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Second Step Curriculum

Success in school is not just about reading and math. It is also about knowing how to learn and how to get along with others. In support of Mitchell Elementary’s PBIS framework and Mitchell ROCKS, we will be using the Second Step program in all of our classrooms to teach these critical skills.


The Second Step program teaches skills in the following four areas:

1. Skills for Learning: Students gain skills to help themselves learn, including how to focus their attention, listen carefully, and be assertive when asking for help with schoolwork.

2. Empathy: Students learn to identify and understand their own and others’ feelings. Students also learn how to take another’s perspective and how to show compassion.

3. Emotion Management: Students learn specific skills for calming down when experiencing strong feelings, such as anxiety or anger. 

4. Problem Solving: Students learn a process for solving problems with others in a positive way.

In addition, we teach lessons from two supplemental units: 

  • Bullying Prevention Unit
  • Child Protection Unit

(for more information on these supplemental units, click on links to their corresponding Subpages below)
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K-5 Overview
Your children will be learning a lot this year—and they will need your help! You can access Home Links here that go with several of the Second Step lessons that are being taught in your children’s classrooms. Home Links are simple, fun activities for you and your children to complete together. They are a great way for you to understand what your children are learning and for them to show you what they know.


Brain Break Games

Play these games with your children to help them strengthen their ability to:

• Pay attention to the game leader, the rules, and how they’re doing in the game
• Remember and apply game rules that change or get harder
• Control their behavior, for example, by starting or stopping an action in order to follow game rules.

Dance Double
Listening Concentration
Mixed Up Rules
My Turn, Your Turn
Rhyme Race
Sink or Swim


In addition, you can register online at www.secondstep.org to watch videos about the Second Step program and get information about what your students are learning by using the following activation keys for each corresponding grade level:

  • KinderSSPK FAMI LY70               and       BPUK FAMI LY00
  • 1st Grade: SSP1 FAMI LY71         and       BPU1 FAMI LY01
  • 2nd Grade: SSP2 FAMI LY72        and       BPU2 FAMI LY02
  • 3rd Grade: SSP3 FAMI LY73         and       BPU3 FAMI LY03
  • 4th Grade: SSP4 FAMI LY74         and       BPU4 FAMI LY04
  • 5th Grade: SSP5 FAMI LY75         and       BPU5 FAMI LY05