Rock Digi – More Info about the SEL and Life Skills for Success Curriculum for Grades 5-6
As 5th-6th graders are entering early adolescence, they are experiencing a wide variety fast-paced change, including cognitive, physical, and emotional change. By teaching these students SEL skills, they are better equipped with the skills needed to not only improve their academic achievement, but also sets them up with skills for improved physical and mental health, positive overall well-being, and other positive life outcomes.
Rock Digi’s SEL and Life Skills for Success curriculum for Grades 5-6 has an online format that teaches Social Emotional Learning through music while focusing on life skills topics such as positive self-talk, to pursue what you love, accepting others, and empathy.
This curriculum was written with the CASEL SEL Core Competencies as the spotlight, which includes: self-management, self-awareness, social-awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision making. This curriculum meets American School Counselor Association (ASCA) National Standards for Students, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) standards, and Common Core Standards 21st Century Skills.
This curriculum was created to build off of the skills that were introduced in the Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and Life Skills for Success – Grades 2-4 curriculum, but can be used with 5th-6thgrade students even if they haven’t participated in the previous curriculum. Having a more in depth understanding of the topics covered in this curriculum will help students to set goals needed to be successful while encouraging others to do the same.
Each lesson starts off with the Existing Knowledge activity, which includes 3 multiple choice questions for students to answer to give educators an idea of the existing knowledge that the students have about the lesson topic. Students can answer these questions on their own devices and the system automatically checks the answers that the students submit, and provides a report on students’ answers for the educator.
Next, students watch a whiteboard animation, which introduces the topics and the concepts of the lesson. In this curriculum, whiteboard animations are 2-3 minutes long. We chose to use whiteboard animations because they increase retention as students are anticipating what is being illustrated.
Following the lesson’s whiteboard animation, each lesson has a lyric music video. Each lesson includes an original song written towards the concepts of the lesson. Each music video also includes displaying of the lyrics as they are being sung so students have the opportunity to absorb the information visually as well as auditorily.
Using music to teach Social Emotional Learning (SEL) elevates the understanding of these skills and students’ ability to create a caring community. The use of music will help students take their understanding even further by creating an emotional connection to the topics being taught. Students will then be able to create bonds with each other through their love of music and those emotional connections. This gives students from all backgrounds and cultures the opportunity to connect on a deeper level and create a caring community and an environment that helps all students succeed.
After students have learned about the topics through the whiteboard animation and lyric music video, students are then given the chance to share with each other their thoughts in the discussion questions. This really gives students the opportunity to connect with other students. For this age level, we suggest having students complete the discussion questions by splitting up into small groups, and then having those small groups share what they discussed with the large group. However, students are also able to answer the questions individually and submit their answers in a text box under the questions. Their answers will then be submitted to the educator when they click next to go to the next activity in the lesson.
Next, educators get the opportunity to really tailor the lesson to fit the needs of their students. The Drill Down activities allow for differentiated instruction so that all students get the opportunity to fully understand the concepts. For this age level, we really tried to supply a variety of activities for each lesson that allow for students to work together or individually to express themselves creatively, continue discussion, play games, and other ways to further their understanding of the topics.
The last thing students will complete in the classroom is the Exit Ticket activity. This consists of the same 3 multiple choice questions as the Existing Knowledge activity at the beginning of the lesson. This helps educators to track student learning from the beginning of the lesson to the end of the lesson.
After completing the lesson in the classroom, the parents and guardians of the students will receive an email with a link to click on to complete the School Home Partnership. The School Home Partnership activity consists of having students watch the whiteboard animation with their parent or guardian and then answering two questions together. We created this activity to be a small time commitment for families, but still sparks those important conversations at home. This also helps to create consistency between school and home.
Below are a list of topics covered in Rock Digi’s SEL and Life Skills for Success curriculum for Grades 5-6.
- Accepting Others
- Don’t Be Hatin’ (Bullying Prevention)
- Anger Management
- Pursue What You Love
- You Can Do It! (Goal-Setting)
- Safe and Supported (Positive Self-Talk)
- I’m Alright (Self-Acceptance)
- Do the Right Thing (Review of Previous 8 Lessons)
Please feel free to watch our preview videos for each of the lessons below or on our YouTube channel – Rock In Prevention – Pat McManus! You can also view our Free Trial Lesson for this curriculum at rockdigi.org
If you have any questions about how to get this Rock Digi curriculum for your school, please feel free to contact us, we would be happy to help!
Lesson Preview Videos:
Lesson 1 - Accepting Others:
Lesson 2 - Empathy:
Lesson 3 - Don't Be Hatin' (Bullying Prevention):
Lesson 4 - Anger Management:
Lesson 5 - Pursue What You Love:
Lesson 6 - You Can Do It! (Goal-Setting):
Lesson 7 - Safe and Supported:
Lesson 8 - I'm Alright (Self-Acceptance):
Lesson 9 - Come Full Circle, Do the Right Thing (Overview of Lessons 1-8):
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