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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. 
"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 plan to put your own spin on it.
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.
Choices, self-regulation, and emotions are three of the 21 terms to be found in a social skills crossword puzzle. Learners locate each word on the list in the puzzle template.
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.
Learners 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. Learners document the experience by using digital photography.
Students 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 students 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.
Explore communication techniques by using the latest video technology.  In this special education lesson, students create a video discussing their own social goals for the future.  Students utilize Flip Video cameras to document their behavior (autistic, and social anxiety disorders) and analyze ways to work through their disadvantages.
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. 
Fifth graders explore communication by analyzing manners. In this social skills lesson plan, 5th graders review the different forms of communication and how to present yourself in a phone conversation, face to face meeting, e-mail, etc. Students answer a list of study questions about communication and ultimately take a test on their communication skills.
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.
Some students struggle in social situations or when it comes to conversing with peers. Conversation is key in developing relationships and in building strong social skills. This app can be used to help children with social anxiety, ASD, communication disorders, or special needs. The highly visual and structured strategy used in the app can be applied to help learners gain confidence and skills in many different social arenas.  
Sometimes the simplest ideas foster a lot of different skills. To boost social skills, group participation, identifying others by name, and dressing skills, learners play the hat game. They take turns wearing a hat while singing a song that incorporates the object, names of peers, and actions related to the object. The lesson can be performed with any clothing item.
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!

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