Merrell's Strong Kids

A Social and Emotional Learning Curriculum
Second Edition
Grades 3-5
Pages: 272
ISBN: 9781598579536
Item Number: 8589


Teach social-emotional competence—the foundation of school and social success—with the NEW editions of the Strong Kids—Grades 3–5 curriculum! Strong Kids is the fun and easy way to help your students develop the social-emotional skills they need to manage their challenges and succeed in school and life.

Developed by a team of educational and mental health experts, this evidence-based, age-appropriate curriculum is

  • Low cost and low tech
  • Proven to help increase students’ knowledge of social and emotional concepts and decrease their emotional and behavioral problems
  • Easy to implement with no mental health training required
  • Brief enough to use with any program

Through engaging, thought-provoking classroom activities, students learn about emotions and the social-emotional skills they’ll use for the rest of their lives: managing anger, reducing stress, solving interpersonal problems, and much more. This scientifically-based curriculum runs for 12 weeks, and lessons are easy to fit into your existing schedule (especially with the new options for breaking them into smaller chunks). Partially scripted lessons, handouts, and worksheets are included—all photocopiable and available as downloads—so teachers have everything they need to implement the program with little added cost or preparation.

Book Review

“The authors of the Strong Kids 2nd Edition tackle an important topic for educators: Social Emotional Learning. The series is highly recommended and will prove invaluable to school professionals with structured lesson plans and supplementary materials to help all students succeed.”

Lori Ernsperger, Executive Director of Behavioral Training
Resource Center, and author of Recognize, Respond, Report:
Preventing and Addressing Bullying of Students with Special Needs

About the Downloadable Material
About the Authors
Foreword Hill M. Walker

Section I Introduction and Overview

    1. Chapter 1 About

Strong Kids

    1. Chapter 2 Preparing Your Lessons and Your Students


    1. Chapter 3 Overview of the Lessons


    1. Chapter 4 What’s New: Updates to

Strong Kids

    1.  and

Strong Teens
Section II The Strong Kids—Grades 3–5 Curriculum

    1. Lesson 1 About

Strong Kids:

    1.  Emotional Strength Training


    1. Lesson 2 Understanding Your Emotions 1


    1. Lesson 3 Understanding Your Emotions 2


    1. Lesson 4 Understanding Other People’s Emotions


    1. Lesson 5 Dealing with Anger


    1. Lesson 6 Clear Thinking 1


    1. Lesson 7 Clear Thinking 2


    1. Lesson 8 Solving People Problems


    1. Lesson 9 Letting Go of Stress


    1. Lesson 10 Positive Living


    1. Lesson 11 Creating Strong and SMART Goals


    1. Lesson 12 Finishing UP!

Section III Appendices

    1. Appendix A

Strong Kids 

    1. Knowledge Test: For Use with Students in

Strong Kids—Grades 3–5

    Appendix B Basic Fidelity Checklist


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