Activities & Resources

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Activities

inspirED activities were developed by students, educators, and SEL experts working together to help teens feel the emotions they said they wanted to feel in recent research conducted by the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence.

Activities come in three formats: 1 to 10-minute exercises, 50-minute classroom lessons, and project-based learning opportunities—that allow teachers and students to pick the option that will work best for their school. Activities feature a combination of resources, including video clips; readings from books, articles, and websites; silent, written, and oral reflections; small- and large-group discussions; knowledge and skill development; and connections to families and communities.

The emotions below are how teens say they want to feel. Click on the emotion that you want to generate, and you will see a selection of activities.


Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) is the nation’s leading organization advancing the development of academic, social and emotional competence for all students. The team at CASEL mapped the inspirED lessons to the five core social and emotional competencies. Explore the competencies and lessons below that best suit the needs of your school and students.

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