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Social Emotional Learning Books for K-3: TEKS Standards

Created for the TCU Literacy Institute 2022

TEKS Mental Health and Wellness Standards

Social and Emotional Health

The student identifies and applies strategies to develop socio-emotional health, self-regulation, and healthy relationships. The student is expected to:

  • identify their own feelings and emotions;
  • describe and practice calming and self-management strategies;
  • discuss how friends can influence a person's behavior;
  • demonstrate skills for making new acquaintances;
  • demonstrate respect and communicate appropriately with individuals; and
  • identify and practice ways to solve conflicts with a friend.

Healthy Self-Concept

The student develops the capacity for self-assessment and evaluation, goal setting, and decision making in order to develop a healthy self-concept. The student is expected to:

  • describe positive social skills and personal qualities such as truth, kindness, reliability, and respectfulness; and
  • discuss the meaning of goals and identify at least one health-related goal.

Identifying and Managing Mental Health and Well-being

The student will develop and use appropriate skills to identify and manage conditions related to mental health and wellness. The student is expected to: 

  • discuss how to treat peers with different learning needs with dignity.

Social and Emotional Health

The student identifies and applies strategies to develop socio-emotional health, self-regulation, and healthy relationships. The student is expected to:

  • identify their own feelings and emotions;
  • discuss and explain how emotions can interrupt thinking and the self-management process;
  • describe and practice calming and self-management strategies;
  • describe ways in which peers and families can work together to build healthy relationships;
  • describe ways to build and maintain friendships;
  • identify ways to respectfully communicate verbally and nonverbally;
  • identify feelings and emotions expressed by others; and
  • identify and practice ways to solve conflicts with friends and peers.

Healthy Self-Concept

The student develops the capacity for self-assessment and evaluation, goal setting, and decision making in order to develop a healthy self-concept. The student is expected to:

  • discuss ways to be kind to self and how to identify areas for growth; and
  • explain the importance of goal setting and task completion.

Identifying and Managing Mental Health and Well-being

The student will develop and use appropriate skills to identify and manage conditions related to mental health and wellness. The student is expected to: 

  • discuss and demonstrate how to treat peers with different learning needs with dignity and respect;
  • identify situations that can create positive stress and positive emotions; and
  • discuss the signs and symptoms associated with negative stress such as loss or grief.

Social and Emotional Health

The student identifies and applies strategies to develop socio-emotional health, self-regulation, and healthy relationships. The student is expected to:

  • communicate needs, wants, and emotions in healthy ways;
  • describe and practice calming and self-management strategies;
  • discuss and explain how thoughts and emotions are related;
  • explain the effect of peer influence on an individual's social and emotional health;
  • describe the qualities of a good friend;
  • describe and demonstrate respectful ways to communicate with family members, peers, teachers, and others;
  • identify the feelings and perspectives of others by interpreting their verbal and nonverbal cues; and
  • identify ways to prevent and repair broken friendships.

Healthy Self-Concept

The student develops the capacity for self-assessment and evaluation, goal setting, and decision making in order to develop a healthy self-concept. The student is expected to:

  • discuss ways to be kind to self and others;
  • define personal growth and identify areas for one's personal growth; and
  • list the steps and describe the importance of goal setting and task completion.

Identifying and Managing Mental Health and Well-being

The student will develop and use appropriate skills to identify and manage conditions related to mental health and wellness. The student is expected to: 

  • identify strategies for managing different learning needs of self and others; and
  • identify positive and negative stressors and how they impact emotions and learning.

Social and Emotional Health

The student identifies and applies strategies to develop socio-emotional health, self-regulation, and healthy relationships. The student is expected to:

  • communicate needs, wants, and emotions in healthy ways;
  • describe strategies for assessing thoughts and applying calming and self-management practices;
  • discuss and explain how the brain develops through maturation; distinguish between healthy and harmful influences of friends and others; 
  • describe the characteristics of healthy and unhealthy friendships;
  • describe the value of respectful communication; 
  • discuss how others may experience situations differently than oneself; and 
  • demonstrate strategies for resolving conflicts. 

Healthy Self-Concept

The student develops the capacity for self-assessment and evaluation, goal setting, and decision making in order to develop a healthy self-concept. The student is expected to:

  • define self-esteem and ways it is formed , including identifying areas for one's personal growth ; and
  • describe the importance of seeking guidance from a parent or another trusted adult in setting goals. 

Identifying and Managing Mental Health and Well-being

The student will develop and use appropriate skills to identify and manage conditions related to mental health and wellness. The student is expected to: 

  • describe methods for managing challenges related to long-term health conditions;
  • describe strategies to support others in managing different learning needs;
  • describe positive outcomes of stress, including creativity, focus, energy, drive, and purpose; 
  • describe and practice healthy behaviors that reduce stress; and describe the importance of acceptance of oneself and others.