A great way to incorporate social emotional learning into your classroom is through children's books. Read alouds are a regular routine in your classroom and so many books highlight social-emotional themes. One SEL standard focuses on a student recognizing their own personal qualities. The following seven children's books on being yourself are the perfect way to address this standard.
Brian is a shy student that feels invisible to everyone. No one notices him, picks him for teams, invites him to birthday parties, or sits with him at lunch. A new student, Justin, starts and gets made fun of for his lunch. Brian gives him a nice note and Justin notices what a good artist Brian is. He invites Justin to play and work with him. Brian finally doesn't feel invisible.
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