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21-Day Challenge Winter Wellness

Activity

grades 2–12

New Year. New Goals.

Kick-start the new year with some healthy new habits. Use this 21-day challenge activity to set a goal, and encourage friends and family to do the same!

Activity

grades 3–5

Reflect on the Year

Explain or show what this year has been like for you using words, art, music, Minecraft—whatever works. How have world events affected you?

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Activity

grades 3–5

Looking Forward

What are you looking forward to? What goals do you have? Find a way to show or explain the things you want to make happen.

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Video

grades 1–12

Yoga for the Heart

Take some time to focus on how your feeling and do something for yourself with the help of this beginner-friendly yoga video.

Activity

Preschool–grade 12

Bask in the Glow

It can be hard to get enough sunlight in winter, which can make people feel depressed. Make sure to get outside on sunny days and soak up some of those rays!

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Activity

Preschool–grade 12

Pass the Appreciation

Gather the family in a circle. Grab a ball or a pillow, toss it to someone, and say something you appreciate about them. Keep it going!

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Video

grades K–8

Visit an Animal Shelter

Visit this animal shelter in Sacramento, California, and find out how pets are taken care of before they get adopted and find a new home.

Activity

grades K–5

Create a Kindness Challenge

Think of a way your household can show kindness to each other this week. How can you help each other or make the day better?

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Lesson

grades 4–12

Letters of Gratitude to Essential Workers

Write a meaningful letter of thanks to essential workers that returns their acts of service and kindness.

Activity

grades 3–12

Thankful Pictures

During the week, take pictures of things you're thankful for. Then combine them into a slideshow, collage, or other collection to revisit and add to.

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kindness rocks

Activity

grades 1–5

Kindness Rocks!

Write inspiring notes on rocks and leave them for your friends, family, or community to find.

Activity

Preschool–grade 12

Gratitude Jar

Decorate a gratitude jar. When you feel grateful, write or draw the reason on a paper and put it in the jar. Read the results each week.

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21-Day Challenge Winter Wellness

Activity

grades 2–12

New Year. New Goals.

Kick-start the new year with some healthy new habits. Use this 21-day challenge activity to set a goal, and encourage friends and family to do the same!

Activity

grades 3–5

Reflect on the Year

Explain or show what this year has been like for you using words, art, music, Minecraft—whatever works. How have world events affected you?

Wide Open School's logo

Activity

grades 3–5

Looking Forward

What are you looking forward to? What goals do you have? Find a way to show or explain the things you want to make happen.

Wide Open School's logo

Activity

Preschool–grade 12

Bask in the Glow

It can be hard to get enough sunlight in winter, which can make people feel depressed. Make sure to get outside on sunny days and soak up some of those rays!

Wide Open School's logo

Activity

Preschool–grade 12

Pass the Appreciation

Gather the family in a circle. Grab a ball or a pillow, toss it to someone, and say something you appreciate about them. Keep it going!

Wide Open School's logo

Activity

grades K–5

Create a Kindness Challenge

Think of a way your household can show kindness to each other this week. How can you help each other or make the day better?

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Activity

grades 3–12

Thankful Pictures

During the week, take pictures of things you're thankful for. Then combine them into a slideshow, collage, or other collection to revisit and add to.

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kindness rocks

Activity

grades 1–5

Kindness Rocks!

Write inspiring notes on rocks and leave them for your friends, family, or community to find.

Activity

Preschool–grade 12

Gratitude Jar

Decorate a gratitude jar. When you feel grateful, write or draw the reason on a paper and put it in the jar. Read the results each week.

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Activity

Preschool–grade 3

Build a Tree of Thanks

Make a simple tree of thanks together, and bolster your family’s gratitude practice—maybe even start a new family tradition!

Activity

Preschool–grade 12

Self-Appreciation

Write about or draw pictures of things you appreciate about yourself. What are some reasons you're grateful you're you?

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Activity

grades 2–12

Thinking About Traditions

Write down your family traditions, whether they're for holidays, birthdays, or other special reasons. Are there new traditions you'd like to create?

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Article/Ebook

grades 5–6

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?

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Teacher and students in front of a high school

Article/Ebook

grades 3–5

The Power of a Letter

Read about a teacher who wrote encouraging letters to students. Then take the quiz, review the power words, and write about why the letters meant so much.

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Article/Ebook

Preschool–grade 12

We All Teach SEL: Inspiring Activities for Every Classroom

Eleven-part article series offers quick, practical tips and tools for integrating SEL into any classroom.

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Mother and daughter hugging

Article/Ebook

grades 3–12

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.

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Article/Ebook

grades 3–8

Random Acts of Kindness Bring Joy During Coronavirus Outbreak

Read the article and discuss what random acts of kindness you can offer to your community.

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Article/Ebook

Preschool–grade 12

Emotional Intelligence Apps and Games

Top-notch apps and games will help students with everything from anger management to emotional identification to meditation.

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GEORGE in colorful letters

Audio

grades 5–12

George

Listen to this tender tale about a transgender girl in the fourth grade. Free on Hoopla with a library card.

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Audio

grades 5–9

The Land of Forgotten Girls

Listen to this heartbreaking story about the struggles of two sisters from the Philippines who move to Louisiana. Free on Hoopla with a library card.

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people and a dog hiking

Audio

grades 3–6

Hello, Universe

Listen to this charming tale involving four kids, Filipino folk tales, and bravery. Free on Hoopla with a library card.

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Audio

grades 4–8

The Thing About Luck

Listen to the sweet tale of a migrant worker girl who must face big responsibilities. Free on Hoopla with a library card.

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two people in a row boat

Audio

grades 3–6

Listen, Slowly

Put on this audiobook about a girl's trip to Vietnam, where she learns about her family's past. Free on Hoopla with a library card.

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inspiring stories about pathbreaking women

Audio

grades 3–5

Inspiring Stories About Pathbreaking Women

Listen to these absorbing, 20-minute tales of remarkable women who have shaped our world.

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Audio

Preschool–grade 3

The Imagine Neighborhood

From the Committee for Children, this show encourages kids to use their imaginations to talk about the big feelings we all have.

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quandary game

Interactive

grades 5–8

Quandary

Play this sci-fi game that will stretch your skills in critical thinking, taking another perspective, and decision-making.

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Interactive

grades 5–8

Hall of Heroes

Wonderful and fun social-interaction game teaches cooperation and friendship skills needed for middle school and beyond.

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teacher and students

Interactive

grades K–5

Zoo U

This powerful and focused game has engaging animations, positive reinforcement, and rich assessments to boost kids' social problem-solving skills.

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child writing a letter

Lesson

grades 4–12

Letters of Gratitude to Essential Workers

Write a meaningful letter of thanks to essential workers that returns their acts of service and kindness.

Video

grades 1–12

Yoga for the Heart

Take some time to focus on how your feeling and do something for yourself with the help of this beginner-friendly yoga video.

Video

grades K–8

Visit an Animal Shelter

Visit this animal shelter in Sacramento, California, and find out how pets are taken care of before they get adopted and find a new home.

Video

grades 5–9

Why Be Grateful?

Watch this video to find out why being grateful makes us happier. Then take a minute to focus on the things you're thankful for.

Video

Preschool–grade 5

Mindful Moment

What do you see, feel, hear, and smell where you are right now? Quiet your mind and focus on your senses.

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finding your yeti body

Video

grades K–3

Finding Your Yeti Body

Learn how to slide into your yeti body to get you better prepped to practice mindfulness, meditate, or just chill out.

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your amazing brain

Video

grades K–3

Your Amazing Brain

Watch this video to learn how to grow your brain's power by sticking to things and calming down when you get frustrated.

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keys to empathy

Video

grades K–5

The Keys to Empathy

Watch this video to learn how you can use empathy to better understand and support others.

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what is mindfulness

Video

grades K–3

What Is Mindfulness?

Find out what it means to be mindful. After the video, take some time to practice what you learned.

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managing worry

Video

grades K–3

Managing Worry

Learn how to wrangle worrying in this video that'll get you to wonder less about "what if" and focus more on "what is."

Video

grades 1–12

Yoga for the Mind

Clear your mind and re-charge your body with some meditative yoga great for beginners or even seasoned vets.

Video

Preschool–grade 12

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!

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Video

grades 1–5

Little Lunch

Take a trip Down Under to visit some kids during their morning recess in this mockumentary-style comedy for kids.

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Website/App

grades 3–8

Meditation for Kids

Guided meditations and mindfulness games designed to help kids calm themselves, focus, practice kindness, fall asleep, and wake up.

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crowdsourced collection

Website/App

grades 5–12

Cool Crowdsourced Collection

Journey through these videos and photos to get a sense of the people, places, and nature around the world. Then submit your own content!

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Website/App

grades 3–8

Bite-Sized Inspiration

Browse the videos on this site to discover fascinating stories about history and culture representing perspectives from all around the world.

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Website/App

Preschool–grade 3

Cosmic Kids Yoga

Stretch, learn kid-friendly poses, and practice mindfulness for energetic or calm activity.

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Website/App

Preschool–grade 5

Peekapak

Easy-to-implement teaching units cover 10 SEL topics including empathy, perseverance, teamwork, and self-regulation.

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animated monster enjoying the scent of a flower

Website/App

grades K–4

Emotional ABCs

Online social-emotional learning curriculum with coordinated printables and discussion questions for teachers.

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Website/App

grades 5–12

Outwit Your Friends

Play this trivia bluffing game with the whole family or connect with others over video chat.

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relieving stress and relaxing

Worksheet

Preschool–grade 5

Simple Stress Busters

Try out one of these simple activities to de-stress, release tension, and relax.

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Worksheet

grades 3–8

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?

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Samples of common phrases

Worksheet

grades 1–4

Grow Your Language

How does what we say shape our mindset toward learning? Cut out these common phrases and sort them on the worksheet to start a discussion.

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Worksheet

grades 3–5

Gratitude and Happiness

Take a moment out of your day to consider the role of gratitude in our lives.

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Why I can do this notes

Worksheet

grades K–5

You Can Do This

Fill out this worksheet to think through how to get from "I can't" to "I can try."