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Do you have a student with autism or other challenges that is so bound by rules that it interferes with his play and/or relationships with peers? Do you have students that are rigid thinkers, unable to take into account the feelings or perspectives of others? Do your students understand that social rules can vary according to situations and members? Do your students explode when there is a change in their schedule? Introduce them to rule-bound Robert and take them on Robert's journey as he learns to think flexibly in social situations. This packet includes a teaching story (color and black and white) and 10 extension activities. You can show the story on a smart board, laptop or I pad. You can also print off hard copies. Here's what is included:
An 12 page color teaching story about Robert and how his rule-bound behaviors and rigid thinking interfere with peer relationships and peer play. Ideas for how he can be more flexible with his peers are discussed. The same story is also included in black and white so you can send it home with students too.
Also included are these extension activities that cover some common IEP goals with elementary and middle school students and help with further understanding of the story:
Check out the blog post on this product: Flexible thinker or rock brain?
1. Robert and Rylan: how were they feeling? Help students use emotion vocabulary to describe how the characters in the story were feeling.
2. Flexible and rigid skull flip-flaps: 2 synonyms/antonyms,
3. "Flexible" 5 synonyms and 5 antonyms for the word "flexible" and sentence construction with this word.
4. Idioms about rules! Connect the idiom with it's actual meaning (answer key included),
5. Idioms about rules: construct sentences using the idioms.
6. Comprehension questions worksheet (explain idiom and T/F) Answer key included.
7. Critical thinking worksheet (idiom, main idea and personal connection).
8. Change rock brain sentences to flexible sentences.
*a thermometer graphic for students to use to self-rate their flexibility,
*quiz for students to take to determine if they may have rock-brain!
This packet can be used individually with students but it's wonderful for groups too because the extension activities cover important language goals too!
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