These games, activities, videos, and books will help kids build resilience, tackle difficult feelings, and learn how to contribute to others' well-being.
Dealing With Hate Speech Online
What's hate speech? Have you ever encountered it online? Learn about this phenomenon and how to deal with it effectively.
The Pressure to Stay Connected
Hear what other teens have to say about how digital media has them feeling "hooked." Do you feel the same way? How might you manage your use?
Friendships and Social Media
Consider how social media affects your friendships. In what ways does social media help, hinder, or just complicate our connections and communications with friends?
Learn how bullet journaling might be able to help you feel more in control of your life and health.
Meditation for Learning
Weave this meditation into your day or week to give your brain and body time to rest, reflect, and re-center.
Set Social Media Boundaries
Take inventory of what's not working for you when it comes to social media, and make changes that support your well-being.
Essential Words: Letters of Gratitude to Essential Workers
Write a meaningful letter of thanks to essential workers that returns their acts of service and kindness.
Grand Canyon Trek
Chill out on this awe-inspiring (and long!) Grand Canyon hike featuring great footage and vibes. If you're up for it, walk along with the video!
Talking About Race
Use the resources in this toolkit to reflect on race, power, and privilege and to have constructive, equity-oriented conversations within your family, community, and classroom.
How to Boost Your Self-Confidence
Learn and practice these three confidence-boosting tips that'll help you tackle challenges and face the world with resolve.
Your Hero Writes You a Response Letter
Imagine your hero responded to a letter you wrote them. What might they say?
Peer Health Exchange
Teen health educators share their perspectives on various mental health questions and offer strategies to help their peers stay healthy.
Yoga with Adriene
Put mindfulness in action as you tune in to your body and do some breathing and stretching.
Daily SEL, STEM, and PE Lessons (Grades 9-12)
Work through 20-minute, teacher-led lessons featuring videos, activities, and extensions. The intriguing topics range from heart health to social entrepreneurship.
Write and Reflect
Click on the topic categories to find journal-writing prompts that encourage reflection. Make it a daily habit!
Write a Letter to a Loved One in the Past
Think of an adult who's special to you. Write a letter to a teenage version of them.
Keeping the Peace During a Pandemic
Cooped up with family or friends? Consider ways to carve out some privacy for yourself and respect those you live with.
Perspectives on Race
Recognize how our understanding of race affects people in different ways, and hear personal perspectives from a handful of Flocabulary's rappers.
Stay Connected While Social Distancing
Find out how Zimani is staying in touch with loved ones while out of physical contact. Identify a couple things you can do to stay connected.
In It Together
Read about efforts in four countries to keep people healthy during the pandemic. What can you do to help lift people's spirits?
Taking Care of Yourself in a Crisis
Listen to Wasan's experiences coping with this crisis. Reflect on how you're feeling and think of something you might do to take care of yourself.
Go Viral with Gratitude
Use your favorite video-creation tool to make a video thanking someone who's made a difference in your life: a teacher, a parent, or another mentor.
What Can I Say Instead?
Complete this worksheet to rethink and reframe the things you say when struggling. Do you think changing the way you speak shapes your thinking?
John Lewis and Nonviolent Action
Watch this introduction to Lewis's life, activism, and influence on generations of others. Afterward, choose an event mentioned in the video and research it further.
Connecting With Students
Distance learning isn't just about lessons: Teachers need to find new ways to connect with students and families. See what some teachers are doing to maintain contact.
Mental Health Check
Take some time for your mental health. Watch this video, then choose one of Jolie's tips to try out.
Appreciating the Small Things
Thinking about your mother or another caregiver, identify some of the everyday ways that person shows you love. Show your appreciation with a note or hug.
How to Show Teachers Appreciation
Use your writing skills to express thanks to your teacher. Think of specifics if you can, and write from the heart!
Coping with Stress During Uncertainty
Manage stress and stay healthy during the pandemic with this informative video on dealing with anxiety. Then, use the tips to develop a self-care plan.
Our Choices and the Common Good
Reflect on what it means to behave in ways that promote the common good with this lesson on our actions amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The Science of Envy
Explore the science behind envy, a sometimes shameful emotion we all feel. Then, consider both the negative, and positive, consequences of envy in our world.
Responding to Coronavirus Racism
Explore tips on speaking out against racism and hate speech, whether it's related to the coronavirus or anything else.
Effective Communication Skills
There's never been a better time to brush up on our communication skills. Use this clever rap video to kick-start a conversation.
Far from Home
Immerse yourself in this slideshow from 2015 about the Syrian refugee crisis. Afterward, read the lesson's "Delving Deeper" questions and discuss with a family member.
Storytelling and Interviewing Skills
Explore this extensive archive of fascinating and powerful interviews. Listen to what makes an interesting story then interview someone you know.
Keep Calm and Carry On
Learn and practice the three techniques in this video to calm yourself and de-stress.
Who's Your Miss Devine?
Watch this video and write down interesting details about Miss Devine. Write a description of an important person in your life in a similar style.
Call an Elder
Make someone's day by calling a grandparent, a neighbor, or a friend of the family to check in on them. Maybe tell them a joke!
Curses Into Blessings
Listen to a student's reflection on lockdown. Even though things are tough, what's something you can do to make the best of it?
My Media Choices Inventory
Use the worksheet to chart out your media diet. Ask a family member or friend to do it too. Think about and discuss the results.
Watch this video about artists who explored identity through portraiture. Create a portrait of yourself that shows who you are (or how people see you).
Breathe Deeply and Destress
How to manage anxiety, stay active, and focus on your family's well-being.
Take Some Time
Spend a quick seven minutes getting recentered and focused with this meditation video.
Essential Digital Citizenship Lessons for the Coronavirus Epidemic
Support the transition to virtual learning and help students think critically and compassionately about what they see online.
Mindfulness lesson plans for the classroom including an introduction to mindfulness, the science behind how it works, scripts for exercises, and follow-up questions.
Walk and Talk
Take a brisk stroll with a family member or friend.
Read this article to learn some coping strategies for our anxiety-inducing times. Afterward, work through the supporting questions.
Self-Care Action Plan
Use this video to learn about self-care, why it's important, and how to incorporate it into your life. As a follow-up, do some research into self-care strategies and develop a plan.
Classroom Meditation – For All Ages!
Spend a quick seven minutes getting centered and focused with this meditation video.
Parenting Cue Cards
Tips and scripts to guide you through challenging parenting situations like enforcing bedtime or getting children to clean up after themselves.
How to Help Teens Shelter in Place
Advice on how to talk to your teen about social distancing and help them cope with feelings of isolation in a stressful time.
An app with guided meditations, movement activities, and emotion-tracking tools for parents and children to engage with together.
Tips for Teachers with Anxiety
How can teachers with anxiety help calm students during the coronavirus pandemic? See the strategies an Understood teacher fellow uses to manage her emotions.
Choose three videos, watch them, and write down the main idea from each one to share with someone else.
Reach Out and Connect
Wave to your neighbors. Write a letter. Make a call. Schedule some special time with a friend or family member.
Get Help if Someone in Your Home is Making you Unsafe
Around the clock, confidential support for anyone experiencing domestic violence or seeking resources and information. Help is available in Spanish and other languages.
Get Immediate Crisis Support
Crisis Text Line is free, 24/7 support for those in crisis via text and webchat. Text SCHOOL to 741741 from anywhere in the US to speak with a trained Crisis Counselor.