Ready-to-Use Social Skills Lessons & Activities for Grades 7-12

Pages: 240
ISBN: 9780876284759
Item Number: 8042


Teens 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.


  1. Being a Good Listener
  2. Listening to Directions


  1. Starting a Conversation – How Would You Start?
  2. Starting a Conversation – What Would You Say?
  3. Asking for Help in Class
  4. Asking for Help When Needed

Using Persuasion

  1. Convincing Others to Do Right
  2. Convincing Someone to Do the Right Thing

Dealing with Feelings

  1. Knowing Your Feelings
  2. Recognizing and Accepting Your Feelings
  3. Expressing Your Feelings
  4. Expressing Empathy for Others
  5. Expressing Affection – How Do You Do
  6. Expressing Affection – Words of Affection
  7. Understanding Fear
  8. Managing the Emotion (Fear)

Using Self-Rewards

  1. Rewarding Yourself
  2. Rewarding Yourself for Achievement

Helping Others

  1. Responding to a Need for Help
  2. Feeling Good About Helping

Solving Conflicts Peaceably

  1. Using Negotiation to Settle Differences
  2. Using Negotiation to Deal with Peer Pressure


  1. Staying Calm Under Stress
  2. Recognizing Loss of Self-Control
  3. Avoiding Trouble with Others
  4. Making Wise Decisions
  5. Avoiding Fights
  6. Settling Differences Without Fights

Keeping Your Composure

  1. Dealing with Embarrassment
  2. Managing Embarrassing Situations

Dealing with Peer Pressure

  1. Coping with Being Left Out (Sex, Drugs)
  2. Responding to Persuasion

Responding to Failure

  1. Identifying Reasons for Failure
  2. Managing Failure

Dealing with an Accusation

  1. Reacting to an Accusation

Dealing with Group Pressure

  1. Resisting Negative Pressure (Values Ranking)
  2. Making Your Own Judgements


  1. Deciding What Caused a Problem
  2. Analyzing and Solving a Problem


  1. Setting Goals for the Future
  2. Setting Career Goals

Gathering Information

  1. Using Multiple Resources
  2. Identifying Resources

Setting Priorities

  1. Prioritizing Activities
  2. Putting Things in Order

Decision Making

  1. Making a Decision

Getting and Keeping a Job

  1. How to Apply for a Job
  2. How to Conduct Yourself During a Job Interview
  3. How to Keep a Job
  4. How to Become a Supervisor
  5. Code of Job Ethics – Part of Job Skills

Social Skills Task Review

  • Part I: Social Skills-Related Questions in Worksheet Form
  • Part II: Review of Social Skills Terms
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