Back in the 2019-2020 school, pre-COVID 19, I started a weekly Social Emotional Learning email to the staff at one of my schools. It was a very optional SEL activity, as teachers were not required to use my information if they had their own weekly SEL activity to do with their students, but it was something that my principal wanted me to provide them, so I was happy to do it.

Each week I sent 2-3 videos and sometimes a related worksheet activity to the teachers, usually with a monthly theme. For elementary school students, learning about emotions and emotional regulation is a good area to start. Young children can become easily frustrated at school when they perceive activities or situations to be challenging for them. When this happens, they may lose control of their emotions, resulting in behaviors that are disruptive to instruction or even dangerous to themselves or others.

Here are just 12 of the videos that I use in both my counseling sessions and weekly classroom SEL emails.

1. Grades 3-5 Why Do We Lose Control of Our Emotions? 6:47 minutes

2. Sesame Street Compilation of Videos on Feelings and Emotions

3. K- 3 Inside Out: Guessing the feelings. 3:16 minutes

4. Why Do We Feel Emotional? | Little Kids. Big Questions.

5. (K-2) Bernstein Bears: The Bad Habit (Anxiety)/ The Prize Pumpkin (sportsmanship)

6. Size of Feelings/Anger Thermometer

7. (Grades 3-5) Don’t Flip your Lid: Kids Hip/hop video

8. Howard B Wiggle Bottom: Anger Control

9. HIP HOP Song About Self-Regulation, Using coping Skills

10. Taking a Break When You Need It

11. Staying Calm When Angry