This social story is designed for students who have been taking teachers' belongings without permission. The PDF includes a link for an editable version of this story so that you can use your students' photos or change the text to fit your students' needs.
Everyone has belongings. Belongings are items that belong to someone. We get to decide if we want to share our belongings with others or not.
Teachers have belongings at school. Some belongings that teachers have at school are pens, purses, water bottles, and coffee mugs. Belongings like these are often on, behind, or beside their desk. I should always ask first before I touch something that is on or near my teacher’s desk.
Some of my teacher's belongings are in other parts of the room. No matter where my teacher's belongings are, if I want to use them or touch them I should ask first. Sometimes teachers will say yes, and then I can touch their belongings. Sometimes teachers will say no. This is okay. Teachers have some belongings that they don’t want kids to touch.
Different teachers have different types of belongings. The P.E. teacher has lots of sports equipment, the music teacher has lots of instruments, the art teacher has lots of art supplies, and the media teacher has lots of books.
Some teachers have fun things in their room like candy and toys. When teachers have candy, some days they might give me some, and some days they might not give me some. This is okay. The candy belongs to them, and they get to decide if they want to share it or not.
When teachers have toys, they might let me play with the toys during a break. When my break is over, I need to give the toys back so that other kids can play with them or so that I can play with the toys another day. It might be easier to stop playing with a toy if I say, “Goodbye, _____. See you next time!”
I might really like some of my teacher's belongings. If my teacher has something that I am really interested in like special art supplies or neat marbles or my favorite type of candy, I can ask my teacher if I can try to earn the item and then take it home or earn extra time with the item at school.
My teachers feel happy and proud of me when I respect their belongings, and I feel proud of myself!