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In kindergarten and first grade, students can begin to explore their personalareas of strengthandareas for growth. SEL activities are the perfect opportunity to get students thinking. Using agrowth mindset approach, students can celebrate their strengths, while acknowledging there are areas that can improve.
In this lesson, students identify areas of strength, areas for growth, tools to help them grow, and obstacles that might be in their way.
What You Get
3 Step Lesson Plan with SEL Standards
Mini Lessonwith Anchor Chart Materials and Student Visuals.
Student-friendly visuals to help exploreareas they shineandareas they want to grow.
Guided PracticeActivity: Short character stories where students can identify the character's strengths, areas for growth, possible tools, and obstacles.
Henrietta & Ollie Story Cards
Shine, Grow, Tools, Clouds Chart
Differentiated Independent Activity: Students explore their own strengths and places for growth.
Multiple Student Shine & Grow Pages
Shine & Grow Takeaway Bookmark
This is a3 Step Lesson: Introduce, Practice, Apply. You will be able to scaffold your instruction using the additional materials provided tomodify and differentiatefor students and setting. Consider following up on the lesson with the suggested bulletin board, game, activity, or book connections.
This resource is perfect for teachers and school counselors incorporating social emotional learning and emotional awareness.
Names activities or tasks one does well,
Names activities or tasks one may need help to improve.
CASEL (Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning) has established five competencies for social-emotional learning. Some school districts and states have taken this work and developed standards to be used at each grade level or a multi-grade level band. The gold standards of this work have been developed by the Illinois State Board of Education, Austin Independent School District (AISD), and Anchorage School District.
The AISD and the Anchorage School District use almost identical standards, goals, and benchmarks. I have merged these two sets of standards into one given their similarity. These districts also created five grade bands (early elementary, upper elementary, middle school, early high school, and late high school). Elementary through Middle School is included here.
The Illinois State Board of Education created 3 goals drawn from CASEL’s five competencies and then created 10 standards for those three goals. Each grade has two to three levels of skills/performance descriptors that should be expected to be accomplished under each standard.