Social Awareness Activities and Resources for the Classroom

Social Awareness Activities and Resources for the Classroom

These social awareness activities, videos and books will help your students recognise how their emotions influence interactions and consider different perspectives to build positive and diverse relationships.

Social Awareness Activities and Resources for the Classroom

Teaching Social Awareness

Social awareness is one of five components of social and emotional learning. The other components are self-awareness, self-management, responsible decision-making andrelationship skills.

Core SEL Competencies Wheel
Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) describes social awareness as “the ability to take the perspective of and empathize with others, including those from diverse backgrounds and cultures. The ability to understand social and ethical norms for behavior and to recognize family, school, and community resources and supports.”

Social Awareness Characteristics

Adults who model thoughtful behaviour inspire children to exhibit social awareness themselves, especially being able to recognise the emotions of others and understanding the consequences of their actions. You can also help them imagine other people’s feelings during intolerant or difficult situations, supporting self-reflection and open-mindedness.

Social Awareness Characteristics include:

  • Showing respect for others
  • Maintaining relationships by using appropriate strategies to deal with conflicts
  • Taking on board and empathising with the perspectives of others from diverse backgrounds
  • Understanding the perspectives of others will influence social interactions
  • Reading social situations to recognise the emotions of others
  • Understanding how their mood and behaviour affects social interactions
  • Using appropriate and different strategies to deal with unexpected situations
  • Thriving within a community, experiencing acceptance, and support.

Promoting social awareness helps your students to manage their emotions, feel good about themselves and achieve their goals. Other benefits of social awareness include increased:

  • self-reflection of actions and goals
  • empathy through perspective-taking
  • self-management
  • responsibility of personal actions and consequences
  • self-esteem and self-confidence
  • academic and recreational achievements
  • use of strategies to avoid or negotiate negative situations or behaviour.

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Social Awareness Teaching Resources

In this section, you will find resources to support your students in mabeing socially aware. You will find a list of books with resources, short videos, online resources and reading-related questions.

Social Awareness Picture Books

This collection of books illustrates characters understanding the consequences of their actions through empathy, perspective, reflection and open-mindedness. You can click on the book cover for a synopsis of the book and related online resources. After the list, there is a list of reading questions to use during read-aloud sessions.

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Social Awareness Discussion Questions

  • When [character] had difficulties how did they overcome this? What did they learn to help themselves?
  • [Character] did not handle the problem very well. What could they have done better?
  • [Character] went through a lot of change in the book. How well did they adapt to these changes? Could they have done anything differently?
  • Do you think [character] usually takes on board the perspectives of others? Why/why not?
  • Why was it important that [character] listened to those around them before taking action?
  • Why was it important that {character] reflected on their actions?
  • How would the story have changed if [character] had/had not controlled their emotions?
  • Was [character] willing to change their mind as the events progressed?
  • How would it have helped [character] if s/he was more open-minded?
  • Why was it important that [character] was open-minded?
  • Did [character] think about how their actions affected other characters?
  • Could [character] have understood the feelings of [character] more sympathically? How?
  • How could [character & character] have dealt with their differences in a better way?
  • Could [character] have used different strategies to deal with their situation?
  • Did [character] take on board the opinions of others? Would it have made a difference?
  • How would showing empathy have helped [character]?

Social Awareness Activities Online

Social Awareness Videos

These short videos can be used as discussion starters for talking about ______. Watch the video before playing them to your students. Some of them are simple while others are more complex or abstract.

In Conclusion...

Social awareness helps children cope in new situations and increases their emotional wellbeing. It helps them recognise how their emotions and behaviour influence their interactions. How do you support your student’s social awareness? Do you have any great resources I could add to this page? Let me know in the comments.

You can find a round-up of social awareness children’s books in the post 27 of the Best Picture Books about Social Awareness.

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