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SEL Passport Challenge

social-emotional skills

Updated: May 1, 2019

Children work hard all school year to master their social-emotional skills. This summer, help them stay in practice with this easy-to-make SEL Passport. Parents and teachers can help kids use social-emotional skills to create this handy reminder of how to use kind, respectful, prosocial behavior during their summer break . . . or anytime.

Grades K–5

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Second Step teachers and families: Family Letter with Instructions


Tell children or students what a passport is and why this one’s different: You like to explore, right? When you travel the world, you need a passport to visit different countries. This “passport” is a little different. It will help you explore your inner world and use social-emotional learning (SEL) in real-life situations.

How to make your passport:

  1. Photocopy these two pages front to back, onto one double-sided sheet of paper.
  2. Fold in half vertically along the solid line.
  3. Cut into three strips along the dotted lines.
  4. Arrange pages in sequential order based on the number in the top right corner (cover page opens to page 1, which opens to pages 2 and 3, and so on, with these instructions on the back page).
  5. (optional) Staple along the fold for a little extra stability. Color it for a little extra flair.

How to fill your passport:  

  1. For each social-emotional skill listed, practice using that skill in a real-life situation (for example: at the park, working on homework, in the lunchroom with friends, taking a test, doing chores, in the car, on vacation).
  2. On a separate piece of paper, write a brief summary of the situation, describing the outcomes you observed (you could also draw a picture of what happened, if you prefer).
  3. When done, ask your teacher or parent for a stamp to add to that skill.
  4. After filling your booklet with stamps, congratulate yourself for working to become a kinder, more capable person—yay for you.

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