Literacy 4-6

Systems Change

Prompt Cards


Cards with strategies for managing emotions help students remember how to act when faced with strong feelings. Providing visual and/or verbal prompts that remind students of their calming strategies helps them manage difficult emotions and respond in healthier ways.

Use It in the Classroom

  • Students can take Emotion cue cards on a key ring wherever they go. These cards provide helpful reminders of strategies, such as squeezing a fidget or taking a mindfulness break, when feelings escalate or when they are losing control. Over time and through repeated use, these strategies can become part of students' Long-term Memory.
  • Design It into Your Product

  • Products can provide a repository of digital prompt cards with audio, visuals, and/or animations for learners to access when their emotions are heightened. Having the ability to choose which strategies are part of their own personal library allows learners to identify the ones that work best for them.
  • Factors Supported by this Strategy