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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (July 27 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0876284748
  • ISBN-13: 978-0876284742
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 2.1 x 27.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 816 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #148,908 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover

This resource is one of four books in the Social Skills Curriculum Activities Library, a practical series designed to help classroom teachers and specialists teach appropriate behavioral skills to students of all abilities, preschool through grade 12. The activities emphasize teaching young people to recognize the equal rights of others, independent of color, race, and religion, and develop their skill in using good judgment to resolve life's conflicts peacefully.
The complete Social Skills Curriculum Library provides over 250 classroom-tested lessons and activities in four distinct units, each tailored to the developmental needs of students at a particular grade level:
  • READY-TO-USE SOCIAL SKILLS LESSONS & ACTIVITIES FOR GRADES PreK-K
  • READY-TO-USE SOCIAL SKILLS LESSONS & ACTIVITIES FOR GRADES 1-3
  • READY-TO-USE SOCIAL SKILLS LESSONS & ACTIVITIES FOR GRADES 4-6
  • READY-TO-USE SOCIAL SKILLS LESSONS & ACTIVITIES FOR GRADES 7-12
For easy use, the activities in each grade-level unit follow a uniform format, including a descriptive title, a specific behavioral objective, and a simple eighth-step lesson plan that provides everything needed for an effective, well-balanced learning experience.

Each lesson covers:

  • Purpose: Need for teaching/learning the social skill, e.g. "Using Self-Control"
  • Introduction: Stories, films, 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 skills outside of school
  • Continuation: Suggestions for reinforcing the skill through the school year
And, as a further help, all of the practice worksheets are individually printed in a special format that folds flat for easy photocopying as many times as needed for individual or group use!

Each unit also includes an introduction to the curriculum and lesson format ... brief guidelines ... To the Teacher... for using the activities most effectively ... reproducible Task Review Cards for circle-time class discussions ... and a Family Training Booklet addressed to parents with suggestions for teaching social skills at home (units 1-3).

In short, the Social Skills Curriculum Activities Library gives teachers at all level a stimulating and systematic way to develop positive social behaviors in their students. The activities focus on real problem situations, and are readily adapted to any classroom or school-wide program, and can be easily enhanced with other strategies, models and interventions devised by the creative teacher.

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.

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By A Customer on April 19 1999
Format: Paperback
This is very user friendly and is set out in lessons with the objective listed, the need for the lesson, introduction, skill components, rehearsal of behavior or skill and then practice and continuation of skill. It has reproducable worksheets for most lessons. I am the parent of an autistic child. I have a legal background not an education teaching degree but this is layed out so it will be very easy to implement. It would also be a great assest for any classroom to promote classroom unity and awareness of others. This would also be helpful for Sunday school classes where the teachers are often local volunteers. I may go back and get the grade K-3 book as well.
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By A Customer on April 28 2002
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This book has been a life-saver for me as a new school counselor. It addresses many social skills issues which need to be addressed in the elementary school setting. It includes everything from how to make and keep friends, to anger, self-control and everything in between. Really a great resource!!
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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
A wonderful asset for any teacher or parent April 19 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is very user friendly and is set out in lessons with the objective listed, the need for the lesson, introduction, skill components, rehearsal of behavior or skill and then practice and continuation of skill. It has reproducable worksheets for most lessons. I am the parent of an autistic child. I have a legal background not an education teaching degree but this is layed out so it will be very easy to implement. It would also be a great assest for any classroom to promote classroom unity and awareness of others. This would also be helpful for Sunday school classes where the teachers are often local volunteers. I may go back and get the grade K-3 book as well.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Simply the Best! April 28 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book has been a life-saver for me as a new school counselor. It addresses many social skills issues which need to be addressed in the elementary school setting. It includes everything from how to make and keep friends, to anger, self-control and everything in between. Really a great resource!!
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
This book was disappointing Jan. 3 2007
By Kerry Bailey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The description said you could easily apply the skills and exercises at home, outside of the classroom environment, but it is clearly written for classroom use.

The author doesn't really explain what to do with each exercise either, it's seemed more like a list of suggestions or ideas than real activities. For instance they would say "come up with a story to show typical youngsters conflicting over a problem and give examples of how to resolve those problems without violence."

That's what I got the book for.... if I knew how to come up with scenerios like that and exercises on my own, I wouldn't need help.

I gove it 2 stars because there are a couple of worksheets included that do seem like they are useful practices, but other than that, this was a waste of money.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Valuable Resouce but... Nov. 11 2006
By TJ - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have used this book often in my social skills group for 6th graders. It is a good starting point but some of the material needs to be adjusted to be used with these students or simply to be more entertaining. I tend to use the information to introduce a topic, then use an activity or game, and then will use the reproducible worksheets as a review/post-test.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great Combo of Activities May 13 2007
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Haven't used this in practice yet, but I read through most of the activies. This book offers a lot of great social skills activities that are easy to incoroporate in the classroom or for school counselors. You can easily pick and choose activities that might be useful in your own group sessions or adapt activities to your group goals. It could be improved by including more last session/wrap up ideas for closure. It could also implement additional processing questions so the user doesn't have to think to much to create his or her own.


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