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Self-Regulation Book Companion Lessons & Activities
Self-Regulation Book Companion Lessons & Activities
Self-Regulation Book Companion Lessons & Activities
Self-Regulation Book Companion Lessons & Activities
Self-Regulation Book Companion Lessons & Activities
Self-Regulation Book Companion Lessons & Activities
Self-Regulation Book Companion Lessons & Activities

    Self-Regulation Book Companion Lessons & Activities

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    This self-regulation resource includes 5 book companions on popular children’s books that relate to self-management, calming strategies, and mindfulness (The Rabbit Listened, My Magic Breath, Listening to My Body, I Am Yoga, Charlotte and the Quiet Place).

    Children will participate in classroom discussions and book chats, share their feelings in written form, and participate in fun, engaging activities that build emotional awareness and social skills.

    Each book companion includes a detailed lesson plan, guided questions, anchor chart, concept posters, writing responses, and follow-up activities (printable and digital included). Great for distance learning or in-class teaching of social-emotional skills!

    5 Self-Regulation Book Companions Included:

    1. My Magic Breath by Nick Ortner

    This book companion focusing on our breathing. Children will learn and practice breathing strategies that can help a person manage different feelings and find ways to calm themselves.

    2. Listening to My Body by Gabi Garcia

    The lesson is about how sensations and feelings go together. Children will be encouraged to listen to their bodies and develop an awareness of what it is telling them. They will learn and use calming strategies.

    3. The Rabbit Listened by Cori Doerrfeld

    This lesson is about how their needs change and understanding our emotions. Children will recognize that our needs change depending on what happens to us. They will understand the importance of listening and showing empathy.

    4. I Am Yoga by Susan Verde

    This lesson teaches us about yoga. Children will recognize that they have the power to strengthen their body and calm their mind through yoga. They will practice yoga poses while breathing.

    5. Charlotte and the Quiet Place by Deborah Sosin

    The lesson is about finding "quiet" in order to focus and do the things they want to do. Children will recognize a quiet place that they can go to or imagine to help them find calm and peace. They will practice sitting still in quiet.

    Don’t own a copy of a book? No problem! Safe links to video recordings of books being read aloud are included, as well as a book list of more self-regulation books to use during your lessons.

    Included in this jam-packed SEL Self-Regulation book companion pack:

    • Lessons and activities that focus on 5 Children’s books related to self-management, calming, and mindfulness
    • Each book companion comes with a detailed lesson plan, book chat cards to guide a discussion, anchor chart, and book response (writing or collage)
    • 4 follow-up activities included for every book (many in digital format)
    • Book companion guide with safe links for easy viewing
    • Google Slides ready for use in Google Classroom
    • Images for use in Seesaw
    • Interactive PowerPoint file of the digital templates for use in your preferred platform

    **Check out the detailed PREVIEW for a thorough look into what this resource includes!**


    There is a detailed lesson plan for each book with “Book Chat” cards and questions to guide your discussion before, during, and after reading. An interactive anchor chart and writing activity are included that focus on the social-emotional skill presented in the book and encourage children to express their thinking. This is an excellent way to incorporate social-emotional learning into your ELA block each week!

    Looking for more Social-Emotional Learning lessons and activities? Check out the BEST-SELLING mind+heart curriculum available for K-2 and grades 3-5.


    Each book comes with 4 follow-up activities to build upon the book’s social-emotional lesson. A fun variety of activities are included for independent, partner, and small group use. These high-interest activities are a great way to extend the book’s discussion and build the social-emotional skills kids need!


    Every book companion comes with a digital anchor chart, writing template, and a minimum of 2 digital activities. These are ready in Google Slides™ for use in Google Classroom™. You will be provided with instructions on how to access and a link to create a copy. The digital pages are great for use during remote teaching, distance learning, and in a one-to-one classroom!

    Looking for more DIGITAL Social-Emotional Learning lessons and activities? Check out the DIGITAL mind+heart curriculum available for K-2.

    Why You Need This Book Companion Resource:

    ♥ The children’s books in this book companion resource have been carefully chosen as they cover the most important topics that we often do not have time to teach (SEL ones).

    ♥ It provides an opportunity to have meaningful discussions and use impactful activities that build important social and emotional skills a child needs. Children need to build their emotional awareness and these lessons and activities will guide them there!

    ♥ Since you are using literature to teach, you are covering important English Language Arts standards and building children’s literacy skills.

    ♥ It provides a TON of variety for each book, keeping things fresh and engaging for kids!

    ♥ As it includes printable and digital activities, this resource is great for use during distance learning, homeschooling, and in one-to-one classrooms.

    Suggestions on How to Use:

    • Each lesson starts with a book chat that continues during and after reading a book. There are questions included to guide your discussion.
    • There is an anchor chart idea provided to enhance the book’s lesson.
    • A follow-up writing activity can be used to extend the discussion.
    • There are 4 activities for each children’s book. Some include digital options.
    • I suggest reading 1 book per week and doing the lesson. Use the extra activities to reinforce the topic covered in the story throughout the week.
    • Differentiated templates included. Please choose what fits best with your students’ abilities and needs.

    The lessons and activities work great for after morning meetings or end of the day lessons, school counselors and classroom teachers, and children in K-2.

    Looking to build more SEL into your week?
    Try the BEST-SELLING SEL resources available for K-2 & 3-5 that each contain a year’s worth of lessons and activities.
    ♥♥mind+heart Social Emotional Learning Curriculum for K-2♥♥

    Check out the other SEL units for K-2:
    Emotions & Feelings
    Self-Regulation & Self-Control
    Growth Mindset
    Relationships & Friendship
    Empathy & Social Awareness
    Kindness & Bucket Filling
    Respect & Gratitude
    Responsibility, Goal Setting, & Conflict Resolution

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