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Week 2: Tuesday’s Summer Camp Activities

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This summer, your kids may have a lot of big feelings. Our DIY SEL Summer Camp is here to help! This three-week summer camp includes research-based activities that are modeled on our Second Step social-emotional learning (SEL) program and help your kids learn about science, social studies, math, and more. The activities also teach social-emotional skills that can help all kids ages 1–14 cope with big feelings and other challenges they may face. 

With age-appropriate instructions and easy-to-find household materials, these activities can help you and your family spend quality time together and keep your kids learning over the summer.


PreK

Reading Feelings Words

SEL Skill: Emotion management

What You’ll Need

Directions
Using this activity’s worksheet, have your child choose from the list of feelings. Then, have them find a word that starts with the same letter. For example, for “disappointed,” say: “Disappointed” starts with a D. Look for a word that starts with the letter D.

Or use the beginning sound as a clue. For example, if your child points to “worried,” say: “Worried” begins with a W sound. Look for a word that starts with a W sound.

Put a happy face next to the word when your child finds it.


Kindergarten–Grade 1

Characteristics of Living and Nonliving Things

SEL Skill: Emotion management

What You’ll Need

Directions
Using the Living and Nonliving Characteristics worksheet, have your child compare the characteristics of living and nonliving things, including the ability to have strong feelings.

Have them answer the questions and share their observations with you.


Grades 2–3

Feelings Scale

SEL Skill: Emotion management

What You’ll Need

Directions
Have your child imagine a time when they strongly felt each of the feelings listed on the Feelings Scale worksheet. Ask your child to rate that intensity on a scale of 1 to 1,000 and write it next to the feeling. Then, have them identify how many 1s, 10s, and 100s they have in each of their numbers.


Grades 4–5

Feelings Journal

SEL Skill: Emotion management

What You’ll Need

  • Paper
  • Pencil

Directions
Have your child describe a situation that might make them struggle to control their feelings.

Then, have them write in complete sentences and describe the feelings they’d feel in that situation, as well as what word or words they could use as a signal to help stop their feelings from growing stronger.

Next, have your child write how they could gain control of their feelings and calm down.


Middle School

What Strong Emotions Do to Your Body

SEL Skill: Emotion management

What You’ll Need

  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Online access

Directions
Have your child research and record their findings on how experiencing strong emotions such as fear, sadness, happiness, or anger affects their body.

Then, have them explore a different aspect of their body’s reaction to the specific emotion. To prompt their research, you could ask them:

  • What hormones are released when a person experiences fear?
  • What happens to the liver when a person experiences anger?
  • What happens to the heart when a person experiences sadness?
  • What happens to the respiratory system when a person experiences happiness?