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Build positive relationships with students in 2 minutes a day.
PreK/Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary, Middle School, High School
≤ 15 minutes
Students write a letter or poem to express their gratitude to something in the natural world.
PreK/Lower Elementary
Multiple Sessions
Students identify the many ways that exist to express gratitude.
Middle School
≤ 1 hour
Students define gratitude and give an example of a time they felt grateful.
Upper Elementary
≤ 30 minutes
Students draw and write about ways they have acted with kindness towards others.
PreK/Lower Elementary
≤ 30 minutes
Students learn to say “thank you” in American Sign Language and brainstorm non-verbal ways to express gratitude.
Upper Elementary
≤ 30 minutes
Students express gratitude through singing.
PreK/Lower Elementary
≤ 30 minutes
Students imagine their lives at 40. (Purpose Challenge Practice #5)
Middle School, High School, College
≤ 30 minutes
Take a few minutes to relax your body and calm your mind.
College, Adult
≤ 15 minutes
A cooperative learning technique that engages all students’ participation through movement, discussion, and communication of ideas.
Upper Elementary, Middle School, High School, College
≤ 1 hour
Use the Circle process to encourage students to safely and respectfully share their level of understanding on an academic topic.
Middle School, High School, College
≤ 30 minutes
Use the Circle process to build a sense of connection among students and staff by sharing moods, feelings, and moments of joy and pain.
PreK/Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary, Middle School, High School, College, Adult
≤ 30 minutes
Students read a text slowly and reflect on its personal meaning for them.
Middle School, High School, College
≤ 30 minutes
Students explore their thoughts, emotions, or ideas by freewriting on a topic of their choosing, an academic-related question, or an ethical dilemma.
Upper Elementary, Middle School, High School, College, Adult
≤ 15 minutes
Students design a tattoo that symbolizes the things that matter most to them. (Purpose Challenge Practice #6)
Middle School, High School, College
≤ 30 minutes
Students grow their self-understanding through a contemplative art process that uses their own “scrapbook” of meaningful images.
Middle School, High School, College
Multiple Sessions
Help students understand that mistakes are important for learning and growing our intelligence
PreK/Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary, Middle School, High School, College, Adult
≤ 15 minutes
Students identify their strengths to increase self-understanding. (Gratitude for Tweens and Teens Lesson 1)
Middle School, High School
≤ 1 hour
Students reach out to trusted adults to ask what they think are students’ strengths and talents. (Purpose Challenge Practice #1)
Middle School, High School, College
≤ 1 hour
Students experience drawing as a strategy that can help shift unpleasant emotions to calmer, more pleasant ones.
PreK/Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary
≤ 30 minutes
Students reflect on how the Earthrise photograph offered humans a new way to see the Earth: without borders or boundaries.
Middle School, High School, College
Multiple Sessions
Students reflect on how the Earthrise photograph instills a sense of awe and wonder towards our planet.
Middle School, High School, College
Multiple Sessions
Students engage in prosocial (kind, helpful) actions for ten days and reflect on the impact of their actions on themselves and others.
Middle School, High School, College
Multiple Sessions
Students reflect on why another person acted kindly towards them, and practice gratitude both verbally & in writing.
Upper Elementary
≤ 30 minutes
Think about a time when you felt close to another colleague to foster a personal sense of belonging at school.
Adult
≤ 15 minutes
Students think about a time when they felt close to someone in order to foster a sense of belonging and well-being.
Middle School, High School, College
≤ 15 minutes
In this circle activity, students practice mindful speaking and mindful listening.
PreK/Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary, Middle School, High School
≤ 15 minutes
An interactive learning strategy that helps students clarify their own ideas and hear other perspectives—while getting them out of their seats.
PreK/Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary, Middle School, High School, College
≤ 30 minutes
Students think about the factors that encourage and discourage people to act when they confront suffering or injustice.
High School, College
≤ 1 hour
Students define gratitude and name things they’re grateful for.
PreK/Lower Elementary
≤ 30 minutes
A simple way to build students’ academic mindset, trust, and positive identity.
Middle School, High School, College
≤ 15 minutes
Students reflect on acts of kindness and how they often require intention and effort on the part of the person who does them.
Upper Elementary
≤ 30 minutes
Students interview an older person about gratitude, deepening their own understanding of gratitude.
Middle School
≤ 30 minutes
Students write five things they’re grateful for once a day for two weeks.
PreK/Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary, Middle School, High School
≤ 15 minutes
Students write a letter of thanks and deliver it in person.
PreK/Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary, Middle School, High School
≤ 30 minutes
Students deepen their understanding of gratitude by “embodying” it.
Upper Elementary
≤ 30 minutes
Students take a mindful walk in nature, noting what they are grateful for, and create a collaborative art piece of their experience.
Upper Elementary
≤ 1 hour
Students interpret and role-play a variety of quotes about gratitude.
Middle School
≤ 1 hour
Students express gratitude towards the many people whose efforts have brought them food.
Upper Elementary
Multiple Sessions
A game to develop students' memory and attention by remembering what you're supposed to do while doing a different motion.
PreK/Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary, Middle School
≤ 15 minutes
Acknowledge the faces of everyone in your classroom or meeting to deepen a sense of group connection.
High School, College, Adult
≤ 15 minutes
A game to build students’ focus and attention by practicing careful looking to find the object that another person is thinking of
PreK/Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary, Middle School
≤ 15 minutes
Students hear and share inspiring stories compassionate risk-takers and then develop their own service project.
Middle School, High School, College, Adult
Multiple Sessions
Students get a secret kindness buddy to do a kind act for during the week.
PreK/Lower Elementary
≤ 30 minutes
Students listen to a song or piece of music and observe their responses.
Upper Elementary, Middle School, High School
≤ 15 minutes
A magical game of tag that promotes inclusion and teamwork.
PreK/Lower Elementary
≤ 15 minutes
Students describe their ideal world and how they might contribute to creating that world. (Purpose Challenge Practice #2)
Middle School, High School, College
≤ 30 minutes
Students establish and build friendships with classmates in a safe way.
Middle School
≤ 15 minutes
Simple ways for teachers, principals, and staff members to help families of all backgrounds feel welcome in the school community
PreK/Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary, Middle School, High School, Adult
≤ 15 minutes
Students reflect on how their science learning is relevant to their lives.
Middle School, High School, College
≤ 15 minutes
Students learn that when someone does something kind, it takes time and effort.
Middle School
≤ 1 hour
Students reflect on a Viktor Frankl quote about why meaning in life is important. (Purpose Challenge Practice #3)
Middle School, High School, College
≤ 30 minutes
Students use photography or drawing to explore purpose and meaning in their lives.
Middle School, High School, College
Multiple Sessions
Students learn to notice sounds, their beginnings and endings, and the silent spaces between each sound.
PreK/Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary, Middle School
≤ 15 minutes
A daily mindfulness and music appreciation practice for the whole school or a single classroom
PreK/Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary, Middle School, High School, College, Adult
≤ 15 minutes
A daily mindfulness and poetry appreciation practice for the whole school or a single classroom
Upper Elementary, Middle School, High School, Adult
≤ 15 minutes
Staff members brainstorm how they will intentionally model SEL in their interactions with students.
Adult
≤ 1 hour
Grades K-3 students learn about the three parts of the brain that are involved with emotion regulation, attention, and learning.
PreK/Lower Elementary
≤ 30 minutes
A game to develop student's memory and attention by remembering what each person has said and repeating it in the correct order
PreK/Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary, Middle School
≤ 15 minutes
Students identify ways that they have acted with kindness towards others.
PreK/Lower Elementary
≤ 30 minutes
A process for helping students generate purposeful projects or endeavors
Middle School, High School
≤ 1 hour
Students choose a quote about purpose and reflect on why it resonates with them. (Purpose Challenge Practice #7)
Middle School, High School, College
≤ 30 minutes
Create class community by brainstorming ways to stop put-downs.
Upper Elementary, Middle School, High School
≤ 1 hour
Build trust and understanding among students by exploring questions of wonder.
Middle School, High School
Multiple Sessions
Students discuss the SEL skills touched upon during the activity in which they have just participated.
PreK/Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary, Middle School
≤ 15 minutes
Students explore how our beliefs about differences influence the ways in which we see and choose to interact with each other.
High School
≤ 1 hour
Students recognize the costs and benefits involved in a kind act. (Gratitude for Tweens and Teens Lesson 2)
Middle School, High School
≤ 1 hour
Students look for the good in others by acknowledging each other’s strengths. (Gratitude for Tweens and Teens Lesson 3)
Middle School, High School
≤ 1 hour
Use the Circle process to encourage self-care among staff and students in all dimensions.
Middle School, High School, College, Adult
≤ 30 minutes
Students write about making long-term goals a reality. (Purpose Challenge Practice #8)
Middle School, High School, College
≤ 30 minutes
Students observe their breath while relaxing and tensing their bodies, and then practice shaking and freezing their bodies.
PreK/Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary, Middle School, High School
≤ 15 minutes
A game to develop students' memory and attention by remembering what motions accompany each phrase, and doing them correctly quickly
PreK/Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary, Middle School
≤ 15 minutes
A game to develop students' self-control by doing the correct (silly) motion instead of the automatic one
PreK/Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary, Middle School
≤ 15 minutes
A game to develop students' self-control by listening for a key phrase before doing an action
PreK/Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary, Middle School
≤ 15 minutes
A list of strategies for making explicit connections to SEL skills throughout the day in order to reinforce students’ practice of skills
PreK/Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary, Middle School, High School
≤ 15 minutes
Students build trust and inclusion through a quick and fun game that reveals their commonalities.
PreK/Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary, Middle School
≤ 15 minutes
Staff members explore the connection between healthy boundaries and an open heart in order to maintain caring relationships.
Adult
≤ 1 hour
Strategies for parents and caregivers to help their children consider offering reparations as part of their apologies
PreK/Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary, Middle School
≤ 15 minutes
Students learn how the positive emotions from gratitude create a cycle of giving.
Middle School
≤ 1 hour
A tool for fostering a supportive and equitable classroom and school environment and for promoting SEL.
PreK/Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary, Middle School, High School, College, Adult
Students define and practice “good sense,” or the will and know-how to do the right thing.
High School
Multiple Sessions
Students use dance to learn about the world and celebrate diversity.
PreK/Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary, Middle School, High School
≤ 30 minutes
Students record three good things that happened to them each day for a week.
PreK/Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary, Middle School, High School
≤ 15 minutes
Teachers unearth stereotypes and examine privilege while reflecting on the impact of systemic discrimination.
Adult
≤ 1 hour
Grade 4-7 students learn about the three parts of the brain that are involved with emotion regulation, attention, and learning.
Upper Elementary, Middle School
≤ 1 hour
Make a plan to use one of your personal strengths every day—and then do it!
Adult
≤ 15 minutes
Students learn how kindness and gratitude strengthen friendships through Splat the Cat.
PreK/Lower Elementary
≤ 30 minutes
Students identify what gets in the way of expressing gratitude.
Upper Elementary
≤ 1 hour
Students define gratitude and the many forms it takes.
Middle School
Multiple Sessions
A game to develop students' memory and attention by keeping track of objects in order to tell which one is missing
PreK/Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary, Middle School
≤ 15 minutes
A quick welcoming activity in which everyone’s voice is heard and valued
Adult
≤ 15 minutes
Students examine how they face everyday moral dilemmas and consider who and what influences their reactions when conflicts arise.
Upper Elementary, Middle School
≤ 1 hour
Through stories, discussion, and creative presentations about true heroes, students foster their compassion for others and see brave community involvement as an admirable, heroic way of life.
PreK/Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary, Middle School, High School
Multiple Sessions
A game to develop students' memory and attention by remembering a series of motions and doing them in the correct order
PreK/Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary, Middle School
≤ 15 minutes
A game to cultivate students’ focus and attention by knowing when it is their turn and the right thing to say
PreK/Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary, Middle School
≤ 15 minutes