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Activities for Building Character and Social-Emotional Learning Grades 3–5

Safe & Caring Schools® Series


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
The Grades 3–5 resource guide, like all the other Safe & Caring Schools volumes, is structured to be student-centered. The activities create opportunities for students to ask questions, discuss their interests, and find out what motivates them to get along with others. The lessons help students improve their social skills and use them as they practice teambuilding, communication techniques, deal with friendship issues, and express their feelings in appropriate ways.
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ISBN: 978-1-57542-393-7
Audience: Educators, group leaders, caregivers, grades 3–5
Trim Size: 8.5" x 11"
Page Count: 208
Digital Content: Includes all reproducible forms from the book
Praise for the series:
“In order to maximize the educational experience, a student must feel safe and worthwhile. This book is a complete and comprehensive guide for educators on creating an ideal environment for children to learn. With advice on mixing in social and emotional education alongside academic curriculum, this book is an ideal guide to helping students make the most of themselves, both now and later in life. A top pick for any educator and for community library education collections.”—Library Bookwatch

“The series, organized in age-appropriate guides for preK–K, 1–2, 3–5, and 6–8, includes practical activities and a literature foundation, making it easy for teachers to infuse social and emotional learning throughout the day.”—PaperClip Communications’ Curriculum Review

“We’ve seen a dramatic increase in the use of conflict resolution skills among our students, a reduction in the number of inappropriate behaviors leading to disciplinary action, a noticeable change in school culture, and more parent awareness of appropriate social skills and emotional literacy skills.”—Assistant Superintendent

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January 18, 2021 / Jenny - Boston
Amazing resource for school counselors and school psychologists!

I never write reviews but while I was on the website I noticed that this had 1 star. This resource is amazing. I use it all the times with groups and individuals during counseling.

March 2, 2017 / Kourosh - Vancouver
Digital content not available

The cover says digital content is available for this book, but it is not

Free Spirit Response:
Suzy Winther / Senior Marketing Specialist / March 2, 2017

Hello Kourosh,

I'm so sorry you've had issues accessing the digital content for Activities for Building Character and Social-Emotional Learning​, Grades 3-5. The URL and password for the digital content is located on page four of the book. I tested them just now and they worked fine on our end. Could you please try again? Be sure you're typing the URL exactly as it's printed. If you still have issues, please email and our customer service department can email you the files directly.

Best regards,
Suzy Winther


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