4 Essential SEL Lessons Made Easy

4 Instant Social Emotional Learning Lessons

Teach essential social emotional learning lessons without the stress with these four ready-made lesson plans, including free presentations and worksheets.

Instant SEL Lessons- Ready to Teach

Teaching these four key pillars of social emotional learning just got a lot easier. Download and go with these 4 essential social emotional learning lessons for elementary students on Responsibility, Respect, Honesty, and Empathy. Each SEL lesson includes a presentation, worksheet, lesson plan, and links to more related teaching resources. And the best part, they are completely free for use in classrooms or homeschools.

SEL Lessons That Kids Can Relate To

Talking with Trees social emotional learning lessons help elementary students fully engage with SEL topics by using examples from children's real experiences. These presentations and worksheets go beyond surface-level concepts to the important essense of social emotional learning, helping kids understand no only what SEL is, but why it matters in their real lives. So what are you waiting for? Make SEL teaching fun and easy with these 4 free SEL lessons.

Lesson 1: What is responsibility?

Connecting Actions and Consequences

This social emotional learning lesson guides children to connect how their action (or inaction) leads to positive (or negative) consequences. The lesson includes examples about being responsible with chores, taking care of possessions, being home on time-- and how not being responsible has a real impact on their lives and the lives of those around them. Finally, the SEL lesson helps children learn why being responsible is important for all of us in society.

SEL Lesson and Resources

The lesson features a PowerPoint (or Google Slides) presentation, the What is Responsibility Worksheet, and of course, a lesson plan. You can also find a number of other SEL teaching resources, including posters, videos and more in our Responsibility Teaching Resources page.

SEL Lesson on Responsibility
Elementary Social Emotional Learning Lesson on Responsibility

Lesson 2: Respect

How Actions Impact People, Places, Things

This social emotional learning lesson teaches children that showing respect is essentially about caring how your actions and words can have an impact on other people, places, and things. The lesson explores examples around showing respect for people (considering others' needs and feelings) as well as respecting places and things (by not carelessly causing harm.) Finally, the lesson touches on what the world would look like if we didn't all agree to show consideration and care for the people and spaces around us.

Respect Teaching Resources

The lesson features a PowerPoint (or Google Slides) presentation, the What is Respect Worksheet, and of course, a lesson plan. You can also find a number of other SEL teaching resources, including posters, videos and more in our Respect Teaching Resources page.

SEL Lesson on Respect

Lesson 3: What is Empathy

Understanding Others' Perspectives and Feelings

This social emotional learning lesson explains what empathy is and how it helps us understand other people's perspectives. The lesson covers why empathy is important and how to build empathy. The lesson also includes practice at identifying or predicting how other people are feeling using images from the Talking with Trees Social Emotional Learning books.

Empathy Teaching Resources

The lesson features a PowerPoint (or Google Slides) presentation, options for several empathy worksheets, and of course, a lesson plan. You can also find a number of other SEL teaching resources, including posters, videos and more in our Empathy Teaching Resources page.

SEL Lesson on Empathy

Lesson 4: Honesty

Being Truthful in Words and Actions

In this social emotional learning lesson, children learn that being honest is more than just "not lying." The honesty lesson shows how honesty includes being truthful in words and actions, including avoiding deceit, false accusations, lies of omission. The SEL lesson also covers why honesty is important to society and trust with parents and teachers.

Honesty Teaching Resources

The lesson features a PowerPoint (or Google Slides) presentation, the What is Honesty Worksheet, and of course, a lesson plan. You can also find a number of other SEL teaching resources, including posters, videos and more in our Honesty Teaching Resources page.

SEL Lesson on Honesty