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Fifth-grade students pay attention to social status and need skills to deal with gossip and peer pressure. Additionally, they need skills to help them self-regulate so they can focus in class and learn. The research-based Second Step program includes activities, award-winning videos, and guided classroom discussions to help students understand the complexities of feelings and reactions so they can be ready to learn and deal with emotions and problems responsibly.



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Second Step Grade 5 Classroom Kit $419

Included in the Classroom Kit

You’ll find everything you’ll need to teach the program in the classroom:

  • 22 lessons
  • 3 Unit Cards for teachers
  • 3 colorful classroom posters
  • Grade 5 lesson DVD

Lesson Topics

Lessons are taught once a week and take 35–40 minutes, followed by 5- to 10-minute daily activities—all with little to no prep time.
unit 1
Empathy and Skills for Learning
  • Empathy and Respect
  • Listening with Attention
  • Being Assertive
  • Predicting Feelings
  • Taking Others’ Perspectives
  • Accepting Differences
  • Disagreeing Respectfully
  • Responding with Compassion
unit 2
Emotion Management
  • Introducing Emotion Management
  • Calming Down
  • Managing Anxiety
  • Managing Frustration
  • Resisting Revenge
  • Handling Put-Downs
  • Avoiding Assumptions
unit 3
Problem Solving
  • Solving Problems, Part 1
  • Solving Problems, Part 2
  • Making a Plan
  • Seeking Help
  • Dealing with Gossip
  • Dealing with Peer Pressure
  • Reviewing Second Step Skills

What’s in a Kit?

More Content Online!

  • Online training
  • Teaching instructions
  • Summative assessments
  • Digital versions of teaching resources
  • Spanish translations of lesson and family materials

“If I were speaking to other principals about SEL, I would say, ‘Run toward it as fast as you can. It’s critical.’”

Amy Lloyd, Principal
Cunningham Elementary School, Austin, TX

Call to order the Second Step program: 800-634-4449


Lesson 21: Dealing with Peer Pressure

“Step Up” Music Video

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