SEL Activity: Caring for the Ocean

Are you looking for easy-to-implement social-emotional activities for your classroom? These SEL Activities may be small in size but deliver a significant impact.

Activity: Students discuss what it means to care for something, what they love about the ocean, and why caring for it is essential. After watching a video on caring for the ocean, students brainstorm ways (big and small) to take action and how to make these action steps habits to bring positive change.

SEL Core Competencies: Self-management, responsible decision-making, gratitude

Grades: 4-5

Time: 20 minutes

Essential Questions: What does it mean to take care of something? Why is it important to take care of the ocean? How can I develop my relationship with the ocean?

Student Action: In the coming days/week, students consider the ideas that came out of their brainstorm, then take action to try to change one behavior to care for the ocean—and then make their behavior a habit!

Program Connections: This activity focuses on giving to the environment—a theme that runs through our core programs. To learn more, visit our PROGRAMS page.

Author: This SEL Activity was written by ThinkGive Student Advisory Board member Katie O’Brien.

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