When Friends Move and When I Move, 2 stories in 1:
Moving is an emotional process. When someone you love moves away or you must move away from someone you love, it hurts. It’s a time full of emotional highs and lows. This unit is designed to help a child work through the grief process that is accompanied by a huge transition and realize that distance doesn’t mean the friendship has to be done.
This unit includes:
★ When Friends Move Instructional Version
★ When Friends Move Personalized Version with fill-in-the-blanks
★ When I Move Instructional Version
★ When I Move Personalized Version with fill-in-the-blanks
★ Strategy poster for classroom wall, desk, locker, or to send home
★ Write a letter to your friend template
★ Draw how you feel
★ Express yourself
★ Reflection Journal
★ Teacher’s Guide to identifying the stages of grief in the stories and your student
Table of Contents:
Page 1: Unit Cover page
Page 2-15: When Friends Move Instructional Version
Page 16-29: When Friends Move Personalized Version
Page 30-43: When I Move Instructional Version
Page 44-57: When I Move Personalized Version
Page 58: Strategy posters
Page 59: Write a letter
Page 60: Draw how you feel
Page 61: Express yourself
Page 62-63: Reflection Journal
Page 64: Credits and Thanks
Moving Away: Teachers Guide
Recommendations for using this unit:
Format printer to landscape, print and put in sleeve protectors. Keep all your GreenHouse social stories a 3-ring binder. To save ink and space, print 4 pages on 1 page, then cut them out and staple them into a mini book.
Allow students to fill-in-the-blanks with their own thoughts and feelings then bring this version home so parents can see what strategies you are teaching and use the same verbiage at home.
Classroom wall poster:
post somewhere visible to remind your student even when you are not around or print 4/page, laminate, and use as a desk, cubby, or locker card. Send home for parents to use the same strategies.
Write a letter:
Use this cute template or give your student a blank piece of paper to write a note to the friend they miss.
Moving Away: Teacher’s Guide
Every child experiences grief in different ways and moves through the stages of grief in different ways. For many it’s a spiral process in which some kids will revisit certain stages depending on the triggers. Knowing which stage your student is in can help you know how to best help them cope and grow. This guide points out the parts of the story where the main character was experiencing grief. You can take the student back to those parts of the story and remind them that Kevin and Ivy felt that way too. Or just use it for your own personal reference. It’s important to remember that all kids react differently.
More SOCIAL STORIES:
→ Making New Friends
Social Story Unit: Making New Friends
→ Flexibility when Plans Change
Social Story: Flexibility When Plans Change - a complete unit
→ Making Mistakes
Social Story Unit: Monster Mistakes
→ Following the Rules
Social Story Unit: Following the Rules
→ Test Taking Anxiety
Social Story: Coping Strategies for Test Anxiety - a complete unit
→ Personal Space: 2 units in one
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