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Second Step Sample Lessons

Complete sets of materials from select Social-Emotional Learning (SEL), Bullying Prevention Unit, and Child Protection Unit lessons are available for PreK through Grade 8.

Social-Emotional Learning

Bullying Prevention Unit
(Available for Kindergarten-Grade 5)

Child Protection Unit
(Available for Kindergarten-Grade 5)

Social-Emotional Learning Program

Early Learning

Weekly Theme 6: Asking for What You Need or Want


Lesson 2: Focusing Attention

Grade 1

Lesson 11: Showing Care and Concern

Grade 2

Lesson 17: Solving Problems, Part 1

Grade 3

Lesson 8: Accepting Differences

Grade 4

Lesson 15: Handling Put Downs

Grade 5

Lesson 21: Dealing with Peer Pressure

Grade 6

Unit 1, Lesson 2A: Starting Middle School

Sample Lesson for Grade 6, Unit 1, Lesson 2A

In “Starting Middle School,” the program’s Real Voices videos are introduced, and students hear from kids like them about their experiences starting middle school. By using the students’ stories, the lesson addresses the challenges and fears students encounter as they begin sixth grade, reassures them their concerns are normal, and shows that adjusting can go smoothly, while encouraging a positive outlook.

Grade 7

Unit 1, Lesson 1: Welcome!

Sample Lesson for Grade 7, Unit 1, Lesson 1

In a friendly and relatable way, “Welcome!” explains the emotional changes students undergo during middle school. It engages students with open-ended questions, partner and writing exercises, and a student video. The lesson is intended to help students stay aware of important developmental changes of early adolescence and shows, through several topics, how the Second Step lessons can help them succeed and thrive both academically and socially.

Grade 8

Unit 1, Lesson 5: Overcoming Failure

Sample Lesson for Grade 8, Unit 1, Lesson 5

In “Overcoming Failure,” students learn through group activities and a Real Voices video to overcome failure by maintaining a clear vision of what they want to accomplish, learning from their mistakes, and using good strategies.

Out-of-School Time

Unit 1, Topic 2: Facing Challenges with Confidence

In this activity from the Growth Mindset & Goal Setting unit for Kindergarten–Grade 1, kids learn three strategies that can help them work through challenges and then use those strategies to build a tower from 10 random items.

Bullying Prevention Unit

Available for Kindergarten through Grade 5
Explore samples from Grades 2 and 5 below

Grade 2

Lesson 3: Refusing Bullying

Grade 5

Lesson 3: Refusing Bullying

Child Protection Unit

Available for Early Learning through Grade 5
Explore samples from Early Learning and Grades 2 and 5 below

Early Learning

Weekly Theme 3: Safe and Unsafe Touches

Grade 2

Lesson 3: Safe and Unsafe Touches

Grade 5

Lesson 3: Unsafe and Unwanted Touches