Unit 4: Creating Social Emotional Activities in the Classroom


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Unit 4: Creating Social Emotional Activities in the Classroom

A number of different aspects will be discussed in this unit, and a plethora of valuable resources will be shared with you. Open your mind to the Social Emotional model flourishing in the classroom, and see where the topics we discuss can take you. By the end of this unit, you will have a small toolkit that can help you build Social Emotional lessons and activities that could leave your students with a greater understanding about life. Are you ready to develop a Social Emotional lesson? Of course you are, because you are a teaching rockstar!


  • You can produce a SEL activity using Social Emotional Intelligence and the guidelines presented.
  • You can create a conclusion about whether or not SEL is right for your students.
  • You can create responses to a sample Social Emotional activity.

Lesson 1: Sample Activities with Modern Music

When creating Social Emotional lessons, students are often the best resources you could use to design these activities. Listening to students speaking in the hallway and speaking to students about current events could help you uncover what kind of SEL lessons students would benefit from.


The information presented in this Mini-Lecture and Learning Activity is from a sample lesson, which was taught to multiple 11th grade classes at an urban-based high school in the Fall of 2017.

The concepts we will discuss for this Social Emotional lesson are Sympathy and Empathy:

What is the difference between sympathy and empathy?

  • Sympathy: when one feels compassion, sorrow, or pity for the hardships a person encounters.
  • Empathy: when one puts oneself in the shoes of another person.

Discussion Question: What happens to people when they do not take responsibility for their actions?

For the purpose of this online course, you can simply write down your response to the question.

Learning Activity

Watch the following video, and answer the following questions on a separate sheet of paper:

Answers will vary

1. What is the main idea of the video? (Message of the video in one sentence)

2. How did you figure out the message of the video?

3. What stood out more in the video: the words or the feelings presented?

"1-800-273-8255" by Logic, featuring Alessia Cara and Khalid

Take a few minutes to respond to the questions, and once you are finished, respond to this question:

What is the value of showing this video?

Answers will vary

Questions to write about once you finish this activity

  • Why would a teacher potentially show a video like this to teenagers?
  • What is the value of discussing "difficult" topics?
  • Why would educators potentially shy away from showing videos similar to this?

Lesson 2: Developing Social Emotional Lessons

Writing lesson plans could be a long and confusing process. Before you begin to design a lesson plan, you need to figure out what you are starting with and where you would like the lesson to go. When it comes to developing Social Emotional lessons, it is important to reel students into the lesson with something eye-catching and interesting.

Visit the following page to help you design Social Emotional lessons!

Developing Social Emotional Lessons: A Quick Guide

What sort of Social Emotional lesson would you create? Take this survey to discuss your response.

Unit Assessment

Is Social Emotional learning right for your students? Please take this anonymous survey to share your answers with the course's administrator: Survey Monkey: The SEL Model in your Classroom

Additional Resources

Where do I go from here?

Wherever life takes you... oh yeah, and this page: Thank You Note: Course Completion