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Recess Social Stories

The Gift of Gab
Grade Levels
2nd - 5th
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Do your students with social language difficulties want to play with friends at recess, but aren't sure how? With this social story, your students will learn how to play with friends at recess using this interactive social story and activity packet. The step by step layout of the social story will teach your students the seven basic steps to having a successful recess experience and it will provide targeted practice for the skills outlined in the social story.

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This resource has two main components:

  • The Social Story: The 8 page social story teaches seven basic steps to having a successful recess experience. The story features simple, easy to read language to improve understanding of the concepts being taught. There is also a space on each page for the student to draw a picture which helps him or her make a personal connection to the social story. The seven steps outlined in the story are:
    • Decide What You Want to Play
    • Decide Who to Play With
    • Ask to Play
    • Talk to Friends
    • Solving Disagreements
    • Playing Cooperatively
    • Leaving Politely

  • Companion Activities: There are 9 pages of activities designed to accompany the social story. Each activity gives the student a chance to practice the skills outlined in the story.
    • Check For Understanding: This is a simple quiz that reviews the social story.
    • Deciding What You Want to Play: This activity prompts students to make a chart of their favorite activities to play at recess.
    • Deciding Who to Play With: This activity has students make a list of their friends and why they like to play with them.
    • Ask to Play: There are two pages of activities for this skill. The first page gives scenarios and has the student decide if they need to ask to play. The second activity gives a scenario where the student will need to ask to play. For this activity, the student will tell an appropriate way to ask to have a turn.
    • Talk to Friends: This activity guides students through the process of thinking through potential conversation topics for preferred recess activities.
    • Solving Disagreements: This activity gives scenarios that depict conflicts the student might face at recess. The student is prompted to create a compromise that might solve the disagreement.
    • Leaving Politely: This page walks your student through the process of knowing when it is polite to leave an activity at recess. A scenario is provided and the student must decide when it would be polite to leave. The student must also give an example of what could be said to end the activity.
    • Recess Reflection: Designed to be used multiple times, this page has the student give examples of how he or she used the skills from the social story in real life.

If you are interested in this resource, I think you will also love my "How to Have A Conversation: Social Story Activity." Having a foundation in conversation skills will make it easier for students to participate in the "Talk to Friends" section of this resource.

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