Core SEL Competencies
  • Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is an important kind of learning that goes on in elementary school. Helping students to develop a sense of self; regulation of his or her own emotions, thoughts, and behaviors; an awareness of others' perspectives and appreciation of other other people's experiences; communication and relationship building skills; and the ability to analyze situations, evaluate possibilities, and problem solve  is what SEL is all about. Most of the school guidance programs and lessons cover SEL. Teachers incorporate these skills into class meetings and lessons as well. For more information on the importance of SEL in the lives of children, check out resources at The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), which created the image above.

    Mountain Brook Schools Purchased Second Step 2020 - The Second Step curriculum has been purchased for grades K-6 to be used for social-emotional learning. These lessons are sequential and have research to back up their effectiveness. The program has been around for many years and had multiple editions. This program aligns with the Child Protection Unit  that our district uses in 2nd and 5th grades as it is produced by the same company. To view a full list of lesson and the skills they teach, click for grades K-5 and here for 6th grade

    Staff and faculty work through development of SEL activities on a regular basis. We read professional literature on the topic, attend conferences and workshops on this, and collaborate and consult with each other regularly on SEL activities.

    The following list of books has been compiled by our Speech and Language Pathologist Sarah Jackson and our Counselor Laura Witcher and are available to all professional staff to use with students. Books are regularly added to our collections and shared with our professional staff.

  • Books for Guidance and Social Emotional Learning    (Listed by topic)
    Title Author Subject(s) and Terms/Phrases Used
    I Just Don't Like the Sound of No! My Story About Accepting No for an Answer and Disagreeing... the Right Way! Cook, Julia accepting 'no,' and disagreeing appropriately
    I Just Don't Like the Sound of No! Activity Guide Cook, Julia accepting 'no,' and disagreeing appropriately
    Little Prickles Nelson, Kate and Gavin accepting who you are
    Everybody Feels... Anger Bingham, Jane anger is normal
    Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns It's Okay to Back Away Binkow, Howard anger management
    Cool Down and Work Through Anger Meiners, Cheri anger management
    How to Take the GrrrR Out of Anger Verdick, El & Marjorie Lisovskis anger management for older kids, chapter book
    If You're Angry and You Know It Kaiser, Cecily anger management to the tune of "If You're Happy & You Know It", Level 2 Scholastic Reader
    How do Dinosaurs Say I'm Mad? Yolen, Jane anger management, mad, behavior
    When Sophie Gets Angry--Really, Really Angry... Bang, Molly anger, artistic book that gives real description of what anger is like for some, use to teach mindfulness
    When I Feel Angry Spelman, Cornelia Maude anger, managing anger in healthy ways
    The Bad Mood! Petz, Moritz Apologizing, saying "sorry" does not make it okay, "Sorry" is not an excuse to misbehave
    How do Dinosaurs Go to School? Yolen, Jane Apologizing, saying sorry
    Words Are Not for Hurting Verdick, Elizabeth Attitude, bad attitude, gratitude
    Behavior Survival Guide for Kids: How to Make Good Choices and Stay Out of Trouble McIntyre, Tom bad mood, taking bad mood out on others, apologies
    My Mouth is a Volcano! Cook, Julia behavior at school
    Well, I Can Top That! Cook, Julia behavior, thought bubble, speech bubble, friendship
    Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns About Courage Binkow, Howard behavioral disorder handbook for older kids/teens, not for class use
    Chester Raccoon and the Big Bad Bully Penn, Audrey blurting, interrupting
    Chester Raccoon and the Big Bad Bully Penn, Audrey bragging, lying
    Diary of a Real Bully Arabo, Melody bravery, courage to try things you need to do
    Don't Laugh at Me Seskin, Steve & Allen Shamblin bully story where the bully is often left out because of being so rough, group deals with the bully
    Simon's Hook: A Story About Teases and Put-Downs Burnett, Karen bully story where the bully is often left out because of being so rough, group deals with the bully
    Being Bullied Petty, Kate bully's story and realization that she has been bullying
    The Recess Queen O'Neill, Alexis & Laura Huliska-Beith bullying, empathy
    Trouble Talk Ludwig, Trudy bullying, explains how teases hook us into reacting
    The Way I Act Metzger, Steve bullying, reporting it
    Snail Started It Reider, Katja and Angela Von Roehl Bullying, standing up to a bully
    Talk and Work It Out Meiners, Cheri bullying, standing up, modeling the right way to treat others
    I Just Don't Like the Sound of No! Cook, Julia bullying, verbal bullying, realizing you can't trust someone who picks on or gossips about others
    I Just Don't Like the Sound of No! Activity Guide Cook, Julia character traits, 14 traits, one per page
    Don't Laugh at Me Seskin, Steve & Allen Shamblin conflict resolution, judgment, acceptance of diversity, mean words spread--what goes around comes around, apologizing
    Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns We Can All Get Along Binkow, Howard conflict resolution, younger children
    Stand Up for Yourself & Your Friends: Dealing with Bullies and Bossiness, and Finding a Better Way American Girl disagreeing, no, behavior
    Stand Up for Yourself & Your Friends: Dealing with Bullies and Bossiness, and Finding a Better Way American Girl disagreeing, no, behavior
    Franklin's Secret Club Bourgeois, Paulette & Brenda Clark Diversity, Friendship with those that are different
    Howard B. Wigglebottom and Manners Matters Binkow, Howard Divorce, parents not talking, parents treating kid like a friend, feeling like it is the kids' fault,
    Howard B. Wigglebottom Listens to a Friend Binkow, Howard empathy, bullying
    Hands are Not for Hitting Agassi, Martine Exclusivity, leaving others out
    Being Frank Earnhardt, Donna Exclusivity, leaving others out
    Being Frank Earnhardt, Donna fairness in play, not bossing, taking turns, being right, apologizing
    Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns to Listen Binkow, Howard Feeling left out, making a friend
    Listen and Learn Meiners, Cheryl Friends: making and keeping friends
    Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns to Listen Binkow, Howard friendship, bossiness, bullies, for older girls
    Whole Body Listening Larry at School! Sautter, Elizabeth friendship, bossiness, bullies, for older girls
    My Mouth is a Volcano! Cook, Julia friendship, exclusivity, leaving out others, clubs
    My Mouth is a Volcano! Activity Book Cook, Julia Frustration, how to manage frustration
    Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire deGroat, Diane Gas, farts, burps, embarrassment, how to handle it in class
    Lying up a Storm Cook, Julia general manners, polite words
    Manners at School Finn, Carrie helping a grieving friend, great for a class
    The Bad Mood! Petz, Moritz hitting, hurting others, for young children
    STUCK Jeffers, Oliver honesty, thought bubble, speech bubble
    What to Do If Your Brain Gets Stuck: A Kid's Guide to Overcoming OCD Huebner, Dawn honesty, thought bubble, speech bubble
    Personal Space Camp Activity Book Cook, Julia Kindness with multiple examples and ends with the impact it has on the world
    Personal Space Camp Cook, Julia listening
    Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Viorst, Judith listening with eyes, ears, mind and quiet still body
    What if Everybody Did That? Javernick, Ellen listening with eyes, ears, mind and quiet still body
    What if Everybody Did That? Javernick, Ellen listening, behavior
    Teamwork Isn't My Thing, and I Don't Like to Share! Cook, Julia listening, not interrupting, behavior
    Teamwork Isn't My Thing, and I Don't Like to Share! Activity Guide Cook, Julia listening, not interrupting, behavior
    I Can't Believe You Said That! Cook, Julia lying
    I Can't Believe You Said That! Cook, Julia lying
    I Can't Believe You Said That! Activity Guide Cook, Julia Lying, habit of lying, snowball effect of lying
    Lacey Walker, Nonstop Talker Jones, Christianne Manners at school
    Lacey Walker, Nonstop Talker Jones, Christianne manners, behavior
    Don't Squeal Unless It's a Big Deal: A Tale of Tattletales Ransom, Jeanie Manners, behavior, cafeteria
    Don't Squeal Unless It's a Big Deal: A Tale of Tattletales Ransom, Jeanie manners, behavior, cafeteria
    A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue Cook, Julia Manners, behavior, school
    A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue Cook, Julia mood, behavior
    The Anti-Test Anxiety Society Cook, Julia obsessive thinking, use with kids who get metaphor, obsessor doesn't notice all that he involves in his obsession
    Survival Guide for Kids with ADD or ADHD Taylor, John OCD workbook, not for class use
    But It's Just a Game Cook, Julia One-upper, always having to beat someone's story
    Decibella & her 6-inch Voice Cook, Julia Perfection
    Decibella & her 6-inch Voice Cook, Julia personal space activities to teacher this in various situations, worksheets
    Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns about Sportsmanship Binkow, Howard personal space, space bubble, sitting on the carpet, comfort zone
    Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns about Sportsmanship Binkow, Howard problem solving, size of problems
    Decibella & her 6-inch Voice Cook, Julia procedures, rules, social rules, why we have these rules
    Franklin's Secret Club Bourgeois, Paulette & Brenda Clark procedures, rules, social rules, why we have these rules
    The English Roses Madonna Responsibility, not taking R, Blaming others
    The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes Pett, Mark and Gary Rubinstein Self-esteem, liking who you are instead of trying to be someone else
    Yo! Yes! Raschka, Chris sharing, teamwork, sportsmanship
    How to Be a Friend: A Gudie to Making Friends and Keeping Them Brown, Laurie Krasny and Marc Brown sharing, teamwork, sportsmanship
    The Sandwich Swap Alabdullah, Her Majesty Queen Rania social filter, thought bubble, speech bubble
    What Does It Mean to Be Kind DiOrio, Rana social filter, thought bubble, speech bubble
    Lying up a Storm Cook, Julia social filter, thought bubble, speech bubble
    Manners in the Lunchroom Tourville, Amanda Doering Stealing
    Manners at School Finn, Carrie talking too much, listening
    Baditude! What to Do When Your Life Stinks Cook, Julia talking too much, listening, dominant talker
    Manners in the Lunchroom Tourville, Amanda Doering tattling, problem solving
    Gas Happens: What to Do When It Happens to You Cook, Julia tattling, problem solving
    Well, I Can Top That! Cook, Julia tattling, telling, reporting, problem solving
    Stick and Stone Ferry, Beth and Tom Lichtenheld tattling, telling, reporting, problem solving
    The "D" Word (Divorce) Cook, Julia Teasing, Bullying, lots of words
    Tease Monster (A Book About Teasing vs. Bullying) Cook, Julia test anxiety, steps for managing test anxiety
    But It's Not My Fault Cook, Julia understanding ADHD, getting help, healthy choices, school success, friendship success, & dealing with feelings - chapter book for older kids, not for class use
    Ricky Sticky Fingers Cook, Julia Upstanding, Standing up for a friend, bullying
    But It's Just a Game Cook, Julia video games
    Bully B.E.A.N.S. Cook, Julia Video Gaming, obsessive video gaming,
    Zach Apologizes Mulcahy, William voice volume
    Zach Gets Frustrated Mulcahy, William voice volume, 5 levels of volume for speaking
    Sorry! Ludwig, Trudy voice volume, 5 levels of volume for speaking
    Mind Your Manners in School Candell, Arianna winning, losing, sportsmanship, games, sharing
    I Don't Want to Be A Frog Petty, Dev and Mike Boldt winning, losing, sportsmanship, games, sharing