GoEQ™ Curriculum

Upper Elementary

Unlock the potential of upper elementary students with GoEQ's™ comprehensive emotional intelligence curriculum, fostering mental well-being and resilience.

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“You can’t hire someone to practice for you.” —H. Jackson Brown Jr.

While this quote may give you a chuckle, the sentiment expressed is true. If we are to form habits, make lasting changes, or learn a new skill, practice is essential. In the Upper Elementary level of the GoEQ™ Curriculum, students grow in their knowledge of principles introduced in the Lower Elementary level and explore new principles that contribute to optimal mental health. The Upper Elementary level places its focus on teaching students how to dispute cognitive distortions through significant amounts of practice with hypothetical situations given in class. By the time students have completed this level of GoEQ™, they are proficient at recognizing thoughts that need changing in everyday life and readily offer a multitude of suggestions for adapting those thoughts to be true and helpful. 

Key Features: 

  • Introduces 2 new brain-optimizing lifestyle habits
  • Develops a deeper understanding of 5 brain-optimizing lifestyle habits 
  • Introduces students to how the brain communicates
  • Strengthens students’ understanding of emotional intelligence
  • Develops 2 key mental health-optimizing character strengths 
  • Explains the 10 most common cognitive distortions 
  • Provides a biblical foundation for understanding self-worth 
  • Implements scripture connections and memory verses aligned with each unit’s main theme
  • Integrates songs to implant E.Q. principles in students’ memories
Unit 1
Exploring our Brains

What is my brain? How does my brain function?

At the Upper Elementary level, we take the opportunity to deepen students’ knowledge of brain anatomy and introduce them to how the brain communicates with itself and the rest of the body.

Unit 2
Promoting Brain Health

How do I keep my brain healthy?

In Unit 2, students are introduced to more brain-optimizing habits and they build a deeper understanding of how different lifestyle habits they’ve already been introduced to in Lower Elementary affect the brain positively or negatively. These lessons are favorites with students and teachers alike because of their practical hands–on approach to exploring each habit.

Unit 3
Understanding Emotional Intelligence

How does emotional intelligence strengthen mental health? How can I build emotional intelligence?

Unit 3 reviews and expands students’ knowledge of emotional intelligence, giving them more tools to build their E.Q. as they grow.

Unit 4
Untangling Our Thoughts

How do I identify tangled thoughts? How can I untangle my thoughts?

In Unit 4, students are introduced to the 10 most common cognitive distortions (tangled thoughts). Students become skilled in identifying them and disputing (untangling) them through practice in class. Additionally, students are taught the characteristics of rational thoughts and how to change tangled thoughts into rational and helpful ones.

Curriculum Package Overview

We provide the classroom with a comprehensive set of materials, curated to complement our curriculum. These resources are designed to streamline lesson planning and enrich classroom engagement, supporting you every step of the way.

  • Teacher’s Manual 
  • PowerPoint Presentations 
  • Worksheets
  • Millie and Her Tangled Thoughts by Kristen Henley
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Upper Elementary Sample Curriculum

Curious about what awaits you? We invite you to download a free sample of our curriculum.

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Hear what our teachers and students are saying about us

So much growth!

I saw a student look up at me with tears in his eyes over his ruined art project and say, “I think I can handle it, Teacher,” instead of getting upset with the student who had knocked over the cup of water.

- Elementary teacher

So proud ❤️

Just a small exposure to the principles of this curriculum can make a big difference. I had a seventh grader terrified of heights who couldn’t get down from the top bunk on an overnight educational outing face her fears and climb down just because I shared with them the basic principles of EQ and CBT taught in this program. She had the biggest smile on her face after she had conquered her fear.

- Middle School Teacher

Complete transformation!

I watched a troubled 3rd grader choose to be quiet, instead of yelling back in the classroom when another student called him rude. That wouldn’t have happened eight weeks ago when we first started piloting the GoEQ lessons.

- Elementary teacher

Complete behavioral change

I saw a 7th grade student about to be expelled for bullying and abuse at school choose to walk away from a confrontation instead of fighting. When I asked what happened, she told me it must be because of what she was learning in the EQ program.

- Middle School Teacher

I enjoy school again!

I like coming to school now.

- Student

GoEQ saved my marriage!

The GoEQ Curriculum has changed my life as a teacher. My marriage wasn’t doing well. As I taught the program, I realized maybe it was because of my emotional intelligence or lack of it. I started trying to put principles I was learning as I taught into practice at home. Life is so much better now.

- Teacher


“The curriculum is easy to follow and doesn’t need a lot of resources.”

- Teacher

Had so much fun!!

“Students really enjoyed the activities.”

- Teacher

So much knowledge!

“I learned along with my students.”

- Teacher

What a boost!

"I saw an increase in students' confidence levels."

- Teacher

We NEED more!

"Students are hungry for more!"

- Teacher


"EQ should become a core subject for every classroom."

- Teacher
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Frequently Asked Quesions


Where can I find student worksheets for the Upper Elementary level?

At the Upper Elementary level, the GoEQ™ Curriculum is designed for students to create an interactive E.Q. journal using worksheets that are found at the end of each lesson in the Teacher’s Manual. All student worksheets are also found in the Student Worksheet Booklet for convenience and ease of printing and copying. These worksheets can be reproduced or photocopied for your personal classroom use.


Should I teach the Upper Elementary Curriculum in a mixed grade elementary classroom?

If you are teaching a mixture of elementary grade levels, you may be wondering what level you should use for your classroom: Can I teach from one curriculum manual? Can I use both Lower and Upper Elementary? Should I be using both? 

The Upper Elementary Curriculum is designed for grades 3–5, whereas the Lower Elementary Curriculum is for grades K–2. The choice of which curriculum to use in a mixed grade elementary classroom is best decided based on the number of students you have in each grade. However, if your upper elementary students have not been exposed to GoEQ™ previously, the Lower Elementary Curriculum will benefit them by providing a foundation for their education in emotional intelligence. For continued learning, consider using the GoEQ™ Upper Elementary Curriculum with your older students for reinforcement the following semester or year, or do a combination of the two throughout the year, being mindful of the level of the Upper Elementary with your younger students.


What is the difference between the GoEQ™ Lower and Upper Elementary Curriculums?

Each level of the curriculum is unique, bringing out various components of emotional intelligence to meet the needs of its intended age group. It is designed to be taught in succession to reinforce the fundamentals of emotional intelligence while giving students new concepts, habits, practical applications, and principles for mental health, as well as deepening their understanding and intellectual breadth. Taught in tandem, this curriculum set will provide the strongest education of the material. However, there are many classrooms that will cross the bounds of the recommended grades, and choosing which version to teach in such classrooms requires an understanding of the underlying differences between each level and a knowledge of your students’ current emotional and academic capabilities.

One of the biggest differences between the Lower and Upper Elementary levels is the GoEQTM Pre- and Post-Assessment tests. The Lower Elementary Pre- and Post-Assessments are given in an interview style and are shorter than the Upper Elementary Pre- and Post-Assessments, so it is much better suited for younger learners. 

Across both levels, different concepts are covered in each unit. Unit 1 in the Lower Elementary introduces students to neuroplasticity through activities and illustrations, while Unit 1 Upper Elementary introduces students to how the brain connects and communicates. The Lower Elementary also takes more time at the beginning of the program to build the procedures around creating gratitude and E.Q. journals than the Upper Elementary. 

Unit 2 covers the lifestyle habits that promote brain health. Each curriculum level covers both similar and different lifestyle principles with practical habits to apply them, and the students complete different activities in each level. Unit 3 is vastly different between these levels. In the Lower Elementary,

Unit 3 takes 22 days, slowly guiding students through understanding different abilities and skills to build their emotional intelligence. In the Upper Elementary, Unit 3 takes nine days. It has elements of review and expansion of the ideas from the Lower Elementary level, but also introduces students to new aspects and ideas under the theme of understanding emotional intelligence. 

Unit 4 also differs greatly between the lower and Upper Elementary levels. In the Lower Elementary, Unit 4 helps students get more practice identifying thinking errors and checking and changing cognitive distortions (a skill they were introduced to in Unit 3) that are common in their age group. Unit 4 in the Upper Elementary introduces students to all 10 of the common cognitive distortions and gives them lots of time to practice untangling thoughts. 

With this information in mind, the teacher can determine which curriculum is best suited for their students.

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