QSEL is composed of hundreds of activities designed to build a strong SEL vocabulary in every student.
From critical thinking to problem solving and acting out real-life scenarios, each activity uses the power of music to engage a different aspect of the students’ SEL skillset.
Lessons are comprised of a series of interactive screens, launched in the front of the class. Each screen includes notes for the teacher to lead students to recognize, understand, and practice the social or emotional topic at hand. Lessons follow a logical flow through, using music as a vehicle to engage students every step of the way.
QSEL Lessons are organized in the following stages:
Explore each stage of a QSEL lesson by clicking through the 2nd Grade lesson below:
Each stage can be experienced as a 30 to 45-minute lesson or split up into five days of shorter activities.
Introduction: Students are introduced to the plan for the lesson and the social or emotional theme that will be the focus. These activities can be tackled in small chunks each day or as one 30-45 minute lesson.
Exploration: Each lesson gives students an opportunity to talk about their feelings. In this activity, the student holding the Feelings Hot Potato at the break in the song will share how they are feeling at the present time.
Musical Reinforcement: A song, jingle, chant, or musical story is introduced to reinforce the theme of the day. Here, "Mad Today" introduces the theme of controlling your impulses.
Critical Thinking: Teacher guides students through deeper exploration of the subject by leading discussion.
Role Play: Students practice the new skill or mindset through role playing with their classmates. Here, they practice the steps of Stop, Think, and Relax as a class and in small groups.
Reflection: A short guided reflection provides a moment to look back at what was learned and think inwardly about the impact on other areas of the student’s life and learning.