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Flexible Thinking Lesson and Activities


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This flexible thinking lesson is for teaching students about some of the most important executive functioning skills: perspective taking, going with the flow, and changing our thoughts. It’s about showing students how being flexible thinkers helps us to be more successful students and better lifelong problem solvers.

It was designed as a tier 1 classroom social emotional learning lesson (vs. an intervention) and works as a standalone lesson, or as part of an executive functioning unit.


Who is this resource for?

  • School counselors, school social workers, classroom teachers – anyone delivering SEL lessons!
  • It is recommended for students in 3rd-5th grades, but you know your students’ developmental levels and capabilities best

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This resource includes:

  • Hands-on opener
  • Slideshow for introducing and teaching what flexible thinking skills are and what they look like
  • Partner or group practice activity for students to use flexible thinking skills to solve a fictional character’s problems throughout the day (while having to think flexibly through working with peers!)
  • Independent worksheet for developing self-awareness and self-reflection
  • Self-assessment
  • Closing questions and exit ticket


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