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INFOhio Resources Support Social Emotional Learning: Grades 3-5

Author // Emily Rozmus Tuesday, 01 October 2019

Develop SEL in Grades 3-5 with INFOhio's Digital Content

In June 2019, the Ohio Board of Education adopted the Social Emotional Learning Standards which were developed by Ohio teachers, school counselors, and educational personnel. The standards cover grades K-12 with Ohio's Early Learning and Development Standards already providing social and emotional learning guidelines for children ages birth to five. (See the INFOhio Early Learning Portal for resources to support these standards). The standards cover five competency areas important in developing social and emotional skills. These competencies are:

  • Self-Awareness
  • Self-Management
  • Social Awareness
  • Relationship Skills 
  • Responsible Decision-Making 

The Ohio Department of Education encourages the integration of these standards into regular classroom activities. They will not be assessed, and schools are able to choose the best approaches for teaching and monitoring for mastery. Implementing these standards in schools supports the development of skills such as identifying and managing emotions, setting goals, understanding and practicing empathy, and establishing positive relationships. These standards are a critical part of the Ohio Department of Education's Each Child, Our Future strategic plan which outlines four domains necessary for preparing Ohio's students for their postsecondary lives.

INFOhio partnered with Ohio Department of Education through the advisory and development process of the Social Emotional Learning Standards. We believe that our resources and digital content can support the growth of Ohio students not only academically, but also mentally and emotionally. Using a variety of content, approaches, and media to teach social-emotional competencies will strengthen schools as they work to create the whole child. This blog series will highlight the resources available from INFOhio which can be used to support the Ohio Social and Emotional Learning Standards for Ohio schools. 

Grades 3-5

As students advance in school and age, social-emotional learning can help them recognize, recover from, respond appropriately to adverse childhood experiences and situations that arise from these events and people. Adverse childhood experiences can lead to trauma which in turn affects the child's academic and emotional growth. Building relationships and connecting with others is an important step in building resilient children who can cope with pain from the past and in the present (O’Reilly, 2017).

INFOhio's digital resources are best for early learners with implicit instruction from teachers and other adults. The resources shared in this post should be previewed and tested before sharing them with children. When used jointly, the media from INFOhio will enhance learning and support social emotional well-being.


Over 140 pairs of fiction and nonfiction titles offer educators a variety of themes and subjects to explore, expanding the school and classroom library and providing alternative methods of content delivery. Books are one of the best ways to help students connect with others as they recognize their own lives in the stories they read. "Reading picturebooks prepares children for dealing with empathy and mind-reading in real life," according to Maria Nikolejeva in her article Picturebooks and Emotional Literacy in the December 2013 edition of The Reading Teacher. There are many titles in BookFlix that will help educators meet the social emotional learning standards for students in the 3rd grade. Below are just a few of the titles and the standards they support.

Competency A - Self-Awareness - A1: Demonstrate an awareness of personal emotions: Stick and Stone & Empathy: I Know How You Feel


Competency B - Self-Management - B3: Persevere through challenges and setbacks in school and life: The Tiny Seed & I Have Grit 

Competency C - Social Awareness - C1: Recognize, identify and empathize with the feelings and perspective of others: A Sick Day for Amos McGee and Empathy: I Know How You Feel

Competency C - Social Awareness - C2: Demonstrate consideration for and contribute to the well-being of the school, community and world: Do Unto Otters & Back to School Safety

Competency C - Social Awareness - C3: Demonstrate an awareness and respect for human dignity, including the similarities and differences of all people, groups and cultures: Same, Same But Different, Leo the Late Bloomer & We are Alike, We are Different, Each Kindness, In the Month of Kislev, Seven Candles for Kwanzaa


Competency D - Relationship Skills - D2: Develop and maintain positive relationships: Crazy Hair Day & Let's Be Friends

Competency E - Responsible Decision-Making - E3: Consider the ethical and civic impact of decisions: Bink & Gollie & Conflict Resolution: When Friends Fight

You can browse BookFlix using the theme categories, or you can search using title, subject, and author search. A search for friendship results in 13 pairs of eBooks that can be used to support the standards. Each title has a lesson plan. Learn more about using BookFlix in the classroom in INFOhio Campus, our go-to spot for professional development. 

Scholastic Literacy Pro

Scholastic Literacy Pro provides Ohio 3rd through 6th grade teachers with access to over 2800 Scholastic eBooks. Scholasitc Literacy Pro's progress monitoring features allow teachers to keep track of how often students engage with a text, the number of pages read, and the number of words defines among other active reading skills. Teachers can also assign specific titles to students that may address specific needs in a child's social-emotional development. All the titles are multiple use, so you can assign one title to multiple students and they will all be able to read it at the same time. Here are some Scholastic Literacy Pro titles that support the standards:

Competency A - Self-Awareness - A2: Demonstrate Awareness of personal interests and qualities, including strengths and challenges - The 14 Fibbs of Gregory K

Competency A - Self-Awareness - A4: Demonstrate a sense of personal responsibility, confidence and advocacy - All of the Above

Competency B - Self-Management - B3: Persevere through challenges and setbacks in school and life - Albert Einstein: Creative Genius

Competency C- Social Awareness - C2: Demonstrate consideration for and contribute to the well-being of the school, community and world - Miss Fox's Class Goes Green

Competency C- Social Awareness - C3: Demonstrate and awareness and respect for human dignity, including the similarities, differences of all people, groups and cultures - Hidden Like Anne Frank

Competency E - Responsible Decision-Making - E1: Develop, implement and model effective decision and critical thinking skills - The Wright 3

You can also filter your search in Scholastic Literacy Pro by subjects including Characters and Values, Feelings and Emotions, and Families and Relationships. 

Educator Tools

Educator Tools is a curated collection of quality resources available at no cost online and aligned to Ohio's Learning Standards. While the Ohio Social Emotional Learning standards have not been added to Educator Tools yet, educators can find lesson plans, activities, videos, and other web content to support social emotional learning using keywords from the standards and the limiters. Here are a few examples:

Competency A - Self-Awareness - A1: Demonstrate an awareness of personal emotions

Feelings Cube - Print this activity out and practice motor skills and listening before you ask early learners to think about and identify their emotions. 


Competency D - Relationship Skills - D:2 Develop and Maintain positive relationships- 

Center for Disease Control - Bam! Grind your Mind - A toolkit from the CDC that presents resources on various topics, including peer pressure

Competency D - Relationship Skills - D3: Demonstrate the ability to prevent, manage and resolve interpersonal conflicts in constructive ways

Teaching Channel: Whole Body Listening - This video shows a PreK class practicing Whole Body Listening, a method which is helpful for students to show respect to their teacher and peers when communicating.

Competency E - Responsible Decision-Making - E1: Develop, implement and model effective decision and critical thinking skills 

Media Smarts - Critically Evaluating TV Lesson - This lesson gives students the strategies they need to be make decisions about the content on television.


There are many more resources available on Educator Tools to support the Social Emotional Learning Standards. You can search by typing keywords from the standards such as "emotions," "empathy," "setting goals," "following rules," "feedback," and "inclusiveness." Be sure to limit your search to grades 3, 4, and 5 using the Grade Level limited on the left. Be sure to click on the "i" button to learn more about the resource and click on the heart at the top left of Educator Tools to save a resource to a list and email it to yourself to use later. 

You can also use the Social Emotional Learning limiter under the Subject limiter to search as well. Learn more about how to use Educator Tools on INFOhio Campus



INFOhio's discovery layer tool makes it possible to search almost all of our digital content from one search box. If schools are automated with INFOhio's Library Services Platform, the contents of the school library will be searched as well. Type in keywords from the standards to find resources that will support the Social Emotional Learning Standards from EBSCO's databases as well as from World Book, the Digital Video Collection, and BookFlix. 

In the Basic Sources tab, search for your keywords and limit your results on the left. Here is an example of a search that could yield beneficial results for students in third grade. 


This article from Time for Kids is a good example of text that can accompany instruction for Competency A1: Demonstrate an awareness of personal emotions and A3: Demonstrate awareness of and willingness to seek help for self or others.

Many articles found in ISearch can be read aloud and offer support for students with vision impairment. You can learn more about this feature in the Explora for PreK-5 class in INFOhio Campus.

Search other key words from the standards as well, and use the limiters to find the best results for primary learners. You can learn more about using ISearch in INFOhio Campus

Digital Video Collection

INFOhio's collection of streaming videos also has content to support the Social Emotional Learning Standards. Using key words to search for videos yields many results. Below are some examples:

Competency A -Self-Awareness - A4: Demonstrate a sense of personal responsibility, confidence, and advocacy; Competency B - Self-Management - Regulate Emotions and behaviors by using thinking strategies that are consistent with brain development; Competency C - Social-Awareness - C2: Demonstrate consideration for and contribute to the well-being of the school, community, and world

My School Classroom video series

My School Playground video series


Many of the DVC streaming videos have teachers guide and other instructional supports.

Teach With INFOhio Blog

The INFOhio blog has several posts that share how INFOhio's resources can support social emotional learning. Here are a few to consider as you begin to think about how you will implement the standards into your classroom.

Competency C -  Social Awareness - C3: Demonstrate an awareness and respect for human dignity, including the similarities and differences of all people, groups, and cultures. 

Diverse eBooks for Early Readers

Competency C - Social Awareness - C1: Recognize, identify, and empathize with the feelings and perspective of others

Using Connected Texts to Inspire Empathy

Competency D - Relationship Skills - D2: Develop and maintain positive relationships

Reading for Relationship Building: Texts that Transcend Trauma

Ending this post with a reference to the importance of relationships is a great way to finish. Using the resources from INFOhio will definitely boost the social and emotional well-being of the students in your class. But connecting with these kids and maintaining relationships will boost not only the five areas of competency, it will also lead to more engagement, deeper learning, and increased skills in all academic areas.

Share how #INFOhioWorks for you when using our free, digital content to support building resilient and empathetic citizens. 

About the Author

Posted by: Emily Rozmus

Emily Rozmus is a Senior Instructional Specialist at INFOhio. She has worked in education for over 25 years, first as a secondary English teacher and district librarian before starting at INFOhio in 2013. Emily has developed district growth plans, integrated technology, created instruction for information literacy, fostered teacher development, and worked on teams to implement curriculum. At INFOhio, she focuses on training educators to use INFOhio resources to improve early learning. She also works to share research and best practices for helping students be better readers of INFOhio's digital text. 

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