Social Emotional Learning Program for Elementary School

Why Is Different Awesome? Social Emotional Learning Program is a supplemental Social Emotional Learning (SEL) program for grades 4-5. This program is designed to be an integral part of your school’s existing comprehensive SEL program and can be adopted at an individual school or throughout an entire district. 

Why Is Different Awesome? SEL Program Focuses on Self Awareness and Social Awareness

Why Is Different Awesome? SEL Program focuses on two of the core components of social emotional learning: self-awareness and social awareness. It teaches kids to identify their strengths, their unique qualities, and their gifts. It teaches kids to be proud of their unique characteristics and to embrace them with confidence.

In addition to teaching kids to embrace their own unique qualities, the program teaches kids to accept and celebrate differences in others and to be open to learning about other cultures. It encourages pro-social behavior and helps address challenges related to bullying, understanding differences, and poor self-esteem, all of which contribute to low academic achievement and difficulty handling social situations.

Why Is Different Awesome? SEL Program is designed to complement your Language Arts Curriculum

Why Is Different Awesome? SEL Program includes 10 lessons that fit seamlessly into your school’s Language Arts writing curriculum. The objective of Why Is Different Awesome? SEL Program is that through discussion, journaling, and sharing every child can learn to embrace his or her special qualities and respect those of others.  

Through carefully crafted writing prompts, students can reflect on topics such as belief in self, embracing differences, feeling empathy, preventing bullying, developing friendships, sharing kindness, and feeling gratitude. The writing prompts also provide opportunities for students to work on personal expression as students are encouraged to find their voices and write about what is on their minds. 

The journaling provides opportunities to practice important writing skills such as sentence structure, grammar, spelling, capitalization, punctuation, and penmanship. The discussion portion of each lesson encourages student participation and provides important experience speaking in front of a group.

The Goal of Why Is Different Awesome? SEL Program

The overall goal of  Why Is Different Awesome? SEL Program is to provide a foundation for building inclusive communities within the school community, in their homes, and in the neighborhoods in which the students reside. A direct result of the classroom discussions and journaling is that some students will initiate valuable private conversations with teachers and parents about challenges, worries, goals, as well as wins and positive experiences. The social emotional development activities seek to achieve the following learning objectives:

  • Emphasize self-awareness, social awareness, self-acceptance, respect, and inclusivity.
  • Reinforce writing skills via integration into the existing Language Arts and writing program.
  • Encourage self-reflection and provide a way for students to process their thoughts and opinions.
  • Incorporate the student’s thoughts and opinions and allow students to guide the conversation.
  • Promote the importance of discussing social and emotional topics and offer a forum for students to practice those skills.
  • Develop the student’s knowledge gradually using real-life experiences through 10 weekly lessons of 30-45 minutes each.

About the Social Emotional Learning activities

Why Is Different Awesome? SEL Program consists of 10 lessons that correspond to content from the Why is Different Awesome?  book. Each lesson is based on a 45-minute class period, although you can adjust the time spent on each section to match your specific class schedule.

Here is an overview of what you will find in each lesson plan. 

In this first portion of the activity, the goal is to introduce students to the concepts of the lesson and ask probing questions that engage students and elicit answers. This portion of the activity will vary depending whether the lesson is taught in a classroom environment, through remote learning, or if the student utilizes the self-paced interactive slides. Regardless of the method of instruction, there are probing questions that are used to encourage reflection and deep learning about the topic and the student’s personal thoughts and experiences.

Program Lessons:

  • Lesson 1: Introduction/Letter to Me
  • Lesson 2: Gratitude
  • Lesson 3: Empathy/I Was Mean
  • Lesson 4: Different is Good
  • Lesson 5: Friendship
  • Lesson 6: Say No to Racism
  • Lesson 7: Disability Awareness
  • Lesson 8: Bullying
  • Lesson 9: Be an Upstander
  • Lesson 10: Our Community Can Be Stronger

Journaling is an important part of the learning process.  The process of writing down their thoughts helps students retain the concepts, gain a deeper understanding of the material, and reflect upon their own views and feelings.  Each student will receive their own copy of the guided journal Why is Different Awesome? which they will use for the journaling portion of the lesson.


This is an opportunity for students to share what they wrote in their journals with the class and the teacher. In a remote learning environment, the student can share with a parent, teacher, or friend.  The topics covered in this program are thought-provoking and students will likely want to continue the conversation.

What you get with the Why Is Different Awesome? SEL Program

  • Teacher guide and training
  • Physical copy of Why Is Different Awesome? (a copy for each student)
  • Downloadable supplemental materials
  • Customer support


Pricing is based on class size. 


Would you like to set up a meeting to discuss?  Please contact Stacey Montgomery at 630-803-1126 or


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