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Team sports are quite social; they involve following rules, playing cooperatively, communication, taking turns, and interpersonal relations. Introduce your special education class to the all-American sport of baseball. They learn about the game, practice content-specific vocabulary, watch a cartoon about baseball, discuss social skills, and if time permits, play the game. 
An outstanding worksheet on social skills is here for you. This four-page worksheet poses 25 skills for learners to consider, and rate themselves on using a 1 - 5 scale. At the bottom of the sheet, they must choose five skills they feel need improvement, list them, and come up with three ideas of how they can improve. Excellent!
Tenth graders make a list of social skills that people use everyday. They create a "How-to" video on an assigned etiquette area. Students research assigned etiquette area within groups using a WebQuest provided by the teacher and other reference sources.
Get creative as you teach a lesson on positive peer and social interactions. Discuss good social interactions through a scenario, brainstorm a positive response to the scenario, then creat a comic book superhero that exemplifies the social skills highlighted in the discussion. Autistic learners then draw a picture of their social skills superhero.
Designed for pupils with special needs, such as autism, this lesson calls for learners to  practice saying hello to others. The teacher begins by modeling the behavior she expects and practicing with each pupil before pairing learners together to practice with each other. This kind of sheltered practice is designed to foster and reinforce social skills. In order to complete this lesson as it is designed, teachers must have access to Model Me Kids videos and worksheets.
Students create unique hats. In this early childhood lesson plan, students engage in a group celebration to foster social skills, creativity, and fine- and gross-motor development as they put on a funny fashion show with the hats they have created.
Students grow gardens. In this early childhood lesson plan, students develop science concepts, language, and social skills as they work together to plant a container vegetable garden. Students document the experience by using digital photography.
Middle schoolers explore social skills. In this The Great Gilly Hopkins lesson, student read the Katherine Patterson book and determine whether they would hire the character from the story for a job.
A good idea. To build both speech and social skills special ed pupils go on a scavenger hunt. They locate people around the school and say a series of words, when they say the words correctly they receive a prize. They also ask for things, which they will receive if they ask appropriately. 
First graders discuss social skills and how they are important when talking with people in their everyday lives. They act out several scenarios involving poor social skills and observe how poor social skills can hurt people's feelings and become a problem in communication. They brainstorm ideas for writing a story and print documents to be shared with a peer.
Most of us like to play games, but knowing what to do when a game doesn't go the way one expects is a learned skills. Adolescents with behavioral disorders practice responding to a variety of situations that arise during game play. They take turns, ignore taunting, respond to losing, and discuss disputes. 
Kindergarteners discuss emotions and social skills as the start to this lesson. Then they demonstrate what emotions they feel while participating in a role play. This lesson plan also calls for group work in which learners show appropriate social skills while completing a task. 
"What?" she said. "That video just told me to eavesdrop, get to know imaginary people, and talk to myself. Interesting." It's all for a good cause, though! These three techniques will help your young writers improve their fictional dialogue. Using animated examples, the narrator conveys the positive effects of these not-so-social skills. Take a look at the extra materials and consider flipping the lesson to put your own spin on it.
Third graders identify unacceptable social behaviors and then describe how to replace those behaviors with acceptable behaviors. They see that as individuals we are in charge of our bodies and minds, and therefore we choose our mannerisms and/or behaviors.
Board games are great for building social skills and for fostering recreation and leisure skills! Here, you'll find an image and a brief description of how you can make a tactile version of the game Sorry for your blind or low-vision students. Large wood pegs that fit into drilled holes and braille game card will allow your class to have fun playing a classic game!
In this English worksheet, students read "Children Learn Social Skills in Web World," and then respond to 1 essay, 47 fill in the blank, 7 short answer, 20 matching, and 8 true or false questions about the selection.

Smart T

4th - 8th
Students analyze social skills and how they can demonstrate and emulate positive social behaviors. In small groups they complete a T-chart that lists what a selected social skill "looks like" and "sounds like," and write an essay on their assigned social skill.

Play Fair

Pre-K - 2nd
Students discover how to play fair. In this social skills lesson, students read Clifford's Sports Day and discuss ways to play fair. Students practice playing games fairly.
This social story is about what one can expect on Valentine's Day. It explains what happens on Valentine's Day in the classroom and what kind of behavior each pupil should have. Perfect for an Autistic child learning social skills. Note: Talk about what they can do if they feel socially overwhelmed during a holiday party. 
Eighth grade students take a study skills class aimed at increasing social skills and improving achievement. Students illustrate their individual interests and future goals. Skills are reinforced by using the same tools for study and report of a national monument.

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