RULES & EXPECTATIONS
Review social rules/expectations, identify social roles in use, and practice social rules with this packet! Covered in this packet are 13 social rules that we are commonly expected to follow in daily life. Each rule is briefly described on individual task cards. Additional tasks cards depicting 10 simple scenarios and the conversation that results from each scenario are provided so that students can discuss what social rules the participants are following. Finally, 18 tasks cards provide a scenario that students are to role-play, along with some of the social rules and expectations they should follow while doing so.
Don't Sweat the Small Stuff contains activities to help students differentiate between the "big deals" and "not a big deals" in life. Activities include differentiating good from bad, differentiating "big deals" from "not a big deals", determining where to receive help based on the situation, and determining what to say based on the situation.
Please note, that this was developed with more mature, middle to high school grade students in mind. Topics covered include: drug/tobacco use, violence, family disputes, cheating, stealing, inappropriate electronics use, etc... in addition to more common problems such as fights between friends, being teased, etc... This is not meant for young or immature students. It is intended to help older students differentiate between problems in life that are truly serious and those that are not, as well as to help them learn how to handle a variety of situations.
FUNCTIONAL PROBLEM SOLVING
This packet contains 9 problem solving scenarios aimed at upper-elementary-middle school students plus a 6 step process for developing solutions to problems. The 6 steps are outlined on an anchor chart.
(1) identify the problem
(2) identify your goal
(3) come up with solutions
(4) pick the best solution
(5) decide if your solution worked
(6) try another solution, as needed
Each scenario is accompanied by 6 questions that guide students through this 6 step process.
Looking for quick social reasoning practice with your middle schooler? This packet includes10 brief school-related social situations written in 3rd person. Beneath each situation is 4 questions:
What is the problem?
How do you think _____ feels during this situation?
How did ______ react to this situation? Was it right or wrong?
How could _______ handle this situation better next time?
This activity includes 4 short scenarios that can be used with middle-schoolers to encourage using comparing and contrasting to make decisions. The scenarios are relevant to the middle school population in nature (choosing music for a school dance, choosing a Student Body President, choosing a computer for the school, and choosing a class trip). Each prompt includes the scenario, additional information to guide decision making, and descriptions for 2 choices for each prompt. Use this activity to specifically target comparing/contrasting and/or decision making OR to practice a myriad of other skills including problem solving/reasoning and information integration.