grades K–4

Be Like a Hummingbird

Listen to the tale of the hummingbird, shared by Kenyan environmentalist Wangari Maathai. This excerpt from Dirt! The Movie inspires us to do the best we can.

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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.

Activity

Preschool–grade 2

Your Year

What were the best things that happened this year? What were the hardest? Record them by drawing, making a collage, or writing.

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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!

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grades K–5

Create a Kindness Challenge

Think of a way your household can show kindness to each other this week. How can you help each other or make the day better?

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Activity

Preschool–grade 2

Love All Around

Color paper hearts and cut them out. Then write messages on each one, and place them around the house for your family members to find.

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Preschool–grade 3

Build a Tree of Thanks

Make a simple tree of thanks together, and bolster your family’s gratitude practice—maybe even start a new family tradition!

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grades 1–5

Kindness Rocks!

Write inspiring notes on rocks and leave them for your friends, family, or community to find.

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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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make your own thank you card

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Preschool–grade 2

Make Your Own Thank-You Cards

Think of someone you want to thank. Make them a card with a nice message, and put it in the mail.

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Preschool–grade 12

Self-Appreciation

Write about or draw pictures of things you appreciate about yourself. What are some reasons you're grateful you're you?

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grades 2–12

Thinking About Traditions

Write down your family traditions, whether they're for holidays, birthdays, or other special reasons. Are there new traditions you'd like to create?

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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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Article/Ebook

Preschool–grade K

Daniel Tiger Stories

Listen to Daniel read stories aloud, and learn important social-emotional skills along the way.

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Arthur and his friends at school

Article/Ebook

grades K–2

Building Empathy: Laughing with or at Friends

Follow along with this story about Arthur. Is he laughing with his friends or at them? Think about the line between playing and bullying.

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Article/Ebook

Preschool–grade K

Learning Cultures, Challenging Assumptions

Join Arthur as he learns about his pen pal from another country. What assumptions does Arthur have about his pen pal, and how does he challenge them?

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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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grades K–2

How Were You Kind Today?

A podcast where we use our imaginations to talk about the things that matter, with the people who matter most.

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cartoon bean

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Preschool–grade 2

The Cool Bean

Listen to this sweet, whimsical tale that encourages empathy and kindness. Free on Hoopla with a library card.

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Audio

Preschool–grade 3

The Imagine Neighborhood

From the Committee for Children, this show encourages kids to use their imaginations to talk about the big feelings we all have.

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scaredy squirrel

Audio

Preschool–grade 1

Scaredy Squirrel Makes a Friend

Use your library card for access, and then watch Scaredy Squirrel get over his fear of making friends. Talk about some ways to get past fears.

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teacher and students

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grades K–5

Zoo U

This powerful and focused game has engaging animations, positive reinforcement, and rich assessments to boost kids' social problem-solving skills.

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Daniel Tiger choosing a feeling card

Interactive

Preschool–grade K

Guess the Feeling

Join Daniel Tiger to learn about types of feelings and how to identify them.

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Daniel Tiger expressing his feelings to an adult

Interactive

Preschool–grade K

Use Your Words

Play through this series of activities -- including videos and songs -- that'll help you learn how to process and talk about feelings.

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making a deal

Interactive

Preschool–grade K

Let's Make a Deal

Brainstorm ideas on how to compromise when you and someone else want different things.

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painting with a single stroke

Video

Preschool–grade 5

Painting with a Single Stroke

Watch as Kyoto-based artist Keisuke Teshima beautifully paints dragon bodies with a single stroke using a sumi-e style brush across paper.

Video

grades K–4

Celebrating the Many Cultures of the U.S.

What cultural traditions does your family have? Celebrate Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and the rich and diverse heritage of all Americans.

Video

Preschool–grade 6

Traditional Chinese Cloth Shoes

See how Li Ziqi, a vlogger based in Mianyang in China's Sichuan province, beautifully sews and glues layers of cloth to create a traditional Chinese shoe.

Video

grades K–2

Thank-O-Rama

Join Elephant and Piggy creator Mo Willems for Thank-You Thursdays. Think of someone to thank, make them a card, and sing a thank-you song.

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worth waiting for

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Video

Preschool–grade 2

Worth Waiting For

Join Cookie Monster and the hosts of NPR's Life Kit to practice self-control with, you guessed it, cookies!

Video

Preschool–grade 2

Sylvester and the Magic Pebble

What if all your wishes could come true? Find out what happens to Sylvester and how he learned to be grateful for what he has.

Video

Preschool–grade K

We're Different, We're the Same

Listen as Gordon reads a book about how people might look different from each other, but also have lots of similarities.

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be like a hummingbird

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Video

grades K–4

Be Like a Hummingbird

Listen to the tale of the hummingbird, shared by Kenyan environmentalist Wangari Maathai. This excerpt from Dirt! The Movie inspires us to do the best we can.

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Video

Preschool–grade K

Community Hero Story

Do you know someone that helps others in your neighborhood or community? Share a story about them.

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.

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grades K–8

Visit an Animal Shelter

Visit this animal shelter in Sacramento, California, and find out how pets are taken care of before they get adopted and find a new home.

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Preschool–grade 5

Mindful Moment

What do you see, feel, hear, and smell where you are right now? Quiet your mind and focus on your senses.

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Website/App

Preschool–grade 3

Cosmic Kids Yoga

Stretch, learn kid-friendly poses, and practice mindfulness for energetic or calm activity.

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cartoon monster having options

Website/App

Preschool–grade 1

Breath Before Action

Learn how to take a deep breath before taking action with this free app.

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cartoon children

Website/App

grades K–2

Ideas for Off-Screen

Download this free app to access lots of off-screen activities and become mindful of your mood.

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sample lessons

Website/App

Preschool–grade 5

Peekapak

Easy-to-implement teaching units cover 10 SEL topics including empathy, perseverance, teamwork, and self-regulation.

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animated monster enjoying the scent of a flower

Website/App

grades K–4

Emotional ABCs

Online social-emotional learning curriculum with coordinated printables and discussion questions for teachers.

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Sesame characters

Website/App

Preschool–grade K

Caring for Each Other

This toolkit with tips, activities, and videos of Elmo and friends can help soothe and comfort parents and children alike.

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Website/App

Preschool–grade 1

Family Members Help Each Other

Read this sweet ebook about some grandchildren who want to help their grandmother find her courage.

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Website/App

grades K–2

Silly Street Learn & Play

Up to six players can join this character-building game that focuses on empathy, curiosity, adaptability, and more.

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april activity calendar

Worksheet

Preschool–grade 5

Monthly Activity Calendar and Coloring Sheets

Get daily ideas for outdoor play. Enjoy these fun, screen-free activities!

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mad libs

Worksheet

Preschool–grade 2

Thank-You Mad Libs

Who are the essential workers who help you? Thank them by filling out this page. Then have an adult help you deliver or mail it.

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all about me

Worksheet

Preschool–grade K

All About Me

Fill out this bilingual worksheet to reflect on and communicate who you are. When it's done, share it with family.

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relieving stress and relaxing

Worksheet

Preschool–grade 5

Simple Stress Busters

Try out one of these simple activities to de-stress, release tension, and relax.

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Samples of common phrases

Worksheet

grades 1–4

Grow Your Language

How does what we say shape our mindset toward learning? Cut out these common phrases and sort them on the worksheet to start a discussion.

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printable coloring pages

Worksheet

Preschool–grade 2

Printable Coloring Pages

Free coloring pages by different Latinx and Latin American artists and muralists. Scroll down to find the sheets.

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Why I can do this notes

Worksheet

grades K–5

You Can Do This

Fill out this worksheet to think through how to get from "I can't" to "I can try."