Activities for Building Character and Social Emotional (Grades 1-2)

Easy-to-Use Lessons Integrate Into Daily Curriculum

Includes Digital Resources!


SKU: B271-Net

Build attitudes of respect and caring, reduce problem behaviors, empower students to solve problems, and educate the whole child with the flexible, user-friendly activity guides in the Safe & Caring Schools series. The lessons’ literature-based connections allow teachers to “build in” rather than “add on” social-emotional learning (SEL) throughout the day. Field-tested in classrooms across the United States, these activities when fully implemented have resulted in improved school climate, greater parent engagement, increased academic achievement, and reduction in discipline referrals.

Each book offers:

  • 100+ easy-to-implement year-round activities that integrate into the daily curriculum in all subject areas
  • Monthly themes focused on empathy, bullying prevention, teamwork, decision-making, and more
  • Concise lesson formats (Read, Discuss, Do, Relate)
  • Discussion and writing prompts
  • Built-in assessment

One of the key components of the Grades 1–2 materials is teaching kids to get along. Teachers are encouraged to use classroom meetings (circle time) throughout the day to deal with misunderstandings, bullying, inappropriate language, and social conflicts that arise inside and outside the classroom. By doing so, a forum is created where students can share their feelings, as well as review, process, and discuss ways to positively resolve conflicts.

Written by Katia S. Petersen
Paperback ISBN 9781575423920
Grades 1-2
208 pages
Release Date April 1, 2012

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Free Spirit Publishing

Katia Petersen, Ph.D., is an author, consultant, and educator. She is a training expert in school climate improvement, student support, teacher coaching, and parent engagement. She has delivered professional development courses in schools nationwide on how to use literature to infuse social and emotional learning into core academics. Katia has trained over 65,000 educators and parents to enhance school success. Katia has received many accolades and awards for her work with children and schools. They include having her books named in the “Top Ten Books” by the National Association of Elementary School Principals; being honored with a Teacher’s Choice: Excellence in the Classroom Award from Teacher’s Magazine; and winning the National Association of Broadcasters Service to Children’s Television Award. Katia is the creator of the Safe & Caring Schools® program for grades PreK-8. She is the president and founder of Petersen Argo, Inc., a consulting firm that has been serving the educational needs of children and adults since 1990. She lives with her family in San Francisco, California.

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