Relationship Skills

Family Resources on What are Relationship Skills ?

Project and Purpose

In class students learned the definition of relationship skills. Students played a game called “The Great Debate!” where they had to make choices and practice disagreeing with each other

Relationship Skills are one of the five major competencies, or building blocks, of social emotional learning. We develop relationships so that we can understand each other and work together. Young children are just learning that there are many types of relationships and that different relationships have different norms for getting along together. As they enter school age, most children are just beginning to learn how to get along with large numbers of other peers, instead of just a few friends or family members. This lesson introduces building the competency of relationship skills.

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Conversation Starters and Practice at Home Activities

Tell me about “The Great Debate!” game you played in class. What did you find new or interesting?

Discuss the following questions:

  • How can you disagree with others without making the other person mad
  • Why is it important to be able to disagree without becoming angry?

School to Home Resources on Relationship Skills

In this lesson, students will define and explore Relationship Skills.

Relationship Skills allow students to work collaboratively and resolve conflict with adults and peers.


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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