From the Back Cover
This resource is one of four books in the Social SkillsCurriculum Activities Library,
a practical series designed tohelp classroom teachers and specialists teach appropriatebehavioral skills to students of all abilities, preschool throughgrade 12. The activities emphasize teaching young people torecognize the equal rights of others, independent of color, race,and religion, and develop their skill in using good judgment toresolve life's conflicts peacefully.
The complete Social Skills Curriculum Library provides over 250classroom-tested lessons and activities in four distinct units,each tailored to the developmental needs of students at aparticular grade level:
- READY-TO-USE SOCIAL SKILLS LESSONS & ACTIVITIES FOR GRADESPreK-K
- READY-TO-USE SOCIAL SKILLS LESSONS & ACTIVITIES FOR GRADES1-3
- READY-TO-USE SOCIAL SKILLS LESSONS & ACTIVITIES FOR GRADES4-6
- READY-TO-USE SOCIAL SKILLS LESSONS & ACTIVITIES FOR GRADES7-12
For easy use, the activities in each grade-level unit follow auniform format, including a descriptive title, a specificbehavioral objective, and a simple eighth-step lesson plan thatprovides everything needed for an effective, well-balanced learningexperience.
Each lesson covers:
- Purpose: Need for teaching/learning the social skill,e.g. "Using Self-Control"
- Introduction: Stories, films, poems, and questions tomake the skill concrete
- Skill Components: Skill steps for teaching theappropriate behavior
- Modeling the Skill: Teacher and/or student demonstrationof the skill
- Behavioral Rehearsal: Student performance of the skillwith teacher correction if necessary
- Practice: Worksheets and other activities summarizingthe skill
- Independent Use: Activities to promote use of the skillsoutside of school
- Continuation: Suggestions for reinforcing the skillthrough the school year
And, as a further help, all of the practice worksheets areindividually printed in a special format that folds flat for easyphotocopying as many times as needed for individual or group use!
Each unit also includes an introduction to the curriculum andlesson format ... brief guidelines ... To the Teacher... for usingthe activities most effectively ... reproducible Task Review Cardsfor circle-time class discussions ... and a Family Training Bookletaddressed to parents with suggestions for teaching social skills athome (units 1-3).
In short, the Social Skills Curriculum Activities Librarygives teachers at all level a stimulating and systematic way todevelop positive social behaviors in their students. The activitiesfocus on real problem situations, and are readily adapted to anyclassroom or school-wide program, and can be easily enhanced withother strategies, models and interventions devised by the creativeteacher.
About the Author
Ruth W. Begun, M.S., is president of The Society for Prevention of Violence (SPV), a nonprofit organization founded in 1972 dedicated to reducing asocial behaviors in children and adults through education.