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Use these lessons to teach critical social skills of communication and conversations to older kids, including understanding starting conversations, nonverbal cues, active listening, thinking before speaking, taking turns, staying on topic, cell phone manners, and more. This resource includes 10 core lessons, each with several activities for extended practice. A total of 52 activities are included! The entire unit focuses on how to help kids and young adults learn strong communication and conversation skills.
I've added a digital version for each lesson using Google Drive. You can access the entire unit (student pages only) and each individual lesson using Google Drive. Please note that educator plans are included separately.
Why Teach Social Skills
Social skills are the abilities and competencies we use to navigate the social world. These skills tell us how to act and what to say in particular social situations. With strong social skills, kids and young adults can more easily build friendships, get along with others, work collaboratively in groups, handle frustrations, and have an overall improved quality of life.
While some kids and young adults learn social skills just from observing and interacting with those around them, many do not. These kids might struggle to develop friendships, have difficulty working in partners or groups, experience challenges in following directions, act in ways perceived as rude or mean, or misread the social cues of others. To these youngsters, the social world is confusing and challenging. Some students who may struggle with social skills specifically include those with autism, ADHD, ODD, intellectual disabilities, and a variety of other needs.
How to Use
These lessons and activities would be an asset to educators who want to teach social skills to young adults. This resource includes 10 lessons, each with several activities for extended practice. A total of 52 activities are included! Depending on the time of your class or sessions, you may choose to split up the lessons into several days. Alternatively, you can select which activities best suit the needs of your students. It is helpful to first start by giving the pre-assessment. Then, go through each lesson in order to build on critical social skills. After all social skills lessons are completed, give the post-assessment to show students their growth in learning new skills!
Table of Contents
• Educator Guide
Lesson #1 Developing Communication Skills
• Activity 1: Our Communication Skills
• Activity 2: How Communication Skills Help Us
• Activity 3: Benefits of Communication
• Activity 4: Communicating With Others
Lesson #2 Nonverbal Communication
• Activity 1: Understanding Nonverbal Cues
• Activity 2: Body Language
• Activity 3: Body Language Task Cards
• Activity 4: Facial Expressions
• Activity 5: Facial Expressions Cards
• Activity 6: Tone and Volume
• Activity 7: Say It Cards
Lesson #3 Thinking Before You Speak
• Activity 1: How Our Words Impact Others
• Activity 2: Thinking of Others
• Activity 3: Using Self-Control
• Activity 4: Our Thought Bubbles
• Activity 5: Topics to Avoid
• Activity 6: Thinking and Speaking Cards
Lesson #4 Expressing Yourself
• Activity 1: Sharing Your Voice
• Activity 2: Our Thoughts and Opinions
• Activity 3: Using I-Statements
• Activity 4: Your Communication Style
• Activity 5: Speaking Up
• Activity 6: Disagreeing Respectfully
Lesson #5 Active Listening Skills
• Activity 1: Active Listening Skills
• Activity 2: Reflecting Emotions
• Activity 3: Visualize What Is Said
Lesson #6 Introductions and Small Talk
• Activity 1: Introductions and Greetings
• Activity 2: Understanding Small Talk
• Activity 3: Small Talk Practice
Lesson #7 Starting a Conversation
• Activity 1: Starting a Conversation
• Activity 2: Conversation Starters
• Activity 3: Our Strengths and Interests
• Activity 4: Finding Common Ground
• Activity 5: Staying Positive
• Activity 6: Conversation Starter Cards
Lesson #8 Keeping the Conversation Going
• Activity 1: Responding to Others
• Activity 2: Staying on Topic
• Activity 3: Taking Turns
• Activity 4: Showing Interest in Others
• Activity 5: Remembering Information
• Activity 6: Ending a Conversation
Lesson #9 Conversational Practice
• Activity 1: Conversation Review
• Activity 2: Conversation Topics
• Activity 3: Learning New Ideas
• Activity 4: Group Conversation
• Activity 5: Conversation Cards
Lesson #10 Texting and Social Media
• Activity 1: Cell Phone Manners
• Activity 2: No Cell Phone Zones
• Activity 3: Interpret the Text
• Activity 4: Think Before You Text
• Activity 5: A Post or Text Lasts Forever
• Activity 6: Texting vs. Face-to-Face
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Use these lessons to teach critical social skills to older learners. Units teach about basic interactions, managing emotions, and empathy and perspective-taking. Just some of the lessons target being respectful, following directions, accepting criticism, working with others, understanding emotions, dealing with anger, understanding perspectives, accepting different perspectives, flexible thinking, understanding social cues, developing empathy, using perspectives to resolve conflicts, and MUCH more. This resource includes 3 core units with 30 lessons, each with several activities for extended practice. A total of 142 activities are included!
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Disclaimer: These resources and materials are for supplementary support/education purposes and not intended as a replacement for counseling, education, or other necessary supports. Educators, parents, counselors, and others who utilize these materials are encouraged to seek out additional support, as needed.