This activity was designed for students who struggle with social pragmatic skills. This lesson compares learning science through experimentation to learning social skills by trying out different social behaviors and making conclusions based on data and observations. Students will learn how to think about social skills, ask questions about social skills, make their own hypothesis about a social topic, test their hypothesis in 3 different settings across 3 different days, reflect on what they learned and share their results with others. Explicit instruction is provided to help students understand the purpose of the assignment and detailed instructions are given for how to conduct their social experiment. Detailed examples of topics and questions are given, and a sample experiment documentation is provided. You can copy the experiment documentation pages to conduct multiple experiments. Compile the students' experiments in a book for future reference to help other students build social skills!
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