Zones Gr 4-5

The Zones of Regulation is an evidence-based curriculum designed to teach children to identify their feelings and levels of alertness using four concrete, color coded zones.  This system provides a foundation of expressive language, helps develop effective regulation tools, helps determine how to problem solve positive solutions, and helps children understand how their behavior influences others’ thoughts & feelings.

4th & 5th grade Zones Group:

Week 1: Introduction to Zones (Wednesday, July 21st from 1:30-2:30pm)


  1. Students become familiar with the concept of The Zones
  2. Students increase emotions vocabulary
  3. Students increase recognition of facial expressions

    Activity: Create Wall Poster/ Demonstrate and Categorize emotions

Week 2: The Zones in Me (Wednesday, July 28th from 1:30-2:30pm)


  1. Students learn to identify the zones in themselves
  2. Students learn it is natural and expected to experience all of the zones given different situations/ environments 
  3. Students increase their awareness of how external factors, such as what is happening, who is near them and where they are, impact what zone they experience

    Activity: Zones Scenario Worksheet

Week 3: Understanding Different Perspectives (Wednesday, August 4th from 1:30-2:30pm)


  1. Students gain awareness of how others perceive them in the different zones
  2. Students learn that their behavior can change and affect others’ thoughts, feelings, and zones
  3. Students reflect on the positive and negative impacts of regulating their zone to the demands of the environment and situation

    Activity: Social Behavior Map

Week 4: Me in my Zones (Wednesday, August 11th from 1:30-2:30pm)


  1. Students gain an increased awareness of how they feel and look in each zone
  2. Students improve their ability to identify which zone they are in

Activity: Me in My Zones drawing activity

Week 5: How Do I Feel? (Wednesday, August 18th from 1:30-2:30pm)


  1. Students understand that different events change the way they are feeling
  2. Students improve their ability to use emotional vocabulary to describe how they are feeling
  3. Students are able to classify the feelings into the zones to demonstrate understanding of the zones concept

Activity: ‘I Have Feelings Too!’ Book Activity  

Week 6: Wrap-up/ Overview (Wednesday, August 25th from 1:30-2:30pm)


  1. Students reflect on what they have learned the past 6 weeks

Activity: Students share the biggest thing they have learned from the group 

       Hand out Zones of Regulation Certificates and/or toolboxes

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