Social Emotional Learning with Jamboard

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This lesson is designed for kindergarteners to practice using the SEL emotional regulation colors.

It follows the Oregon Standard 4: Students will demonstrate the ability to use interpersonal communication skills to enhance health and avoid or reduce health risks. Specifically the kindergarten standard: HE.4.K.1 Identify healthy ways to express needs, wants, and feelings. 

This lesson assumes kids already have previous knowledge of the four emotion zones and allows them to practice through a read-aloud, drawing, partner sharing, and generating a class list. Click on any of the images to access the Jamboard. Jamboard allows students to have ownership of their own slides and creation in a virtual setting. It also allows for easy sharing because anyone with the link can access the information.

First, watch or read the book ‘The Bad Seed’ by Jory John

Then pull up the Jamboard on the teacher’s screen (without sharing the link to the students) to review the four core emotions and some strategies that people can use to move back to green.

Ask the students what color they think the bad seed felt at the beginning and end of the book. Generate some ideas about what the bad seed did to move to green on the whiteboard.

Then, share the Jamboard link with the students and have them identify what color they are currently feeling on slide #2.

SEL emotion student check-in



When finished, have them each find their slide (the teacher should put students’ names at the top of each slide before the lesson) and draw themselves as the bad seed and some strategies they would use to move back to green. Students can reference slide #1, the whiteboard, or the example slide on #3 for examples.

examples of emotional regulation to get to green.
Teacher example of a bad seed self-portrait and personal strategies

Once finished drawing, have students share their images with a partner and explain their strategies. The teacher will then gather students’ ideas on the last slide.

Gather class emotional regulation strategies here to have something to reference back to in the future.

5 Replies to “Social Emotional Learning with Jamboard”

  1. Hello Marlee! Great job on your post! I really liked the read-aloud video you used. It was really cute and engaging! Jamboard is a great tool for allowing students to see the work of their peers, and I think you definitely took advantage of this. By the end of the activity, students will not only have self-made advice for their chosen circumstance, but also the advice of others for various scenarios.

  2. Marlee! I am so blown away by your unique use of Jamboard with the how are you feeling slide. This is such an amazing way to not only teach your students about their emotions but also gauge how you should approach the school day. I also loved seeing your drawing of yourself as the bad seed and then the subsequent drawing showing you how they can get back to the green zone emotionally. Giving your students a voice and letting them know you can see them is so vital in their early development. Love the lesson, would love to teach it myself.

  3. Hi Marlee!
    I enjoyed reading your lesson with using jamboard! I think that this is a creative and fun lesson that students will want to engage in. Social and emotional learning is now being brought into more schools because of the pandemic, but as future educators I think that it is so important that we focus on this concept because it will help students to reach their personal and academic goals. I also loved the book choice, that is one of my favorite books and students will definitely be able to make a connection with it after a read aloud.

  4. Marlee, this is an outstanding lesson idea that demonstrates how to leverage Jamboard in the classroom. I like that it incorporates a video as a starter prompt. Then guides the students through a series of activities where they use Jamboard to manipulate content and share emotional perspectives. It closes with an open-ended full class brainstorm on coping strategies. All very thoughtfully designed and presented. Excellent!

  5. Hi Marlee! This is such a cute idea for a lesson! I love how dimensional it is with the video/ book, the chart, and then the jam board. This is an awesome use of jam board for younger students and to create a lesson that all of your students will love to get involved in!

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