This social story is designed for students who are taking other students' belongings without asking. The PDF contains a link to an editable version of this story so you can add photos of your student or change the text to fit your student.
Everyone has belongings. Belongings are items that belong to someone.
Some belongings that kids have at school are pencils, notebooks, backpacks, coats, water bottles, and snacks from home.
It is okay for me to touch my own belongings because they belong to me. If I want to touch other kids’ belongings, I need to ask first. I can say:
“Can I see that?”
“Can I use that?
“Can I try that?”
Sometimes kids will say yes, and then I can touch their belongings. Sometimes kids will say no. This is okay. Some kids do not want other kids to touch their belongings.
Sometimes kids in my classroom leave their belongings on the floor. If I see something on the floor under or right next to a student’s desk, I can leave the item there. If I see something on the floor and I’m not sure who it belongs to, I can give it to the teacher. The teacher will keep the item safe, find out who the item belongs to, and return it to them.
I feel happy when kids respect my belongings, and other kids feel happy when I respect their belongings!