The AIA Experience for Grades K-2

My Story Begins

In AIA, young learners are explicitly taught social and emotional skills through direct instruction, teacher modeling, Nick videos, purposeful play, hands-on learning, self-exploration and more. With literacy-rich lessons, K-2 learners meet Nobly and an entire cast of characters to help them acquire the SEL skills, behaviors and mindsets that are foundational to a lifetime of success and happiness.

As young authors of their own lives, students repeatedly learn about and practice ways to better understand and manage themselves while discovering safe, productive ways to interact with others. Six chapters in all, AIA begins with a preface that focuses on a successful beginning to the school year, teaching important classroom rules and routines as well as introducing AIA and its theme for the year.

Moreover, AIA for the primary grades helps cultivate a classroom and school culture that is safe, kind, hard-working, empathetic and a positive learning environment. In K-2, students learn to be NOBLE students in a NOBLE classroom in a NOBLE school.

Explore the Chapters

Each chapter consists of 9 to 16 lessons. Each lesson is about 20 to 60 minutes long. Click on each chapter to view a description.

Preface - Be Noble

In "Be NOBLE", students are introduced to AIA and what it means to be a NOBLE student. This includes learning about the behaviors and manners of a NOBLE student. Students also learn the rules, procedures, and important places in their NOBLE classroom and school.

With a theme of "O Fly High," young learners discover that they have the power to control their own behavior, their own success, and ultimately, their own happiness.

Chapter 1 - Observations

In "Observations," students learn about what observations are and how to observe with their five senses to gain a greater self-awareness and social awareness.

They learn how to experience the world through their senses: hear, smell, see, taste, and touch. They also learn how to tell the difference between wants and needs and how to identify their own wants and needs. This chapter also teaches students how to spot and respond to unsafe situations.

Chapter 2 - My Feelings and Behaviors

In "My Feelings and Behaviors," students learn how to name their feelings and what causes them. Students also learn techniques for managing strong emotions and the difference between noble and un-noble behaviors.

It's important for early learners to learn how to make good choices with their actions no matter how they feel. This chapter strengthens young learners' self-awareness and self-management skills.

Chapter 3 - Wonderful Me and Wonderful You

In "Wonderful Me and Wonderful You," students gain a greater self-awareness and social awareness by identifying their own physical traits, personality traits, strengths, challenges, special skills, talents, and accomplishments that are unique to them and shared with others.

This awareness helps students gain a greater appreciation and gratitude for themselves and their classmates.

Chapter 4 - Getting Along with Others

In "Getting Along with Others," students learn relationship skills that are needed to make and sustain friendships, such as how to communicate effectively and demonstrate kindness. They learn how to respond to others' feelings with empathy.

Moreover, students develop additional self-management skills they can use to get along with others such as taking turns, sharing, resolving conflicts and applying the Golden Rule.

Chapter 5 - My Choices

In "My Choice," student learn strategies for responsible decision-making. They began by learning that choices can be small, ant sized, or big, elephant sized. They also learn that noble choices are helpful, healthy and safe.

To think through choices, young learners apply the Noble technique of Decision Mission: This, That or Nothing, learning that doing nothing is also a choice. Students then examine many important choices, including choices for how to be active, healthy, honest, safe, good citizens and the best learners they can be.

Boxed Materials

AIA is not just a curriculum but a fully integrated learning experience that shapes classroom and school culture! In order for this experience to be successful, each classroom receives a boxed shipped to their school with the following materials:

  • Nobly stuffed animal
  • 6-8 children books
  • Class set of AIA wristbands with the grade level theme
    • Grade K: “I Do Good”
    • Grade 1: “I Fly High”
    • Grade 2: “I Choose Gratitude”
  • Class set of AIA Crowns (Kindergarten only)
  • Star stickers (to place on AIA Crown or Noble Passport)

Online Resources:

While some of your materials are directly shipped to your school, the majority of the AIA Curriculum is just a click away! As long as you have access to the internet, you will be able to view the rest using your AIA login credentials:

  • Lesson Plans
  • Teacher Resources
  • Student Handouts
  • Nick Videos
  • Noble eStories
  • AIA My Noble Passport (grades 1 & 2 only)

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According to CASEL, every $1 spent on SEL has an economic return of $11. AIA is an investment in educators, children, and the future, with a return of better understanding, more collaboration and a more successful, inclusive learning environment.

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