Social Skills Lessons for Conversations Free Lessons

Grade Levels
5th - 10th
Resource Type
Formats Included
  • PDF
9 pages


Use these lessons to teach critical social skills of conversations to kids, including how to start a conversation, using conversation-starters, finding things in common with others, and keeping a conversation going. This resource includes four complete activities with an educator guide and lesson plan. These are a small sample of a paid resource and bundle that are listed below.

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.

Table of Contents

• Educator Guide

• Activity 1: Starting a Conversation

• Activity 2: Conversation Starters

• Activity 3: Finding Common Ground

• Activity 4: Conversation Task Cards

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{ Social Skills Lessons for Communication Skills }

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.

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{ Social Skills Lessons for Older Kids BUNDLE }

Use these lessons to teach critical social skills to older learners. Units teach about basic interactions, managing emotions, empathy and perspective-taking, and communication skills. 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 4 core units with 40 lessons, each with several activities for extended practice. A total of over 150 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.


Total Pages
9 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 hour
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