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Ch 4: Emotional Intelligence Lesson Plans & Activities

About This Chapter

Let the lesson plan outlines in this chapter help you design lessons on emotional intelligence that you can share with your students. The accompanying activities will keep them engaged and bring this information into their daily lives.

Emotional Intelligence Lesson Plans & Activities - Chapter Summary

By building on the materials included in this chapter, you can teach your students how to understand and control their emotions. The lesson plan outlines help you create lessons on what emotional intelligence is and why it's important and introduce activities on this topic for children or college students. The materials provided here will help you develop:

  • Games and other activities on emotional literacy
  • Activities centering on emotional intelligence for students at grade school or college level
  • Lessons on the definition, explanation and importance of emotional intelligence and more!

How It Helps

  • Class discussion questions/topics: Enables you to create questions or topics on emotional intelligence for your students to discuss in class.
  • Activities and games: Provides age-appropriate ideas and suggestions for activities on emotional intelligence and literacy for both children and college students.
  • Curriculum standards: Ensures that your lessons on emotional intelligence and literacy are in accordance with current educational standards.

How It Works

This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan outlines with relevant tools to make planning lessons on emotional intelligence easy.

  • Find lesson plans for specific topics related to emotional intelligence that you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in these lesson plans on emotional intelligence.
  • Share the related lessons about emotional intelligence for each lesson plan with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
  • Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important concepts from these lessons on emotional intelligence.
  • Engage your students with relevant games and activities, discussion questions or other materials covering emotional intelligence found in the lesson plan outline.

32 Lessons in Chapter 4: Emotional Intelligence Lesson Plans & Activities
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Emotional Intelligence Lesson Plan

1. Emotional Intelligence Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to help you teach your students about emotional intelligence. Students will read our text lesson that defines the term and explains different levels of EI then discuss content and apply what they've learned to an activity to make concepts stick.

What Is Emotional Intelligence? - Definition & Explanation

2. What Is Emotional Intelligence? - Definition & Explanation

Do you know people who have difficulty getting along with others and a great deal of conflict in their lives? It's probably linked to their level of emotional intelligence. Learn what emotional intelligence is and how it is important in everyday life.

Emotional Intelligence Activities for Children

3. Emotional Intelligence Activities for Children

Helping children develop their emotional intelligence is an important part of teaching and learning. This lesson offers you some activities that will help your students become more emotionally attuned.

Emotional Intelligence Activities for College Students

4. Emotional Intelligence Activities for College Students

College students are often under so much academic pressure that it can be easy for them to neglect their emotions. These activities are designed to help college students work on their emotional intelligence.

Teaching Emotional Intelligence

5. Teaching Emotional Intelligence

As adults, we take for granted that we have the ability to understand and manage our emotions and related behaviors in our lives. However, as teachers, we need to be sure we give students an opportunity to develop their own emotional awareness in the classroom. This lesson will look at strategies for teaching emotional intelligence in the classroom.

Emotional Intelligence & School Leadership

6. Emotional Intelligence & School Leadership

In this lesson, we will discuss the different reasons improving emotional intelligence (EQ) would be helpful to those in leadership positions in schools. We will discuss strategies for increasing EQ to better relate to students, teachers, parents, and administrators.

The Importance of Emotional Intelligence in Education

7. The Importance of Emotional Intelligence in Education

For decades, education focused on developing students' academic intelligence but not their emotional intelligence. Since the 1990s, however, educators and researchers have begun to realize that developing students' emotional intelligence may be just as important.

Emotional Literacy Activities & Games

8. Emotional Literacy Activities & Games

Emotional literacy is what allows children to describe and understand their own feelings and those of others. The activities in this lesson will help you enhance your students' emotional literacy while building a strong community.

Listening Skills Games for College Students

9. Listening Skills Games for College Students

Developing listening skills is very important for students of all ages, even college students! Use these engaging games to help students develop stronger listening skills.

Active Listening Group Activities

10. Active Listening Group Activities

Active listening is an important skill to function in a variety of life and educational situations. This lesson offers a series of activities for teachers to use with students to help groups develop their active listening skills.

Interpersonal Skills Activities

11. Interpersonal Skills Activities

Working on interpersonal skills can be so important to your students' overall well-being. In this lesson, you will find engaging activities that will help your students develop and practice interpersonal skills.

Emotion Recognition Activities

12. Emotion Recognition Activities

Identifying the emotions of others and reacting to them appropriately is an important life skill for all students to learn. Use these activities to help students understand emotions and how to respond to them.

Emotion Identification Activities for Adults

13. Emotion Identification Activities for Adults

For some people, identifying emotions can be a difficult task. As you teach your adult students about emotions, you may want to consider the activities in this lesson.

Emotion Identification Activities for Kids

14. Emotion Identification Activities for Kids

Learning how to recognize and respond to someone else's emotions is an important part of learning how to thrive in social situations. This lesson offers activities for teaching children to identify emotions.

Homelessness Lesson Plan for Elementary School

15. Homelessness Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Increase student awareness and understanding of homelessness with help from this lesson plan. Students will read a text lesson that describes facts about homelessness, discuss content, and plan an outreach method specific to your community.

Homelessness Facts: Lesson for Kids

16. Homelessness Facts: Lesson for Kids

Did you sleep in a safe, warm apartment or home last night? Would you be surprised to learn that about half a million Americans did not? In this lesson, you'll learn about the problem of homelessness in the U.S. and throughout the world.

Emotional Intelligence Lesson Plan for Elementary School

17. Emotional Intelligence Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Emotional intelligence is a skill that can develop and grow. This lesson plan gives you games and activities to do to strengthen emotional intelligence in elementary-age students.

Homelessness Lesson Plan

18. Homelessness Lesson Plan

This lesson plan is a tool for helping teachers instruct students on factors surrounding homelessness. Students will explain the cause and effects of homelessness, and they'll complete a case study activity to better understand the homeless community.

Loneliness Lesson Plan

19. Loneliness Lesson Plan

In this lesson plan, students will learn about loneliness. After a read aloud and a collaborative discussion, students will engage in creating a skit about loneliness and how to solve it in a real-world situation.

Regret Lesson Plan

20. Regret Lesson Plan

Is it possible to live a life without regret? Use this lesson plan to help your students explore the concept of regret. Find, too, an activity that helps students address their regrets and empowers them to strive to live without regret.

Emotions Lesson Plan

21. Emotions Lesson Plan

Introduce your students to emotions and their connection to the brain with this lesson plan. Students will watch a video lesson for direct instruction, then they will work cooperatively to explore emotions more closely and finish with a quiz.

Feelings Lesson Plan for Middle School

22. Feelings Lesson Plan for Middle School

Middle school is an important time to teach students about emotions in both scientific and personal terms. This lesson plan will help students practice developing emotional awareness, as well as communicating their emotions.

Eye Contact Activities for Adults

23. Eye Contact Activities for Adults

Everyone can benefit from improving their eye contact. These activities for adults will help you guide participants in a few exercises that can help them improve eye contact by practicing with a partner, addressing an audience, and setting goals.

Mindful Listening Activities

24. Mindful Listening Activities

Mindful listening is all about putting all one's energy into the act of hearing and making sense of what is heard. In this lesson plan, students will be engaged in several activities to help them develop their mindful listening skills.

Needs and Wants in Behavior Activities

25. Needs and Wants in Behavior Activities

Identifying needs and wants and behaving appropriately in response to each is an important life skill for students. Use these activities to engage upper elementary or middle school students in distinguishing between and reacting to needs and wants.

Emotional Regulation Activities

26. Emotional Regulation Activities

Emotions are difficult for adults to understand; imagine how hard they can be for your students. The activities in this asset will give your students practice identifying emotions in others and themselves.

Constructive Criticism Activities

27. Constructive Criticism Activities

Constructive criticism is a necessary part of both school and work. These activities help students of all ages practice giving constructive criticism, receiving constructive criticism, and self-evaluation.

Emotional Intelligence Activities for Middle School

28. Emotional Intelligence Activities for Middle School

Emotional intelligence helps students understand the affective mechanisms of their world. This asset contains activities to help teachers of middle school students when teaching them about emotional intelligence.

Emotional Intelligence Activities for High School Students

29. Emotional Intelligence Activities for High School Students

Emotions are difficult to understand in oneself and in others. The activities offered here will help your high school students improve their emotional intelligence by allowing them to explore emotions in themselves and others.

Emotional Intelligence Group Activities

30. Emotional Intelligence Group Activities

Emotional intelligence addresses the impact emotions and moods have on behavior. This asset offers activities to support group instruction about emotional intelligence.

Social Emotional Learning Activities for High School

31. Social Emotional Learning Activities for High School

For high school students, social and emotional learning (SEL) is of fundamental importance. These activity ideas will give you some ways to bring SEL techniques into your classroom.

Social Emotional Learning Activities for Middle School

32. Social Emotional Learning Activities for Middle School

Social and emotional learning is very important to master by the end of middle school, but not always easy. These activities can help you integrate new SEL strategies into your classroom.

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