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What’s It Like? 

Peekapak offers complete teaching units for 10 topics in social and emotional learning. Kids explore these issues as they accompany Leo the hedgehog on his first day of school. They follow Leo and a mixture of human and animal characters throughout the school year in Peekaville. Each topic unit — such as empathy, honesty, teamwork, or self-regulation — consists of an introductory storybook, eight activities to do in the classroom, and eight activities to send home for kids to do with their parents.

Price: Free, Paid

Grades: K-5

Rating: 5/5

Pros: Detailed lesson plans use a variety of approaches to get kids engaged in the material.

Cons: There are no built-in assessment or reporting tools to help teachers track student progress.

Bottom line: These 10 SEL units provide teachers with almost everything they’ll need to spark positive character development in their students.

About the Author:

Meris Stansbury

Meris Stansbury is the Editorial Director for both eSchool News and eCampus News, and was formerly the Managing Editor of eCampus News. Before working at eSchool Media, Meris worked as an assistant editor for The World and I, an online curriculum publication. She graduated from Kenyon College in 2006 with a BA in English, and enjoys spending way too much time either reading or cooking.