Document Type

Capstone Project (Campus-Only Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)


Human Development & Family Science


My capstone project focused on first grade students' development of social and emotional skills. Children have difficulty learning when they are struggling to get along with their peers and are struggling to control their emotions in a classroom setting. When children struggle with these skills, they are more likely to have social difficulties at school, thus resorting to inappropriate expressions of frustrations such as hitting, biting and/or screaming (Jones, 2017). In order for children to thrive in school, they have to have a strong foundation of social emotional skills. Even the brightest student or student with high achieving academic goals, cannot reach their full potential without having strong social emotional skills. For this reason, I am focusing on helping first grade students to further develop these skills, so when they move to the next grade, they will have a better understanding of what it is to be self aware of their own emotions, to self regulate their emotions, and to be socially aware of those around them such as their peers, and family. This project took place in Echo Valley Elementary school located in Prunedale, California. They come from low income families, and their primary language is Spanish. To address first grade students' development of social and emotional learning skills I created three lessons. Each lesson focused on one specific social emotional learning skill such as self-awareness, self-regulation, and empathy.

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