Family Resources on
Managing Emotions

Project and Purpose

By explicitly teaching social-emotional learning skills while honoring diverse identities, creating a sense of belonging, and promoting student agency toward personal growth and social impact, the teacher better creates a classroom environment that fosters well-being for self and others.

If the lesson is used in the classroom: The goal of this lesson was to help students learn about and practice using self-care strategies for managing strong emotions.

In class students were introduced to three strategies for managing strong emotions, belly breathing, positive self-talk, and counting to ten. Students completed a drawing and writing exercise called “my self-care kit”.

Getting Ready for the Conversation

Just like adults, children experience strong emotions and must learn to manage those emotions.

Conversation Starters and Practice at Home Activities

Have your child show you their “self-care kit” and explain it to you (if you do not have access to their work, have your child explain what they put in the kit).

Offer your child some challenging situations that they could encounter at home or in the community and have your child explain how they could use their “selfcare kit” in those situations.

Discuss the following questions:

  • Why do you think your “self-care kit” will work for you?
  • What are some situations at home where you can use your “self-care kit”?
  • What are some situations in the community where you can use your “selfcare kit”?

School to Home Resources on Managing Emotions

In this lesson, students will learn strategies for managing strong emotions like anger, sadness, excitement or frustration. Students will practice these strategies and create a self-care chart to help remind them of the strategies the work for them.


This 25–35 minute lesson is designed for flexibility. It can be taught in one day or over the course of a week.

  • Warm Welcome
  • Feelings Check-in
  • SEL Skill Spotlight
  • Active Engagement
  • Closing Connection
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