Affective Education Lesson Plans and Resources

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Building Classroom Community, Social Skills, Friendship, Kindness, Self-Esteem, Feelings, Values, and Bullying Prevention

October is Bullying Prevention Month!

This page consists of links to lessons and resources for the affective domain including building community, social skills, friendship, kindness, self-esteem, feelings/emotions, values/character education, and bullying prevention. Click on a topic in the index below to find the resources you need.

Site Index: Affective Dimensions, Building a School/Classroom Community, Social Skills, Friendship, Kindness, Self-Esteem, Feelings/Emotions, Values/Character Education, Bullying Prevention

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Affective Dimensions Overview
The Affective System
An overview from Educational Psychology Interactive.

The Learning Domains of Bloom's Taxonomy
Information and levels for all three domains. See also Taxonomy of the Affective Domain.   

Three Domains of Learning: Cognitive, Affective, Psychomotor
The taxonomies and verbs for writing objectives in each.

An Affective Skills Curriculum
Four units to enhance self-awareness, social skills, goal setting, and the recognition of emotions.

Building Community Lesson Plans
Responsive Classroom
This link takes you to their home page. They offer "
an approach to elementary teaching that emphasizes social, emotional, and academic growth in a strong and safe school community."

Creating Class Rules: A Beginning to Building Community
A shared writing activity designed to help establish a foundation for ongoing community-building. See also Building a Classroom Community: Crafting Rules for the Classroom.

Chapter 1. Building a Healthy Classroom Community
A book chapter from ASCD.

Strategies to Create a Community in Your Classroom
From PBS.

Creating Community -  Lesson Plans
Lesson plans for all grade levels from One World, One Heart Beating.

Using Children's Literature to Develop Classroom Community
A lesson plan for grades 3-6.

How to Get Started
Ideas for establishing a community atmosphere in your elementary classroom. 

Creating a Classroom Community
Articles and lesson plans from Scholastic.

Building Blocks of a Community
A 6th-grade lesson plan from Learning to Give. See also Living in a Community for a 5-lesson unit by Learning to Give.

Coming Together
A 3rd-grade movement activity about developing community. 

Social Skills Lesson Plans
FACS: Social Skills
A lesson plan in which students learn to identify unacceptable social behaviors and replace them with acceptable ones.

Social Skills for Middle School Students
A large number of brief lesson plans.

Getting Along with Others
A lesson plan for grades K-5. See also Listening to Others and Teaching Guide: Prejudice.

Let's Get Along
 A lesson plan for grades 3-8 from Education World.

Conflict Resolution Using Pretzels
A weekly activity in which students exchange compliments and criticism. It was created to develop stronger social skills in a 1st-grade class.

Teaching Social Skills to Kids Who Don't Yet have Them
An informative article.

Group Activities to Build Appropriate Social Interactions at School
From ThoughtCo.

Friendship Lesson Plans
Friendship Theme
Lesson plans, units, worksheets, etc. from A to Z Teacher Stuff.

A Kindergarten lesson plan using the Eric Carle's Do You Want to Be My Friend?

Being Friends
A teaching guide for grades K-5.

Friendship Activities
From Pinterest. You will have to register to view the whole page.

How to Be a Good Friend
A high school lesson plan.

Let's Be Friends
Eight lesson plans for grades 2-3.

How to make a Friendship Salad
A lesson plan for early elementary grades.

Cliques, Friendships, Groups, or Boxes

A lesson plan for grades 9-12 that helps students explore the social "boxes" that they place themselves in or are put in by others, and focus on how they judge one another. See also Cliques; Behind the Labels for an online activity.

Kindness Lesson Plans
No Name-Calling Week (January 15-19-2024)
Elemetary lesson plpans. See also 10 Simple Ways to Celebrate No-Name Calling Week.

Living the Dream: 100 Acts of Kindness
A K-2 lesson plan in which students participate in Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream by doing 100 acts of kindness.

Kindness: A Lesson Plan
Classroom activities and resources from Edutopia.

Teaching Kindness with Clifford (the Big Red Dog
A K-2 lesson plan from Scholastic.

Kindness Just Because
One lesson from a unit titled, Philanthropic Literature.    

Make Kindness the Norm at Your School
Many lesson plans from Random Acts of Kindness. See also Free Language Arts Lesson Plan for High School and College: Random Acts of Kindness.

Activities, Lesson Plans, and Strategies
A long list from Jeremiah's Hope for Kindness.

Kindness Challenge
A lesson  plan for the 5th grade from

Justice and Kindness Play a Part
An 8th-grade lesson plan from Learning to Give. See also their lesson plan titled Random Acts of Kindness.

Self-Esteem Lesson Plans
Ten Activities to Improve Students' Self-Concepts
From Education World.

Self-Esteem/Class Pride
A  lesson plan for grades 3-5 from Education World.

The Fuzzy-Feeling Chair
An elementary-grade lesson plan designed to build students' self-esteem by having their peers recognize and comment on their positive traits.   

A lesson plan for grades 6-8 from the Discovery Education.

Self-Esteem in Middle School
A unit with three lesson plans from Scholastic.

Enhancing Self-Esteem
A teaching guide for grades 5-9.

Improving Self Esteem
Lesson plans from

Girls, Role Models, and Self-Esteem
An article fron Lesson Tutor.

Feelings/Emotions Lesson Plans
A preschool lesson plan in which students make p
plate faces with different feelings on them, such as happy, sad, mad.

Teaching Guide: Dealing with Feelings
Discussion questions, group activities, and writing assignments from

Brain-Based Learning and Feelings
A KWL lesson that could be adapted to many grade levels.

Managing Anger

A lesson plan for grades 9-12.

Controlling Anger
A Teaching Guide.

Getting Emotional: Learning about Feelings
A lesson plan for grades K-6 from Education World. See also Be the Boss: A lesson Plan on Managing Feelings.

Emotion Walk
A movement lesson plan adaptable to a variety of grade levels.

Striking Out Stress: A "Gallery Walk" Activity
A lesson plan for grades 6-12 from education World in which students learn about stress and how to cope with its effects.


Values/Character Education

Character Education
Links to many lesson plans and resources from A to Z Teacher Stuff.           

Character Education Informational Handbook & Guide II
Information and several short lesson plans from the North Carolina Public Schools.
Character education teaching guides with discussion questions, writing assignments, and student activities for all grade levels plus a number of other resources for teachers. See also Live Wire Media for a nice selection of character education videos.

Peace and Aggression: A Challenge of Our Time
An interesting unit examining the morality of war and dissent within the historical context of the Vietnam war.

Non-Violent Protest Through The Ages
A middle school unit examining non-violence and exploring the ideas and accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King, Henry David Thoreau, and Mohandas Karamch and Gandhi.

Challenge Your Students with the Daily Dilemma
Discussion starters from

The Mystery of the Undiscovered Values
A 5th-grade unit which seeks to foster the development of values and personal integrity through the study of mystery and detective fiction.

Action is Character: Exploring Character Traits with Adjectives
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 from Read-Write-Think.

Socrates and the Law: Argument in an Athenian Jail
A lesson plan for grades 8-12 analyzing the relationship between individual rights and the rule of law in contemporary society through the study of Socrates and the arguments he presents in the Crito. It is part of EDSITEment, a program of The National Endowment for the Humanities.


Bullying Prevention Lessons and Resources

No Name-Calling Week
Celebrate kindness with resources from GLSEN including 10 Simple Ways to Celebrate No-Name Calling Week.

 The Misfits Literature Unit
Activities for The Misfits, which is the book that inspired No Name-Calling Week.

Gear Up for No name-calling Week!
Ideas from Teaching Tolerance.

Pacer's National Bullying Prevention Center
The home page of this premier organization. See their Classroom Education and Activities.

October is Bullying Prevention Month
Information from Pacer's National Bullying Prevention Center.

What Is Cyberbullying? An Overview for Students, Parents, and Teachers
From Maryville University.

Stop Bullying Now
Another good resource for information on bullying prevention.

New Ways to Stop Bullying
An excellent article from APA Online Monitor on Psychology.

Bullying and Teasing

Discussion questions, activities, writing assignments, and home assignments for grades K-5.

A Contract on Bullying
A mini-unit on identifying and preventing bullying for 6th and 7th-graders.

Kids Bullying Kids
A lesson plan for grades 3-9 from Education World in which students anonymously complete a survey about their experiences with bullying.

Bullying Reality Quiz
Another lesson plan from Education World, this one for grades 6-12.

Cruel Schools
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 on bullying and violence from Discovery Education.

Cyber Bullying Lesson Plans
Many lesson plans from the Kamaron Institute. Be patient. The page can take a while to load.

A Bad Case of Bullying: Using Literature Response Groups with Students
A Read/Write/Think lesson plan for grades 3-5 using the book, A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon.   

The Secret Life of Hubie Hartzel
A lesson plan for grades 3-5 using this book by Susan Rowan Masters.  Bullying is one theme of the book and lesson plan. See also Masters' new play based on this book.

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