Teachers can use these 15 emotions books and videos for the classroom to teach kids emotional skills during social-emotional learning lessons. Dealing with children’s emotions is a hot topic among teachers in elementary schools today. Teachers need to think about how to teach children to recognize and describe emotions, express them, and control them. Explicit lessons about emotions can help children learn healthy social-emotional skills. Here are 15 books and videos about emotions that you can share with your class.
15 Books and Videos that Teach Emotional Skills to Kids
Children naturally express their emotions, although it’s not always in an appropriate manner. Emotional skills can be learned, and YOU can help your students adopt socially responsible ways of managing emotions. Share some of these books and videos with them today!
Emotional Skills Books
In each of the books listed below, the main characters struggle with defining or showing their emotions. Sometimes a tricky concept for youngsters to grasp, social-emotional learning CAN be successfully promoted in your classroom. Simply let the characters and situations described in these books illustrate what emotions are and how to handle them. 1. Don’t Think About Purple Elephants by Susanne Merritt – In this book about facing your worries, children will see how one little girl copes with her overwhelming feelings of worry and fear. 2. The Book of Mistakes by Corinna Luyken – In this surprisingly creative book, the artist shows children how each mistake in her artwork leads to a brilliant and positive new creation. Children learn that, like art, we are all a work in progress. 3. Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena – Jealousy hits a little boy hard in this story, where he wonders why his life and his possessions aren’t as nice as he assumes everyone else’s are. See how he deals with his emotions and learns to be content with the beauty in his own world. 4. The Crayon Box that Talked by Derolf and Letzig – This is a very popular book for explaining the value in diversity and how everything is more beautiful with all the different colors in the crayon box working together. This book teaches children about cooperation and community. 5. Pass it On by Sophie Henn – Spread kindness and cheerful encouragement through your classroom by reading this inspiring book with children. They will pick up on how passing along a joyful feeling to others can make everyone’s day brighter. Kids benefit from writing and drawing about their feelings in a journal. Click here to download the emotions lesson and journal!
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