Ready-to-Use Social Skills Lessons & Activities for Grades 4-6

Pages: 304
ISBN: 9780876284742
Item Number: 8041


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

  1. Learning Appropriate and Controlled Behavior
  2. Recognizing the Need for Rules/Consequences
  3. Accepting Appropriate Disciplinary Actions

Thinking Before Acting

  1. Fully Understanding the Situation Before Taking Action
  2. Getting All the Facts Before Acting
  3. Avoiding Thoughtless Actions


  1. Being a Good Listener
  2. Following Verbal Directions
  3. Ability to Sit and Listen Quietly
  4. Paraphrasing What is Heard
  5. Ability to Listen/Participate in Class Discussion
  6. Attending to the Speaker

Following Instructions

  1. Following Specific Instructions
  2. Ability to Follow Verbal Directions

Improving Self-Image

  1. Feeling Good About Oneself
  2. Helping Another Person
  3. Knowing Yourself
  4. Recognizing Your Strengths and Weaknesses
  5. Understanding Our Uniqueness
  6. Recognizing One’s Special Quality

Accepting Consequences

  1. Accepting the Consequences for Breaking the Rules
  2. Accepting the Consequences for Inappropriate Behavior
  3. Accepting Consequences Without Anger
  4. Responding Calmly to Failure
  5. Accepting Consequences for Inappropriate Behavior
  6. Using Problem-Solving Skills

Using Self-Control

  1. Refusing Requests in a Positive Manner
  2. Applying Decision-Making Skills
  3. Maintaining Self-Control
  4. Remaining Calm Under Stress
  5. Practicing Self-Restraint

Goal Setting

  1. Learning to Set a Goal
  2. Setting Successive Goals
  3. Setting and Achieving Goals

Completing Assignments

  1. Finishing Tasks on Time
  2. An Assigned Task
  3. Finishing Assignments on Time
  4. Working to Complete Assignments

Problem Solving

  1. Listening Problem-Solving Steps
  2. Making a Decision
  3. Reviewing Problem-Solving Choices
  4. Managing Conflict
  5. Applying a Method to Solve Problems
  6. Using a Plan to Solve Problems

Dealing with Anger

  1. Communicating Anger with Words
  2. Controlling One’s Anger
  3. Using Self-Control Steps—Sorting Out Anger
  4. Using Self-Control Steps—Resolving Anger
  5. Recognizing Words that Spark Anger
  6. Recognizing Another’s Anger

Accepting Change

  1. Accepting Good or Bad Changes
  2. Reacting to Change
  3. Adjusting to Change

Dealing with Feelings

  1. Showing that We Care
  2. Demonstrating Sportsmanship
  3. Recognizing Another’s Emotions
  4. Respecting Others’ Viewpoints
  5. Apologizing When at Fault
  6. Complimenting Others
  7. Practicing Active Listening
  8. Identifying Emotional Tones
  9. Expressing Understanding

Dealing with Prejudice

  1. Recognizing Individual Differences
  2. Accepting Each Person’s Uniqueness
  3. Appreciating Our Differences

Dealing with Peer Pressure

  1. Saying “No” to Negative Peer Pressure
  2. Ignoring Peer Pressure
  3. Saying “No” to Negative Group Pressure
  4. Resisting Negative Peer Pressure
  5. Knowing Your Own Unique Qualities
  6. Learning to Think Independently

Stopping False Rumors

  1. Preventing the Spread of Rumors
  2. Preventing False Rumors
  3. Preventing Spreading of False Rumors


Social Skills Task Review

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

Social Skills Family Training Booklet

  • Introduction and “Family Letter”
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