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Make a Social Skills Superhero Comic Book

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Get creative as you teach a instructional activity 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...
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How to Play Baseball a Social Skills Lesson

For Teachers 5th - 8th
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...
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Social Skills Treatment Programme

For Teachers 3rd - 12th Standards
Even though they may not be tested on standardized assessments, social skills are vital for students to develop during their years in school. Through a series of discussions, activities, and role-playing exercises, these lessons teach...
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Social Skills Card Game

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Encourage social skills including listening, speaking, and taking turns with a card game that challenges scholars to discuss topics and summarize in groups of four. 
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More Tools for Teaching Social Skills in School

For Teachers 3rd - 12th Standards
Put an end to wasted instructional time with this lesson on responsibility and preparedness. After completing this series of activities students will learn the importance of these social skills not only in the classroom, but at home and...
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101 Ways to Teach Children Social Skills

For Students K - 6th Standards
Increasing pressure to improve student achievement has made it easy to overlook the social skills they also need to develop. With this collection of worksheets and activities, you'll be able to improve children's communication, teamwork,...
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Three Anti-Social Skills to Improve Your Writing

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
"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...
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Emotions and Social Skills

For Teachers K
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...
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How Are My Social Skills?

For Students 5th - 12th
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...
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Social Skills

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Every culture has a set of social skills one must learn to establish and maintain relationships. Some of these skills are particular to a culture and some are universal. Class members practice using appropriate language, polite manners,...
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Social Skills For Autism

For Teachers Pre-K - 6th
Designed for pupils with special needs, such as autism, this lesson plan 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...
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Communication, Day 2: Assertiveness

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Having social skills and being able to assert yourself in a positive way is so important. Students with mild to moderate disabilities engage in a series of activities to practice assertive communication and social skills. Perfect for a...
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Puppet Friends

For Teachers Pre-K - 6th
Learning how to be a good friend in school is a very important skill. Designed for young learners, the resource goes into social skills such as using good manners, taking turns, and being kind to people. Pupils use a paper bag and art...
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Listen, Remember, and Review

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
A lesson encourages positive peer interaction and enhances summarizing skills. As a class, scholars discuss the importance of listening alongside ways to better pay attention and remember information while tips and tricks are added to an...
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"When I Can Scream" Social Skill Story

For Teachers Pre-K - 3rd
Sometimes it is okay to scream and sometimes it is not. This 18-slide presentation shows kids when to use a loud, outside voice and when to use a quiet inside voice. Customized this social skills story by inserting the child's name and...
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Stand Up. . . Be InCtrl!

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
What is the difference between a bystander and an upstander? A collaborative project created through digital media helps the class understand that they can participate in an online community respectfully and responsibly. They consider...
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Game template

For Students K - 6th
Playing games can be a fun way to learn social engagement skills. This is nothing more that a 11 block game template, but it can be used with special needs or Autistic children to foster social skills. They will need to follow...
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"Decorating Easter Eggs" Social Skill Story

For Teachers Pre-K - 3rd
Prepare kids for Easter egg decorating with a social skills story that explains the process and details appropriate behavior for the activity.
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Play Fair

For Teachers Pre-K - 2nd
Students discover how to play fair. In this social skills instructional activity, students read Clifford's Sports Day and discuss ways to play fair. Students practice playing games fairly.
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Teaching Social Skills, Creating Successful Students “Following Instructions” and “Listening”

For Teachers K - 3rd Standards
With the help from learning games and holiday-themed coloring pages, scholars learn the importance of listening carefully and following directions. Coloring pages celebrate Halloween and Thanksgiving. Learning games include Simon...
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Game Related Social Skills

For Teachers 9th - 12th
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...
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"Going to Visit Santa" Social Skill Story

For Teachers Pre-K - 3rd
Prepare learners with autism for a visit to Santa Claus with this social skill story that tells them what to expect, as well as explains how they should behave
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"Getting Presents at Christmas" Social Skill Story

For Teachers Pre-K - 3rd
Here's a social skills story about getting presents at Christmas. Not only does the story explain what to expect, but also details appropriate behaviors when opening and receiving gifts.
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"What to Expect at Christmas" Social Skill Story

For Teachers Pre-K - 3rd
Holidays are less stressful if we know what to expect. Here's a social skills story that prepares learners with autism for the change in routines that holidays bring.
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Private & Public

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Some disabled students have a difficulty understanding what is and what is not publicly appropriate behavior. Help them build healthy social skills by defining public and private behaviors, labeling public and private places, and...
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Emotional Intelligence

For Teachers 5th - 12th Standards
Provide teenagers with the social skills they need to live happy lives with this collection of worksheets and activities. Covering a variety of topics from self-awareness and assertiveness, to stress management and problem solving, this...
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All About Me Wearable Signs

For Teachers K - 6th Standards
But enough about me....Help youngsters develop a fundamental social skill in recognizing what others enjoy talking about. Learners draw pictures and write words to describe their interests and what they enjoy discussing, and wear their...
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Getting to Know Me

For Teachers K - 4th Standards
As learners engage in the five hands-on and collaborative learning experiences in this unit, they will work on developing a sense of identity and acceptance of self, extending their social skills, and building positive self-esteem.
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Opening Presents at a Party: A Social Story

For Students K - 5th
Everybody has a birthday, for some children with autism, it can be a source of anxiety. Prepare your special needs or Autistic pupil for his birthday celebration with this social story. The story can be printed out, put into book form,...
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Adapted Sorry Board Game

For Teachers 2nd - 12th
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...
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Be a Good Friend

For Teachers Pre-K - 2nd
Young scholars discover characteristics of a good friend. In this social skills lesson, students read Clifford's Manners and discuss ways Clifford used his manners in the story. An activity that rewards young scholars for modeling ...
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Exploitation, Day 1: Touching

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Developmentally Disabled high schoolers need to know they types of touch, appropriate touching, and their personal rights. They brainstorm types of touch, go over their personal rights, and discuss social skills. Very appropriate lesson...
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"Going on an Easter Egg Hunt" Social Skill Story

For Teachers Pre-K - 3rd
Easter egg hunts are the focus of this social skill story that lets kids know what to expect and establishes expectations for behavior as well.
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Developing Dialogue

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Why do people argue?  Use the article "A Holiday Medley, Off Key" to discuss the struggles that interfaith couples face when choosing to celebrate certain holidays. Then, in small groups, encourage learners to write dialogues that...
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How To Be Socially and Emotionally Intelligent

For Teachers Pre-K - 5th Standards
Teach your elementary aged learners how to emotionally and socially intelligent. Use the resources in this collection to enhance social skills, teach youngsters to stand up against bullies, accept others, and provide ways for dealing...
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Self/Social

For Teachers 6th - Higher Ed Standards
Body language, our perception of others, and how to make a better impression socially are the focus topics for this lesson, which is part of a 23-lesson series on building important life skills. Learners complete a questionnaire on...
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Opening Day Activities

For Teachers 6th - 10th
Use these opening day activities for the first day of your physical education classes. Set the tone, get your class moving around, and have them talk to each other! There are a couple of activities to help you and your classes get started.
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Reciprocal Conversation

For Teachers K - 12th Standards
Keep the conversation going with a social skills activity. Designed for learners with autism, the lesson guides peers through the back-and-forth of a conversation, encouraging them to wait their turn before responding.
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How Interesting Is It?

For Teachers 2nd - 8th Standards
Discussing topics that other people are interested in is a key social skill that can often be overlooked. Here is a resource that supports learners in developing this life skill by first prompting them to consider a wide range of...
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Relationships, Day 4: Friendships & Dating

For Teachers 9th - 12th
It is so important to help special needs individuals know the difference between dating and friendship. They define friendship, differentiate between friends and strangers, role-play, practice greetings, then talk about dating. This...
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Waiting Your Turn to Speak

For Teachers K - 12th
Have you ever been so excited to talk that you interrupted another person? Help young conversationalists wait their turn to speak with a social skills activity. 
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Green Zone Common Ground Conversation Starter Worksheets

For Teachers 2nd - 6th
Finding common ground and building conversation can often prove a difficult task for many. Help learners build this important social skill using this resource, which includes a Venn diagram activity and sentence prompts to help students...
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Emotion Card Games

For Teachers K - 8th
Emotions come in all shapes and sizes, and can be difficult for young learners or students with special needs to identify. Support them in gaining the valuable social skill of recognizing emotions and understanding empathy with this...
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You've got a friend in me

For Teachers 2nd - 6th
It can be hard for anyone to make a new friend and particularly if you have a special need or disability. To build social skills and make new friends they watch videos related to friendship. Everyday they meet up for friendship club...
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Relationships, Day 1: Self-Esteem

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Expose your secondary special education class to the importance of belonging and feeling accepted. They define self-esteem, pride, and appreciation. Then create a self collage and share what they like about themselves with the class. A...
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Language Arts Skills: Listening and Speaking Strategies

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Your class can practice communicating clearly. They practice listening and speaking through games such asTelephone and a social scavenger hunt. This is a solid instructional activity that helps apply good communication skills.
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Wearing Green on St. Patrick's Day: A Social Story

For Students K - 6th
Intended for kids with autism, this set of slides shows different characters wearing different pieces of green clothing for St. Patrick's Day. As suggested, use this to reinforce clothing vocabulary. 
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Breaking News English: Children Learn Social Skills in Web World

For Students 5th - 10th
In this English worksheet, learners 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.
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Communication, Day 5: Saying "No"

For Teachers 9th - 12th
There are many ways to say, no. Secondary special needs students need to know when and how to say no when they feel they are in an uncomfortable situation. They sign, say, and role-play how to say no. Worksheets and role-playing cards...
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Sexual Education Assessment Tool: Special Education

For Teachers 9th - 12th
The FLASH program in Seattle has put together a set of questions for special education classes covering sexual education. Some of the topics include appropriate, inappropriate, self-esteem, puberty, hygiene, reproduction,  and sexually...
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HIV/AIDS & Other STDs, Day 1: Germs & Risk

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Assist your secondary special education class for understanding risky behavior, hygiene, and STDs. The class discusses how germs spread, how people get sick, and what needs to be done to prevent the spread of communicable diseases. They...
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Playing "Pin the Tail on the Donkey": A Social Story

For Teachers K - 6th
What is "Pin the Tail on the Donkey?" It's a game people play at parties. Prepare your Autistic pupil to play along by reading this social story. Each page contains rules of the game and what to expect. Playing games is a great way to...
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Speech/Language Scavenger Hunt

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
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...
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What to Expect on Valentines Day: A Social Story

For Students 1st - 6th
Valentine's Day is fun and exciting for most members of your class, but for learners on the autism spectrum, it can be disorienting. A social story demonstrates what one can expect on Valentine's Day. It explains what happens on...
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Social Skills Accepting "No"

For Students Pre-K - 3rd
When you are a kid, sometimes a grownup is going to tell you "No." You can respond in a couple of different ways... Learners discover how one youngster suggests how to approach hearing the word No from an adult in this quick one-minute...
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Behavior Picture Cards

For Students K - 12th
Teach the dos and don'ts of behaviors with a set of picture and word cards. From a do not hand signal to no pinching action, class members enhance social skills while learning appropriate behaviors.
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Game Level 6

For Students K - 6th
Game board level 6, as it is called, will help your special-needs child build social skills. Print this simple game used it in any number of ways to fit your students'curricular or social needs. There are eleven squares to play with.
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Game Board: Level 0

For Students K - 6th
Sitting still, taking turns, playing games are all highly valuable social skills. Help the Autistic or special needs child in your class practice these skills one step at a time. This "game board" contains only 5 squares so is perfect...
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"Visiting Family at Christmas" Social Skill Story

For Teachers Pre-K - 3rd
Holidays bring their own special joys and stresses. Prepare learners on the autism spectrum for Christmas family get togethers using this social story that not only lets them know what may happen, but also details how they should behave.
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"Saying "Hello" to People" Social Skills Story

For Teachers Pre-K - 1st
Support learners who may be very shy or reserved in saying "hello" to new people with this set of story slides. The presentation begins with a few slides describing why it is good to greet others, and concludes with opportunities to...
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"When Mom is on the Phone" Social Skills Story

For Teachers Pre-K - 2nd
How should youngsters act when their parents are on the phone? Using the story slides in this resource, your learners will discover the importance of not interrupting a parent's phone call and how to whisper or play with toys quietly.
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"Other People Can Be First" Social Skills Story

For Teachers Pre-K - 2nd
Remind learners that sometimes other people might like to be first to answer questions, drink from the water fountain, get to the classroom, and other common daily events. This resource includes nine story slides of visuals and simple...
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"Saying 'No, Thank You'" Social Skills Story

For Teachers Pre-K - 1st
Teach learners to use polite words when they do not want something, rather than being rude or aggressive, using these simple presentation slides. The presentation walks students step by step through what it means to say "No, thank you,"...
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Modern Day Pen Pals, Connecting Our Art Room to the Rest of the World!

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Initiate an international pen pal program! After establishing communication with an art class in another country, groups share pod casts and video streams of their work. The scripted resource details how to prepare for the pod casts, but...
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Self-Control Meters for Volume, Space and Levels of Formality

For Teachers K - 12th Standards
If your pupils have difficulty producing the appropriate voice volume in various settings or respecting personal space, refer to this "control-o-meter" device. This resource includes materials to create three meters for you to clearly...
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Yes We Can! Students with Autism & Down-Syndrome on the Drums!

For Teachers 1st - 5th
To learn about various topics and improve their social skills, learners with special needs play along with music on drums and other sound objects. Teachers take digital pictures of the learners participation and use them to make bulletin...
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Application Skills, Job Hunting, Social Skills/Cooperation

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed
Students recognize vocabulary necessary for applying for a job, fill out a job application and provide personal information necessary for applying for a job. They spell the names of references and tell ways of networking to improve job...
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Communication, Day 3: Asking What You Want

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Mild to moderately disabled secondary students practice asking for what they want. They discuss a scenario, list things they want, then practice asking for those things. Our special needs students need to know how to communicate...
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Exploitation, Day 2: Exploitation and Getting Help

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Exploitation is a real issue for the disabled community. Secondary Special Education students learn what exploitation is, their personal rights, and how to say no. They focus on finding a trusted adult to get help if they have been taken...
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Anti-Bullying Efforts in the Elementary Classroom

For Teachers 1st - 6th
Help prevent bullying from ever beginning with these simple strategies for implementing class meetings.
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Create a Safe Antibullying Environment in the Classroom

For Teachers Pre-K - 2nd
Helping children understand their own feelings and reactions is the first step toward building empathy and combating bullying behaviors. Using cards with characters and relevant questions on them, conduct a group discussion about...
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Smart T

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Learners 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...
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Keystone Class Technology/Study Skills Unit

For Teachers 8th
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...
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Activity Plan Mixed Ages: A Funny Hat Show

For Teachers Pre-K - K
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...
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Buggy Rides

For Teachers K
Students go for a buggy ride. Each of them have a chance to be a rider and a horse. They need to tell their "horse" when to begin pulling by saying "giddy-up." students work together and use appropriate social skills
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Activity Plan 4-5: Plant a Salad Garden

For Teachers Pre-K - K
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...
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Responsible Abbie, Responsible Me

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students develop their social skills and learn what it means to be responsible. In this responsibility lesson, students read a book about the topic, discuss the book, and list reasons why to act responsibly. Students work in groups to...
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Song: Eye Contact When Greeting

For Teachers Pre-K - 3rd Standards
When you say hello to someone, look at their eyes! Set to the tune of "When You're Happy and You Know It," this activity helps learners on the autism spectrum build a valuable social and conversational skill. 
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Listening During a Conversation

For Students 2nd - 5th Standards
What does active listening look like? Learners identify basic rules for listening carefully to others, such as maintaining eye contact and commenting appropriately, and then evaluate different examples of conversations on a worksheet to...
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Reaching to the Clouds for Equality

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students explore the concept of equality. In this Martin Luther King, Jr. lesson, students read Martin's Big Words, discuss fairness, and create a cloud with their dream recorded on it.
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Relationships, Day 5: Acquaintances & Strangers

For Teachers 9th - 12th
It is important for special needs students to know the differences between acquaintances and strangers. They define the world helper, acquaintance, and stranger then discuss a scenario based case study.They talk about touch and no touch,...
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A Zoo Book for All

For Teachers 1st - 3rd
A visit to the local zoo launches an integrated life science/ language arts research project into the habitat, feeding habits, offspring, lifespan, and other interesting facts about animals. Each group selects two animals to photograph...
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Let’s Be Friends

For Teachers 2nd - 3rd Standards
Introduce positive social skills and friendship to young learners with this wonderfully designed eight-lesson unit. It includes several activities to help learners identify positive attributes, build empathy, and understand the qualities...
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Missing Objects Game

For Teachers K - 2nd
Help students learn how to encourage others using kindness and supportive words with this social skills game. Designed for learners on the autism spectrum, students practice using encouragement phrase prompts while another works to...
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"Going to Church on Easter" Social Story

For Students Pre-K - 3rd
The social skills story, "Going to Church on Easter," lets kids know what they might expect and how they might be expected to behave at a church service.
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And Today's Guest Star Is...

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explore correct social behaviors. For this social skills lesson, students take turns modeling correct social behaviors in various settings. Students write text for a social story and share them with the class.
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December: We All Want to Feel Included

For Teachers 2nd
Second graders discuss bullying, empathy and making friends. In this social skills activity, 2nd graders read a story and have a class discussion on what it means to be empathetic, how to be a good friend and how strong friendships and...
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Kids Bullying Kids

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Students discuss bullying. In this social skills lesson plan, students take a survey regarding times they have been bullied and then discuss the results.
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Lesson 3: Conflict Resolution

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students identify and discuss different types of conflicts in which they have been involved, discuss positives and negatives about how conflicts were resolved, and role play situations discussed to practice conflict resolution skills.
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Fun in the Sun

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students learn about safe summertime play and responsibility. In this Clifford-themed lesson plan, students read Clifford Keeps Cool, use a time line to discuss the story, and participate in a summertime picnic activity.
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Bullying Can Be Stopped—7th Grade

For Teachers 7th
Help stop bullying and encourage learners to speak up! Discuss the definitions of bullying and when to approach an adult for help. Objectives and definitions are laid out followed by discussion procedures. A handout includes hypothetical...
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I Like To Sing

For Teachers Pre-K - K
Aaron and Nick Carter discuss the importance of getting along. They describe ways they work together. One of the things they love to do is sing. By singing together, they show how it feels to cooperate and get along. This is an important...
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As The World Takes Turns

For Teachers Pre-K - K
In this riveting episode of As the World Takes Turns, Telly and Zoe learn to take turns. Often times as teachers, we are required to assist more than one child, and those who are waiting need to learn the importance of being patient and...
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Kids Talk About First Time

For Teachers Pre-K - K
Children talk about the first time they did something and how it felt. They discuss the importance of practicing and perseverance when learning a new skill. It's important that learners know from an early age that people aren't born...
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Tuba And Drum: Cooperation

For Teachers Pre-K - K
Telly and Elmo have to figure out a way to work together so that they can play their instruments at the same time. Elmo wants to play his drum and Telly wants to play his tuba. Eventually, they realize that they can cooperate by playing...
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Social Skills: Anger Management, Recognizing Anger

For Teachers Higher Ed
Students recognize the emotion of anger. They complete a writing journal and record the feelings of anger as they occur. The teacher models anger, and presents new skills of dealing with anger as the lesson evolves.
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Clever Conversations Game

For Students 1st - 6th
Build social and conversation skills with a fun game! Special needs and children with autism can play this game to practice asking friendly questions and giving appropriate responses. After playing, have them ask one person a friendly...
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Helping Others

For Teachers 4th - Higher Ed
Teach the skills, phrases, and responses necessary to help another person. Your autistic learner will practice specific phrases and responses in simulated situations where an adult or peer needs assistance. The exercise includes helpful...
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Social Cards

For Teachers K - 5th
Explore social isolation with learners and how to begin building important social skills with a dice and discussion activity. After rolling a particular number on a die, students then respond to an associated social card in which they...
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Communication Monitoring

For Teachers 1st - 12th
Monitor your learners' progress with social skills and appropriate social behavior. Split into four categories (social behaviors, communication behaviors, play behaviors, and inappropriate behaviors), the resource prompts educators to...
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Having a Birthday Party: A Social Story

For Teachers K - 6th
Birthdays can be a stressful time for children with Autism. Get your special needs or Autistic pupil ready to party with this social story. Each page contains party images and text explaining what to expect during a birthday party. Share...
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Going to a Birthday Party: A Social Story

For Students K - 6th
What happens when we go to a Birthday Party? Lots of different things! Share what goes on, what to expect, and how to socially interact with your Autistic or special needs pupils. Each page lets children know what they will see and what...
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Playing Pinata at a Party

For Teachers 1st - 6th
What is a Pinata and why is every body hitting it with a stick? Prepare your Autistic child for a common birthday activity that may be slightly over-stimulating. This printable book explains what a pinata is and how it is used at a...
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Language Experience Stories

For Teachers 1st - 6th
Here is a great way to bring core content to your special education classroom. Included is a set of instructional ideas intended to help learners increase their verbal and written expression through storytelling. Tape recorders, story...
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Photo Cartoons: How To Give A Compliment

For Students 1st - 4th
Help learners develop the ability to offer appropriate, meaningful compliments to others—an essential social skill. Here you'll find a quick photo cartoon illustrating a right and wrong way to give a compliment, as well as a brief...
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Give Compliments!

For Students K - 3rd
Learners practice the important social skill of offering appropriate compliments in a variety of situations! Pupils match photographs of particular events that call for a compliment with an appropriate compliment from a list provided in...
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Personal Information

For Teachers K - 12th
"Hi, how are you? My name is___." Seems simple enough but it's not always that easy to recall and relate factual information about yourself. Learners with multiple disabilities practice memorizing and relaying personal information about...
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Have Respect

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students learn the value of respect. In this Clifford the Big Red Dog lesson plan, students read the story, discuss respect, and experience a mini-international festival.
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Clifford's Big Idea: Be Responsible

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students become aware of how important it is to be responsible at home and school through meaningful reading and language experiences. In this Clifford Gets a Job lesson plan, students author their own booklet regarding responsibility at...
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Back-to-School Meet & Greet

For Teachers K - 2nd
Student are welcomed into a new learning environment through reading and age-appropriate activities that help relieve the anxiety of beginning school in a new place and with new friends. In this Clifford-themed lesson plan, learners...
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Help Others

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students share the value of helping others through reading and art activities. In this Clifford and the Big Storm lesson plan, students read the story, discuss courage, and create a gallery of heroes.
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Shall We Dance or Do Manners Matter?

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Learners examine the importance of social graces during the Victorian Era in the US. For this library studies lesson, students use primary documents to describe the emphasis on morals, proper behavior and manners impacted every aspect of...
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Advertising

For Teachers 7th - Higher Ed
Students complete a product analysis as a study of advertising. In this advertising instructional activity, students discuss advertising by putting up 10 product logos with the name of the products taken out. Students see how many...
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Decision Making Diagram

For Students 4th - 12th
In this literacy worksheet, students use the created resources for further progress towards knowledge. The sheet is a teacher's guide for creating student resources.
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The Classroom Easter Egg Hunt

For Teachers K - 5th
Students work cooperatively to discover hidden Easter eggs in the classroom using prepositions of location. They record the location of the eggs on the worksheet found at the included web link but do not move it so others can find it.
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Getting to Know You

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students introduce themselves utilizing an alliterative descriptor. They begin building a nurturing learning community and follow multi-step directions for preparing applications and completing forms. Each student also demonstrates how...
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Non-Verbal Communication

For Teachers 6th - 10th
Many developmentally disabled learners struggle with accurately conveying messages and interpreting those of others around them, especially when they are non-verbal. This instructional activity contains fun activities and exercises, such...
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Help Your Students to Remember

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders practice memorization skills while working in teams. In this memorization activity, 5th graders work in small groups to practice recalling items that they see on a worksheet. They write or draw what they see on the...
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Silly to Serious Cards and Panels

For Teachers K - 4th
What are the unwritten rules of formality in different social situations? Help learners identify when it is the appropriate time to be silly, funny, or serious with this collection of illustrated panels and cards.
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"When I Feel Angry" Social Skill Story

For Teachers Pre-K - 3rd
Here's a presentation that shows kids appropriate ways to behave when they are feeling angry. They learn how to identify when they are feeling angry, calming strategies they can use, and words they can use to express their anger. The...
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How to Make and Keep Friends

For Students 2nd - 5th
Examine what makes a good friend by inviting pupils to brainstorm character traits that good friends have. They write down four traits and write a few sentences about why each trait is important.
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Your Friends in School: Part 2

For Teachers K - 3rd
Making friends is an important social skill. Talk about the importance of friendship, what makes a friend, and friends found in the classroom. This presentation includes an activity where kids pair-up to make a picture for the class...
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Activity Plan Mixed Ages: Friendship Soup

For Teachers Pre-K - K
Students learn creative cooking. In this early childhood lesson plan, students children work together to plan, buy, and prepare a soup for their lunchtime meal.
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Personal/Social Development

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Many teenagers dream of growing up to work in health and safety fields; give them some real-world insight using this research instructional activity. Although there are just the basics here, you can easily use them as an outline for an...
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When I Can Scream

For Teachers K - 12th
Is there a time or place when screaming is okay? Sometimes it's appropriate to be loud, other times it's not. Help your learner with autism determine when screaming is appropriate. This well-written story can be fully customized to fit...
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Spring Break Social Skill Story

For Teachers Pre-K - 3rd
Changes in routines can prove to be difficult for all kids, but especially for autistic learners. Here's a story designed to prepare kids for the change in schedule brought on by spring break.
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When I Feel Angry

For Teachers K - 12th
Everybody feels angry sometimes, and it can be hard to know how to handle such a big emotion. This story was written with a learner with autism in mind. It provides clear guidelines the child can follow when he is feeling upset or angry....
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Waiting While Riding in the Car

For Teachers K - 12th
Traffic and stop lights can be a bother for even the most patient person, but when you have autism, that extra time spent in a hot car can be a real nuisance. Here is a great story that addresses the need to be patient while waiting or...
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Finding My Pathway

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders engage in a lesson that is concerned with the acquiring of skills necessary to make informed career choices. They examine the type of language that should be acquired for communication in the workplace. They also have...
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Leisure Game Skills

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed
It's fun to play games, but sometimes it can be hard to know how. Here is an instructional activity intended to teach severely disabled learners how to engage in a fun leisure activity, such as playing checkers or croquet. They'll...
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Interrupting

For Teachers K - 2nd
Everybody loves to contribute to the conversation, but it needs to be done politely so as not to interrupt. Help your little ones learn how to add to a conversation appropriately with a few activities that complement the book, My Mouth...
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Relying on People You Know for Transportation

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students engage in a instructional activity that is concerned with the concept of transportation and focus upon carpooling to work. They role play the skill of asking for a ride and making arrangements for a transportation schedule....
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Learning Skills

For Teachers 2nd
Second graders role-play in a variety of different academic and social situations. In this social skills lesson, 2nd graders identify specific skills needed to succeed at home, in school, and out in the community.
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Friends for All

For Teachers K
Pupils explore methods to make friends. They practice social skills, such as good manners. Students discuss characteristics of a good friend. Pupils create a puppet and use it in a role play situations.
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Appropriate Topics of Conversation

For Teachers K - 12th Standards
Conversation skills are key for having good social skills, but it can be tough for some especially those with autism. Use an activity that walks ASD pupils through topics that are and aren't appropriate for various audiences as they fill...
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Retelling the African Folktale Abiyoyo

For Teachers K
Act out the African folktale Abiyoyo. Kindergartners listen to the tale and discuss the characters, dressing as their favorite characters in order to retell and perform Abiyoyo using props. They will gain an understanding of story...
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Model Me Going Places 2

For Students K - 12th
Social stories are wonderful teaching tools specifically designed for learners with Asperger's, autism, PDD-NOS, non-verbal learning disabilities, or other developmental disabilities. They are used to model appropriate social behaviors...
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Visual Think Sheet

For Students K - 4th
Support learners in understanding how their actions can affect themselves and others with this visual think sheet. It includes a collection of images representing some bad choices youngsters can often make, and walks them through...
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Video Social Studies

For Teachers Pre-K - 5th
Learners write a social story. For this social story lesson, students write a social story which addresses a specified social skill or behavior. They write the story following the format that is given at an Internet link. They read the...
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Being Responsible

For Teachers 1st
First graders focus on the social skill of responsibility. They observe different social situations in order to acquire behaviors as they are modeled by others. Students identify items that are acceptable for borrowing or loaning, and...
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I Will Not Let You Down

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders investigate the social skill of honesty and trust. They diagram how the two are related and participate in class activities in order to strengthen cognitive connections of how honesty and trust are related. The lesson...
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P.E. Bees

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students practice positive social skills and manners in this short instructional activity that is used to start each session of P.E. class. They identify a positive behavior, such as be on time, written on a bee cutout pasted among...
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Caring

For Teachers 1st - 3rd
Students investigate the concept of developing the social skill of caring for others and self. The lesson includes a silent time of reflection on how one can care. Then students read a story that illustrates the concept of caring and...
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The Choices You Make

For Students 4th - 5th
In this social studies learning exercise, students examine each question and make a choice. For example, they are asked about spending the day with their mom or spending the day with a friend for a fun-filled trip. Then they write an...
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The Social Skill of Communication

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders explore communication by analyzing manners. In this social skills lesson, 5th graders review the different forms of communication and how to present yourself in a phone conversation, face to face meeting, e-mail, etc....
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Total English Elementary: Why Don't We...?

For Students 2nd - 3rd
In this social skills practice worksheet, students list 3 ways to make a suggestion, respond to 2 questions regarding how one answers the telephone, read a telephone dialogue with a partner, and record information their partner gives to...
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It Is All About Love

For Teachers K - 2nd
Learners engage in a lesson that is concerned with developing the social skills of loving others in constructive ways. They participate in the reading of a story that illustrates the concept of love and its application. Then questions...
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Sneetches

For Teachers K - 3rd
Students engage in a lesson that uses guided questions in order to help create cultural awareness among students. The use of gender is considered and the students reflect upon the answers of questions to learn social skills.
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Meet Someone Who?

For Students K - 2nd
In this social skills worksheet, students find other students in their class who meet the different category on the worksheet. For example: like to swim, has shoes with laces, etc. Students are given pictures to help which makes this...
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What's Your Problem?

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students role play giving advice. In this social skills lesson plan, students work in teams to offer advice and suggestions. Students give each other advice and the class attempts to determine the problem. Resources are provided.
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Social Competence

For Teachers 10th - Higher Ed
Intended for adults with special needs, but appropriate for upper graders as well, this activity encourages appropriate interpersonal communication. They practice responding to various situations in a role play setting. The instructional...
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Sense of Hearing

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Create a graphic organizer to review parts and systems of the body, then present a new topic. Special education students grades 3-5 learn about the sense of hearing. They draw parts of the ear, sign a song, read Perk Up Your Ears, and...
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Birthday Visual Schedule

For Students K - 6th
Visual schedules can really help an autistic or special-needs child cope with a social event. Focused on birthdays, this resource helps learners know what to expect and what comes next at a birthday party. Additional suggestions are...
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The Valentine Train

For Students K - 6th
Read and explain the social norms that define Valentine's Day. Your Autistic pupil will hear about Travis the Train, as he goes through the town delivering Valentine cards to all his friends. This is a great resource for talking about...
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I Could Help By...

For Students 2nd - 5th
Work with your class to build positive social skills. For this exercise, pupils decide how they could respond to someone who is feeling sad, disappointed, angry, surprised, or nervous.
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Everyone Loves a Compliment

For Students 1st - 3rd
Learners practice differentiating compliments from other types of comments in a list of seven statements on this social skills worksheet.
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"Trick or Treat" Cards

For Teachers Pre-K - 3rd
Perfect for non-verbal learners, these Trick or Treat cards say thanks in a big way. Children with autism can hand this Happy Halloween thank you card to houses visited or can wear a big copy attached to their costume.
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The Million Man March

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students investigate the founding and applications of having The Million Man March while writing about the founder Louis Farrakhan. They communicate the intentions of the march that included the responsibility men are to take for the...
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Have You Seen Jill? A Business ESL Role-play

For Teachers 5th - Higher Ed
Students practice role-playing to use relative clauses and to describe people. In this ESL lesson, students use verbal expressions to describe the actions of people in an office. Students work with a partner to initiate conversation to...
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The Effects of Limited Space on a Culture

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Learners predict the impact of population density on shelter, transportation, recreation, land use, and social skills and then research that impact on Japan. They write a response about the impact of population density on food...
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Social Skills (Independence)

For Teachers 3rd
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...
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Enhancing Social Skills and Vocabulary through Photography

For Teachers K - 5th
Learners in a special education classroom identify pictures of various living things. In groups, they role-play different roles to help them with their social and communication skills. To end the lesson, they take pictures of different...
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Social Behavior at Lunch and Dinner

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed
Having appropriate behavior at special events, lunch, and dinner is key for all learners to master. Individuals with special needs are videotaped in several social settings, they watch and assess their own behavior in each setting in...
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A Newer, Better, Older Me

For Teachers 1st
First graders engage in a instructional activity that is concerned with self-respect and interpersonal relationships. They create a character clover as an art project that lists positive character traits and specific attributes of...
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Goldilocks Revisited

For Teachers 2nd
Second graders investigate the story of "The Three Bears" while focusing on the character of Goldilocks. They answer key questions that are focused upon the development of positive feelings and reactions. Students discuss the possible...
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Be a Problem Solving Star

For Teachers 2nd
Second graders investigate the skill of solving problems. They have class discussion about problem solving and identify the steps in settling conflicts. The strategies are demonstrated for application to problem situations and student...
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Teaching Game Play Concepts

For Students K - 6th
Some children with autism need to be prepped prior to game play, and game play concepts need to be introduced and reinforced. This short yet informative article will help you know how to get the kids in your special ed class ready for...
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Big Feet/ Sharing Our Knowledge

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Young scholars investigate the concept of ownership of the community and being part of it. They conduct research about global ecology in order to make a presentation. The communication must be clear and brief to give information. The...
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Middle School Here I Come!

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders engage in a instructional activity that is concerned with the transition to middle school with the help of the school counselor. They are taught about the requirements of changing to different classes throughout the day and...
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Happy, Sad, Scared And Mad: All Belong To Me

For Teachers K
Pupils investigate the basic emotions that are experienced by human beings. They define and differentiate between the feelings of happiness, sadness, and anger. Students complete a feelings worksheet and look at images that represent...
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How Do I Act Like A Friend?

For Teachers K
Pupils engage in a lesson that is concerned with the meaning of being a friend. They take part in a series of activities to define the meaning of friendship. Students are presented with scenarios and then role-play how to act to...
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Transitioning To Kindergarten: Life In Kindergarten

For Teachers K
Students investigate Kindergarten and the different activities that are found there. They are introduced to the classroom and procedures with the help of a puppet show. Then students color in a worksheet that focuses around the...
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Freshmen Mentor Program: Meeting My Mentor

For Teachers 8th - 9th
Students develop skills that address the transition from middle to high school. They take part in a series of activities that help them to become more comfortable in their new social setting.
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Choosing To Help Others

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students investigate how people should act socially responsible in the community. They aare given a scenario and then asked how they are supposed to act in the situation. Then students role play to make a compassionate and responsible...
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Character... My Foundation

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students participate in a lesson examining the concept of character and how it is the foundation of lasting human relationships. They examine character traits that are considered positive and then define the differences between...
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Listening

For Teachers Pre-K - K
Introduce your young learners to some of the basic skills of listening, and getting along with others in this sociology PowerPoint. Pupils practice asking for help, asking for a favor, dealing with teasing and anger, and showing...
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Game Level 17

For Students K - 6th
Sharing, taking turns, and playing games doesn't come naturally for all children. Those are skills that need to be fostered and practiced. Here is a very straightforward teaching tool intended to teach game playing and turn taking. You...
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Dangers of Labeling and Stereotyping

For Teachers 11th - 12th
The content of this lesson is intended for a mature group. Participants imagine that they must decide which eight of fourteen people on a doomed cruise ship will be allowed to board the only life boat and survive. A list of passengers...
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Balloon Trolley

For Teachers K - 1st
Students use a physical activity in order to improve hand eye coordination and teamwork. They stand close to each other with balloons between them and stay together without holding the balloons with hands. This requires trust and...
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Lyddie

For Teachers 5th - 7th
Learners investigate the character trait of perseverance and how it is used to help a girl gain independence in a fictional story. The story also has them think about the value of relationships and then write reflectively about...
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Who Wrote That?

For Teachers K - 12th
Scholars creatively respond to writing prompts. They respond to writing prompts that reveal clues regarding their personalities and then use the prompts written in class to guess the prompts that belong to their classmates.
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What to Expect on Halloween

For Teachers K - 12th
Halloween is a wonderful and highly social holiday, it includes dressing up, meeting new people, and of course candy! However, for a child with autism, Halloween might be a holiday of stress and uncertainty. Prepare your students for the...
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Doing Random Acts of Kindness

For Students K - 5th
New ReviewEncourage scholars to perform random acts of kindness. A lesson challenges participants to choose a peer they wish to be kind to without them knowing. Learners list five good deeds and choose one to fulfill. Pupils reflect on the process...
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Hierarchy of Skills

For Teachers K - 8th
Learn about the steps used in listening with a list of skills. Sections are divided into detection, discrimination, identification, and comprehension, with details and and definitions in each category.
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Photo Cartoons: Being Polite

For Students Pre-K - 8th
Have you ever been left out of plans your friends were discussing? This photo cartoon will help your learners recognize that being polite can go beyond just saying please and thank you by making sure others feel included and welcomed.
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My Mouth is a Volcano

For Teachers 1st - 3rd Standards
New ReviewA discussion about interrupting others sets the stage for a lesson all about respecting others when speaking. Scholars listen to the story, My Mouth is a Volcano by Julia Cook, then brainstorm ways an individual can keep from...
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Stranger Danger

For Teachers K - 2nd Standards
Assist scholars in making safe choices with a lesson all about strangers. After a discussion about instinct and what a stranger is, pupils listen to the story Ruby by Michael Emberley. Pairs work together to read a scenario and share how...
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The Conversation Box

For Teachers K - 6th Standards
Learners on the autism spectrum can have difficulty maintaining a two-way, reciprocal conversation. Support these students with the Conversation Box activity, in which they practice conversations with their peers using the prompts and...
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Conversation Visual Prompts

For Teachers K - 12th Standards
Help learners understand the importance and proper placement of non-verbal communication using these visual prompts. This set includes graphics to remind students to listen (ear), keep personal space (ruler), use the right facial...
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Growing and Changing

For Teachers Pre-K - K
Students practice interviewing skills. In this school newspaper instructional activity, students interview students in their school about what they want to be when they grow up. Students take pictures of the people they interview use the...
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Making Conversation

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Students develop their social skills to help them feel more apart of society. They practice initiating conversations and using common phrases. They also use small talk.
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ABC DETECTIVES

For Teachers 1st - 3rd
Students alphabetize words according to the first letter while pretending to be detectives with magnifying glasses. They also work on their social skills and character development when working with their teams and partners.
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Emotional Check-In/Out Worksheet

For Students 4th - 12th
Encourage learners to develop social skills and build awareness of their own emotions with these check-in and check-out tickets, which allow class members to choose from a list of options to identify and log how they are feeling at that...
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We Have a Dream

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Young scholars work as partners to study Dr. Martin Luther King's 'I Have a Dream' speech. In this African American history lesson, students work with their cross-grade partner to study, understand, and memorize the speech. Young...
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Communication: Gender Issues

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students participate in a instructional activity that investigates the different ways that people communicate. The roles of gender in communication is covered by using the book "Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus". They also write...
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Please Wait to Ask Questions

For Teachers Pre-K - Higher Ed
Learning to wait, though difficult, is an important social skill. Here are two cards that will help kids learn when it is okay to ask questions and when they must wait.
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Social & Emotional Learning in Elementary School: Social Awareness

For Teachers K - 5th Standards
Fourteen resources covering empathy, respect, diversity, and perspective-taking make up a collection designed to encourage social and emotional learning. Geared towards kindergarten through fifth grade, young scholars take part in lesson...
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Beach Bodies (In Spoken Word)

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
"But we're tired, and exhausted, from trying to be something we're not." Insecurity from body image can play a significant role in adolescence and into adulthood. Watch as two young poets tackle this issue head on through the creative...
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Mirroring Emotions

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Do you ever give your class the "teacher look"? Without saying a word, they become silent and engaged (hopefully). How do they know what you're thinking? Explore the concept of nonverbal communication and how it relates to our mirror...
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Ready, Set, Respond!

For Students 3rd - 8th Standards
When faced with a difficult situation, do you respond selfishly, face it head on, or ignore the problem? This game encourages learners to evaluate the wide range of reactions we can have to problematic situations, and how our responses...

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