Are You Ready to Play Outside? by Mo Williems
This resource uses the Elephant and Piggie book, Are You Ready to Play Outside to teach about problem solving. In this book Gerald and Piggie are excited to go outside but a rainy day seems to ruin all the fun. Gerald and Piggie have to think of what they can do to have fun even though it is raining. The characters provide facial and body expressions for many emotions, which most students can relate to. This book is also a great way to teach problem solving and compromising by showing there is often a solution that is not exactly what we want but close enough that everyone can have fun. This lesson plan walks students through how to think of and select compromises when we are playing with our friends.
Using children's books to teach social skills is an excellent way to engage students in topics they need to learn or practice. Many children’s books are easily available and often familiar to students. Most students (even older ones) enjoy stories read to them and are more motivated to learn the concepts than through direct teaching. Because stores are fun and pleasurable for many children, being read to feels like a leisure activity during class time. Students also tend to relate the emotions of the characters and can easily provide discussion into how they should think, feel, or act.
Make Delivering Social Emotional Learning Easy
This resource includes a 30-45 minute lesson plan and activities which is a perfect way to introduce stories during circle time, social emotional learning time, or even as a sub plan when you want to reinforce concepts already talked about. It is also designed to follow the concepts presented in the Second Step® Curriculum. This product has been granted permission from the publisher and is meant to align with the materials of the Second Step® curriculum. It is also perfect for social workers, counselors, or psychologists to reteach the Second Step® Curriculum concepts in small groups or individual sessions. It comes complete with a scripted lesson plan, connections to social emotional/common core standards, lesson teaching guides, and individual practice pages.
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A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Hi! I’m Hiedi, a school psychologist who has worked for 18 years with PreK-12th grade students who struggle with social emotional functioning in school settings. The teachers and students I create products for need fun and creative ways to address social emotional skills in classroom. My resources are all tested and tried so you get the best quality possible. I strive on getting feedback from teachers about how the students like the resources and adapt them to their needs.
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