Social and Emotional Curriculum for Gifted Students : Grade 4, Project-Based Learning Lessons That Build Critical Thinking, Emotional Intelligence, and Social Skills book cover
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Social and Emotional Curriculum for Gifted Students
Grade 4, Project-Based Learning Lessons That Build Critical Thinking, Emotional Intelligence, and Social Skills

ISBN 9781646321155
Published September 24, 2021 by Routledge
168 Pages

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Book Description

The Social and Emotional Curriculum for Gifted Students series provides the gifted resource specialist, regular classroom teacher, or counselor with the tools they need to help gifted students in grades 3-5 develop interpersonal skills, reflect on their often intense emotions, and express their creativity. The grade 4 book:

  • Contains five units and more than 50 hours of instruction.
  • Shares helpful directions for implementing lessons and connecting content across the curriculum.
  • Addresses psychosocial skills.
  • Features critical thinking activities, hands-on building and design, reading, writing, creativity, and math and science connections.
  • Covers relevant topics, including resilience, growth mindset, perfectionism, empathy, self-understanding and identity, friendship, and what it means to be gifted.

Each classroom-tested lesson addresses one or more affective standards from the National Association for Gifted Children, psychosocial development areas for gifted learners, and academic standards.

Table of Contents

Introduction Unit 1: Superheroes: Perfectionism and Self-Understanding Lesson 1.1: Superhero Commercials Lesson 1.2: Superhero Abilities Lesson 1.3: Saving the Day With Superpowers Lesson 1.4: Engineering Design Challenge Lesson 1.5: The Grappling Hook Metaphor Lesson 1.6: Perfectionism Shield Lesson 1.7: Sidekicks Unit 2: Spy Training: Self-Esteem Lesson 2.1: Understanding Self-Esteem Lesson 2.2: Internalizing Positive Self-Esteem: Dead Drops Lesson 2.3: Creating a Legend and Case File Lesson 2.4: What’s in Your Pockets? Lesson 2.5: Award Certificate and Diary Unit 3: Antibullying Intervention: Empathy and Justice Lesson 3.1: Antibullying Inventions Lesson 3.2: Preparing an Antibullying Speech Lesson 3.3: Delivering the Antibullying Speech Unit 4: Penguin Problems: Ownership and Accountability 95 Lesson 4.1: Penguin Problems Lesson 4.2: Penguin Problem as a Metaphor Lesson 4.3: Penguin Solutions Lesson 4.4: Gratitude: Listen to the Walrus Unit 5: Our Colorful Selves: Personality and Giftedness Lesson 5.1: Drawing With a Compass Lesson 5.2: Overlapping Circles Lesson 5.3: What Colors Are You? Lesson 5.4: Blending Colors Lesson 5.5: Making Connections With Tangents Lesson 5.6: What Color Is Giftedness? Conclusion: Dear Gifted Learner References About the Author

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Mark Hess is a SENG board member and the editor of the SENG Library. He is President-Elect of the Colorado Association for Gifted Students and serves as the Gifted Programs Specialist in a large, urban school district in Colorado Springs. Mark also serves as an advisory committee member for NAGC’s Teaching for High Potential. As Portable Gifted and Talented, Mark has shared over 24,000 free resources for teachers and parents of gifted children. You can visit his website at


"Being a gifted and talented coordinator for a school district, I am giving this resource a high-five! The author laid the lessons out in a easy-to-follow manner. Asynchronous learners will benefit greatly from the high-interest lessons that address the five SEL competencies. Clearly, Mark Hess completed his research in the classroom working alongside gifted students in order to design such a fantastic resource for classroom teachers!  Social & Emotional Curriculum for Gifted Students is a must for all gifted libraries."

-Shyla Christiansen, Gifted and Talented Coordinator, Cañon City Schools