2nd Grade Classroom Lessons

2nd Grade Unit 1
Self-Awareness & Self-Management

Questions 1.  How do we categorize feelings? 2.  How do we manage our feelings?

Students will know
1. Which feelings are associated with the green, yellow, blue and red zones. 2. Strategies to manage feelings in each zone.



The Zones of Regulation is a curriculum geared toward helping students gain skills in consciously regulating their actions, which in turn leads to increased control and problem solving abilities. Using a cognitive behavior approach, the curriculum's learning activities are designed to help students recognize when they are in different states called \"zones,\" with each of four zones represented by a different color. In the activities, students also learn how to use strategies or tools to stay in a zone or move from one to another.


Visiting Feelings

  Beautifully descriptive prose and delightful illustrations cultivate a message of mindfulness and emotional awareness to help children fully experience the present moment. Rather than labeling or defining specific emotions and feelings, Visiting Feelings invites children to sense, explore, and befriend any feeling with acceptance and equanimity. Children can explore their emotions with their senses and nurture a sense of mindfulness. Gaining this objectivity allows space for a more considered response to the feelings. Practicing mindfulness can also enhance many aspects of well-being, help develop insight, empathy, and resiliency.

  Maia and Nico are best friends. They never get tired of playing together. Unexpectedly, though, Nico and his family have to move far away for a while. Maia is devastated. Now time passes slowly, and the emptiness is with Maia everywhere she goes.She makes her way through the dark days, bored and alone. But, slowly, things begin to change, and ... Maia meets an unexpected companion ... She makes a new friend ... She even discovers a new passion. Her life has become so happy and full, in fact, that she worries there will no longer be enough room for Nico. Of course, when he returns, she discovers there is. As Maia learns, There is always space in your heart for friendship.
 Wilma    Anxiety is a subjective sense of worry, apprehension, and/or fear. It is considered to be the number one health problem in America. Although quite common, anxiety disorders in children are often misdiagnosed and overlooked. Everyone feels fear, worry and apprehension from time to time, but when these feelings prevent a person from doing what he/she wants and/or needs to do, anxiety becomes a disability. This fun and humorous book addresses the problem of anxiety in a way that relates to children of all ages. It offers creative strategies for parents and teachers to use that can lessen the severity of anxiety. The goal of the book is to give children the tools needed to feel more in control of their anxiety. For those worries that are not in anyones control (i.e. the weather,) a worry hat is introduced

Angry Octopus
  Angry Octopus is a story that teaches children how to use progressive muscle relaxation and breathing techniques to calm down, lower stress, and control anger. Children relate to the angry octopus in this story as the sea child shows the octopus how to take a deep breath, calm down, and manage anger. 

Children learn to unwind, relax, and control anger with this fun exercise known as progressive muscle relaxation. Children relate to the angry octopus in this story as the sea child shows him how to take a deep breath, calm down, and manage his anger. These effective stress and anger management techniques for children focus awareness on various muscle groups to create a complete resting of the mind and body. Progressive muscle relaxation can be used to lower stress, decrease pain, and manage anger. 


2nd Grade Unit 2
Responsible Decision Making


1. What is the size of the problem?

2. How can we alter our behavior to change people’s thoughts and feelings?

3. When do we use strategies?

Students will know

1. Problems can be labeled as “small”, “medium”, and “big”.

2. Expected behavior can give people good thoughts

3. Unexpected behavior can give people uncomfortable thoughts


  This is the story of a persistent problem and the child who isn't so sure what to make of it. The longer the problem is avoided, the bigger it seems to get. But when the child finally musters up the courage to face it, the problem turns out to be something quite different than it appeared.



2nd Grade Unit 3
Relationship Skills


1. How do communication skills impact a person’s ability to make and keep friends?

2. How do we know what someone is thinking or feeling?

Students will know

1. Effective communication involves reading non-verbal cues (reading the room) in order to know when to stop talking or when it is time to let the other person talk.

2. We can make a “smart guess” about someone’s thoughts and feelings based on verbal and non-verbal clues.


Social Detective


Every one of us is a Social Detective. We are good Social Detectives when we use our eyes, ears, and brains to figure out what others are planning to do next or are presently doing and what they mean by their words and deeds. 

Sections of the book include:

1. School Smarts/Social Smarts & Expected Behavior
2. Unexpected Behavior
3. Being a Social Detective

Howard Listens
  This book is a great review to listening skills and Whole Body Listening. While reading the story, the students will make connections between listening and friendship. 

2nd Grade Unit 4
Social Awareness

Question 1. What factors make each family unique

Students will know
1. Culture may include family background, heritage or membership in a group. 2. Every family unit is different 3. It is the totality of factors (character traits, interests, culture, experiences, physical traits) that make an individual or group unique




All Families are Special
  When Mrs. Mack says she will soon be a grandmother, her students realize that teachers have families just like they do! Suddenly everyone in the class wants to share information about his or her own unique family.

Who's in My Family
  Join Nellie and Gus and their family — plus all manner of other families — for a day at the zoo, where they see animal families galore! To top off their day, Nellie and Gus invite friends and relatives for a fun dinner at home. Accessible, humorous, and full of charming illustrations depicting families of many configurations, this engaging story interweaves conversations between the siblings and a matter-of-fact text, making it clear to every child that whoever makes up your family, it is perfectly normal — and totally wonderful.

Tango The heartwarming true story of two penguins who create a nontraditional family is now available in a sturdy board book edition At the penguin house at the Central Park Zoo two penguins named Roy and Silo were a little bit different from the others But their desire for a family was the same And with the help of a kindly zookeeper Roy and Silo got the chance to welcome a baby penguin of their very own In time for the tenth anniversary of And Tango Makes Three this Classic Board Book edition is the perfect size for small hands