7th Grade Emotional Intelligence Lesson Plan

Topic: emotional intelligence

Objectives & Outcomes

  • By the end of this lesson, students will be able to define emotional intelligence and list the different components of emotional intelligence.


  • Whiteboard and markers
  • Handouts with definitions and examples of emotional intelligence
  • Colored pens or pencils


  • Ask students to share their feelings about a recent stressful or emotional event in their lives. Ask them to discuss what emotions they experienced and how they dealt with them.
  • To deepen the discussion, ask students to reflect on how their emotions influence their actions and relationships.

Direct Instruction

  • Introduce the concept of emotional intelligence (EI) and explain that it refers to the ability to recognize, understand, and manage emotions in oneself and others.
  • Discuss the underlying brain functions and mechanisms of EI, such as the ability to recognize emotions, understand their underlying meanings and motives, and use this information to make appropriate decisions and behaviors.
  • Provide examples of how EI can be beneficial in daily life, such as in managing stress, communicating effectively, and building positive relationships.

Guided Practice

  • Divide the class into small groups and provide each group with handouts on emotions and the brain, along with other relevant materials.
  • Have the groups review the materials and then discuss them as a group, asking questions as needed and making connections to the concept of EI.
  • Encourage the groups to share their insights and thoughts with the class.

Independent Practice

  • Provide students with a worksheet or activity on emotional intelligence, such as a quiz or a short writing assignment.
  • Have students complete the worksheet independently and then review the answers as a class.


  • Review the main points of the lesson and emphasize the importance of emotional intelligence in our daily lives.
  • Ask students to share one thing they learned about emotional intelligence today.


  • Observe students during the independent practice activity and give feedback on their presentations.
  • Collect and grade the emotional intelligence worksheets completed during the independent practice activity.

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