Ready-to-Use Social Skills Lessons & Activities for Grades 1-3

Pages: 304
ISBN: 9780876284735
Item Number: 8040


Children need to learn certain social skills to be successful in school and out. This three-volume series is designed for teaching positive behavior skills to students of all ability levels.

Each volume includes over 50 classroom-tested lessons and activities that emphasize helping young people to recognize the equal rights of others and to develop their skills in using good judgment to resolve everyday conflicts.

The program gives teachers and specialists a stimulating, systematic way to develop positive social behaviors in students through awareness, discussion, and rehearsing new behaviors. Students learn skills such as sharing, listening, dealing with anger, setting goals, building self-confidence, and dealing with prejudice.

Each lesson covers:

  • Purpose—need for teaching/learning the social skill, e.g., “Using Self-Control;”
  • Introduction—stories, videos, poems, and questions to make the skill concrete;
  • Skill Components– skill steps for teaching the appropriate behavior;
  • Modeling the Skill teacher and/or student demonstration of the skill;
  • Behavioral Rehearsal—student performance of the skill with teacher correction if necessary;
  • Practice—worksheets and other activities summarizing the skill;
  • Independent Use—activities to promote use of the skill outside of school;
  • Continuation—suggestions for reinforcing the skill through the school year.

Includes numerous student handouts and a section for parents that contains social skills training activities for use at home.

Disciplinary Strategies/Corrective Actions

  1. Accepting Disciplinary Actions
  2. Recognizing the Need for Disciplinary Actions
  3. Avoiding Negative Behavior

Thinking Before Acting

  1. Finding all Facts before Acting
  2. Fully Understanding a Situation before Acting
  3. Assessing the Total Situation before Acting


  1. Listening Attentively
  2. Listening (for Prediction)
  3. Listening for Specific Information
  4. Listening for the Main Idea of a Story
  5. Listening for Details (Writing)

Following Directions

  1. Following Verbal Instructions
  2. Following Instructions for Safety
  3. Following Written Instructions
  4. Following Verbal Directions at School
  5. Following Directions at Play

Improving Self-Image

  1. Feeling Good about Oneself
  2. Expressing Good Things about Oneself
  3. Feeling Positive about Oneself
  4. Being Positive about Oneself
  5. Rewarding Oneself

Accepting Consequences

  1. Accepting the Consequences of Our Actions
  2. Accepting Consequences for Breaking Rules
  3. Accepting Consequences without Complaining
  4. Formulating Verbal Apologies
  5. Accepting Consequences for Accidents
  6. Making Wise Choices

Problem Solving

  1. Solving a Problem by Sharing
  2. Using Problem-Solving Strategies
  3. Thinking of Alternative Solutions
  4. Applying Problem-Solving Techniques


  1. Avoiding Fights
  2. Expressing Anger Verbally

Completing Assignments

  1. Completing an Assigned Job
  2. Completing Assignments in a Given Time Period
  3. Completing Assignments when You Make an Agreement
  4. Completing Assignments Neatly and Accurately
  5. Completing Assignments for Success
  6. Completing Assignments at Home

Dealing with Anger

  1. Expressing Your Own Anger (Mitzy & Fritzy I)
  2. Handling Another Person’s Anger (Mitzy & Fritzy II)
  3. Using Nonthreatening Words

Dealing with Feelings

  1. Expressing Feelings
  2. Expressing Feelings (Mixed Emotions)

Accepting Change

  1. Understanding the Need to Accept Change
  2. Accepting and Adjusting to Change
  3. Learning to Accept Change

Stopping False Rumors

  1. Recognizing False Accusations and Rumors
  2. Preventing False Rumors
  3. Developing Strategies to Prevent False Rumors

Attending to Task

  1. Learning to Ignore Distractions
  2. Remaining on Task
  3. Concentrating on One’s Work
  4. Ignoring Distractions in the Classroom
  5. Ignoring Distractions (Review)

Respect for Others

  1. Giving a Deserved Compliment
  2. Giving a Compliment
  3. Giving a Verbal Compliment
  4. Asking Permission to Borrow Property
  5. Asking Permission before Borrowing
  6. Respecting Other’s Property

Accepting Differences

  1. Understanding Each Person’s Uniqueness
  2. Recognizing Individual Differences
  3. Preventing Prejudice

Dealing with Peer Pressure

  1. Learning to Say “No!”
  2. Resisting Negative Pressure
  3. Saying No to Doing Wrong
  4. Avoiding a Wrong Choice

Social Skills Task Review

  • Part I: Topics for Circle Time Class Discussions on Reproducible Discussion Cards
  • Part II: Review of Social Skills

Social Skills Family Training Booklet

  • Introduction and “Family Letter” (reproducible)
  • The Social Skills Song
  • Our Family Social Skills Training Checklist
  • Helpful Hints for Using This Book
  • Be a Role Model for Your Child
  • Activity Page—”Toot Your Own Horn!”
  • Fourteen Selected Social Skills with Suggested Activities
    1. Giving Compliments
    2. Asking Permission
    3. Disciplinary Strategies
    4. Respect for Others
    5. Using Self-Control
    6. Improving Self-Image
    7. Expressing Feelings
    8. Accepting Consequences
    9. Reacting to Failure
    10. Setting Goals
    11. Dealing with Prejudice
    12. Dealing with Anger
    13. Dealing with Peer Pressure
    14. Problem Solving
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