My philosophy is to emphasize positive behaviors in the classroom instead of focusing on inappropriate behaviors.
In this lesson, you will find a letter to the parent. This letter will inform the parent of what their child is learning at school and how they can reinforce those skills at home.
A short story is provided. In this investigation, a girl named Bree, learns about personal space. Bree is a new girl at school and does not have many friends. When her classmates try to talk to her, Bree crowds them and gets too close.
There are three differentiated assessments. The first assessment has the student answering in sentences. If your student has the ability to write but has a difficult time writing a complete sentence, I suggest your student verbally dictating his answer to you. Your student could then copy their answer onto the paper. The second assessment is for students who are reluctant to write or have poor fine motor skills. This assessment has the student bubble their answer. If the student cannot read, go ahead and read the questions and answer choices to him. The third assessment is for the students to point to or circle a picture to show their answers or for a teacher or paraeducator to do hand-over-hand with the student.
In this lesson, your students will reenact the story. You can use the stick puppets provided in both color and black and white. Special thanks to www.mycutegraphics.com for the use of the graphics! There are puppets for all three characters in the story, and an alien just for fun. Have your students act out the story and expand on the story line. For example, how would you feel if someone was always in your space.
You can also act out the story using your students as the characters. There is also a poster for the rules of playing “Space Invaders”. Each student will need a hula hoop. If you don’t have enough hoops, divide your class into teams. Have them observe how others react when their classmates get too close. Remember that any rule can quickly be turned into a great social skills lesson for your class. Have fun with this lesson and make it meaningful!
I would love to hear from you. If you would like to share your thoughts, or how you incorporate social skills into your daily routine, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.