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Second Step Social-Emotional Learning

A Strong Foundation for Lifelong Learning

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Schoolwide Improvement

Second Step Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) gives students the tools to excel in and out of the classroom. Our easy-to-teach program garners outstanding reviews from educators who’ve noticed schoolwide improvement and see even the most challenging students make progress in emotion management, situational awareness, and academic achievement.

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Lifelong Success

In classrooms from early learning through grade 8, students learn invaluable skills that help them navigate their way through school as well as their community. Second Step’s age-appropriate games, activities, and media engage students and set children on a path to lifelong success.

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Who Is Second Step SEL For?

Second Step SEL is suitable for districts, schools, and communities of any size and in any location. We offer stand-alone, age-appropriate programs for early learning, elementary, and middle school classrooms.

Why Choose Second Step SEL?

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    Trusted by Schools

    Second Step SEL has been successfully implemented by over 26,000 schools worldwide. Our curriculum is designed to align with district standards.

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    Easy to Use

    Educators love using Second Step SEL because lesson plans and activities are easy to implement and require little prep time.

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    Engaging and Useful

    Students eagerly anticipate Second Step’s fun, captivating lessons that include games, activities, and songs. The skills they learn are useful in school, on the playground, and at home.

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    Second Step has been endorsed by numerous organizations, including the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) and the Department of Education, for the quality of our research, training, and teacher and family support.

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We want all of our children to feel safe and secure when they come to school and be able to concentrate on getting the best possible education. Second Step allowed our school district to have a PreK to eighth-grade program, with every school using a common language.

Harry Russell, Principal of Sugarloaf School, Monroe School District, FL

How Second Step SEL Works

Second Step SEL by Grade

Second Step Early Learning kit

Preschool (PreK)

Second Step SEL for Early Learning helps your youngest learners benefit more from preschool and prepare for kindergarten. They’ll learn skills to help them pay attention, remember directions, and manage their behavior.

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SSP K–5 kits


With age-appropriate lessons, Second Step SEL for K–5 features catchy songs, fun games, and other engaging activities that develop social-emotional skills. Children learn how to make friends, manage their emotions, solve problems, and deal with peer pressure.

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Middle School

The Second Step Middle School Program is SEL that brings together today’s technology, the latest in developmental research, and feedback from actual classrooms. The result: a program that helps build a culture of connectedness and empowers middle schoolers with the skills and concepts to succeed socially, in academics, and in life.

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Second Step SEL Scope & Sequence

All Weekly Themes, Lessons, and Objectives

  • Early Learning Scope and Sequence
    Early Learning
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    Kindergarten–Grade 5
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    Middle School
  • Early Learning–Grade 8 Scope and Sequence
    Early Learning–Grade 8
  • A Closer Look at Our Classroom Kits

    Weekly Lesson Cards

    It all starts here. Each weekly lesson is fully scripted to make teaching it as easy as possible. You can teach Second Step right out of the box!

    Weekly Lesson Card from the Grade 2 Kit (PDF)

    Lesson Sample from the Grade 4 Kit (PDF)

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    Following Through Cards

    Following Through Cards reinforce Second Step skills and concepts throughout the week with daily practice.

    Following Through Card from the Grade 2 Kit (PDF)

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    Home Links

    Take-home activities reinforce social-emotional skills and show family members what kids learn in Second Step.

    Home Link from the Grade 2 Kit (PDF)

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    Brain Builder Activities

    Kits for the lower grades contain Brain Builder games that help students master skills through fun, yet challenging activities.

    Brain Builder: Sentence Switcheroo from the Grade 2 Kit (PDF)

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    Student Handouts

    Kits for the higher grades contain classroom handouts designed to boost SEL skills.

    Student Handout from the Grade 5 Kit (PDF)

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    Original, catchy songs help students remember valuable skills and concepts.

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    Classroom or Hallway Posters

    Posters in each kit, written in everyday language, serve as visual reminders of Second Step skills, and can be hung in both classrooms and hallways.

    Problem-Solving Steps Poster from the Grade 5 Kit

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    Music Videos

    Our award-winning music videos keep children engaged and learning.

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    Discover the Importance of SEL in the Classroom

    By building skills in the classroom, we build skills for life.
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    Family Resources

    When families are engaged, students can excel in and out of the classroom while building social-emotional skills that will last a lifetime. Family resources include take-home activities, family letters, parent nights, and individual meetings to help reinforce skills learned in school.

    See Take-Home Activity from Grade 2 Kit (PDF)

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