The Fly Five Curriculum—
Your Academic+SEL Solution for Student Success!

Fly Five is a research-based, standards-aligned kindergarten through eighth-grade SEL curriculum designed to teach age- and grade-appropriate social, emotional, and behavioral skills. These lifelong skill sets lead to students' success in all facets of life and learning, play, work, relationships, and business.

Using a student-centered approach, Fly Five is intentionally designed to:

  • Give educators and students the tools they need to support social, emotional, and academic achievement in their classrooms.
  • Meet learners where they are at any age and stage.
  • Empowers students' academic risk-taking abilities, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills.

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C.A.R.E.S. Competencies

The Fly Five curriculum is standards aligned, with competencies and developmentally appropriate grade-level skills that students can practice in and out of school. These SEL competencies, known as C.A.R.E.S., guide educators in creating actionable learning opportunities that prepare every student for academic and behavioral success. Fly Five’s SEL standards are divided into five C.A.R.E.S. SEL competencies, which are cooperation, assertiveness, responsibility, empathy, and self-control. Learn how your state’s SEL standards align with Fly Five.

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The Fly Five C.A.R.E.S. competencies and the comprehensive SEL standards are CASEL-aligned. CASEL is a trusted source of knowledge about high-quality, evidence-based social and emotional learning. CASEL seeks to help make evidence-based SEL an integral part of education from preschool through high school. Explore our CASEL-aligned C.A.R.E.S. competencies and standards below!

Fly Five Curriculum Components

The components of the Fly Five curriculum strengthen the SEL skills students need for successful academic and behavioral outcomes, bridging the achievement gap and empowering every student to reach their full potential. In order to help bring your educational vision to life, our components are intentionally designed to:


Embed instruction in emotion management

The Mindful Student® curriculum can be used to embed instruction in identifying and managing emotions and emotional responses throughout the day.


Adapt to all educational contexts

The Fly Five curriculum offers a wide variety of dynamic, engaging materials that can be adapted to meet the unique needs of each and every classroom and school community.


Support teacher efficacy through professional development

Teachers receive two hours of training in how to use the curriculum and 10 hours per year (30 hours over three years) of asynchronous PD intended to develop their own SEL competence and content knowledge.


Support social and emotional learning at home

The School-to-Home Connections (SHC) are designed to support parent or caregiver engagement, continue SEL learning at home, and connect to what students are learning at school.


Increasing Student Autonomy

“Fly Five has really increased how we all look out for each other and can problem-solve by ourselves.” Serena, Fly Five fifth grader

In this short video, hear from Fly Five students, as they describe their Fly Five learning experiences and what social and emotional learning has offered them.


Fly Five in Action:

Success Stories from the Fly Five Classroom

The Fly Five Success Stories highlight the real-world experiences of Fly Five practitioners who are implementing the curriculum to address challenges in the field. In our first Success Story, Solving the Four Square Conflict, we follow two Fly Five educators, Ina and Laura, as they turn a popular game of Four Square into an opportunity to put their students’ SEL skills into action.

By using the Fly Five conflict-resolution steps and vocabulary, their students were able to practice and build assertiveness skills such as seeking help and problem-solving. Deepening their competence, students in Ina and Laura’s classroom wrote a pledge dedicated to making four square fairer for all players.

Watch this video to see how Fly Five resolves conflict resolutions!

“We went around in a circle talking about four square and how they feel six weeks after conflict resolution lessons…and they feel like it’s gotten better! Some have even said they walk by it and it doesn’t seem as stressful.” Ina Pannell-St. Surin

Fly Five Lesson Plan Implementation

In this Fly Five fifth-grade lesson demo, we follow Fly Five educator Ina Pannell-St. Surin, as she implements a lesson on assertiveness, where learners practice the aligned standard “Expressing Strong Emotions and Opinions Effectively.”

Watch as Ina utilizes the Fly Five curriculum to introduce new content, model effective strategies, and facilitate learning activities to promote student understanding and exploration of the standard.

Explore Our Research

Our curriculum is designed to support the Fly Five Theory of Change, which targets positive outcomes for teachers, students, and families alike. By supporting the development of SEL competence, educational stakeholders can improve student behaviors and academic performance.

In a recent study, we examined the effectiveness of the Fly Five curriculum in three international schools. Data highlighted SEL skill improvement, increased student engagement, and strengthened sense of school belonging, among other positive outcomes. This research is part of an ongoing study exploring how Fly Five builds students' SEL competence and leads to positive behavioral and academic outcomes. Check out the details of the study below.

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Additional products for social, emotional, and academic skill development with
The Mindful Student, Avenue A, and School to Home Connection!


The Mindful Student is a school-based mindfulness program designed to support proactive discipline and help students build skills of self-awareness, self-regulation, and self-discipline. Each grade-level set includes 20 lesson cards that provide mindfulness tools and strategies and align with the C.A.R.E.S. social and emotional competencies and standards.

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The Adventures of the Center City Kids is a collection of 20 read-aloud books that support the development of social, emotional, and literacy skills. Share the Adventure Series in the classroom or at home to enhance social and emotional growth, celebrate family, and amplify cultural diversity. Through intentional literacy integration and supplemental lessons, the Adventure Series promotes students’ academic success.

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Fly Five’s School-to-Home Connection (SHC) Toolkit builds a bridge between school and home and promotes family engagement. Each toolkit contains a newsletter with collaborative activities aligned with the week’s SEL lesson. These activities encourage students and families to extend classroom learning and continue building skills at home and in their community, together.

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