Unexpected and Expected Behavior Task Cards

Grade Levels
4th - 7th
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9 pages
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  1. The Social Skills Communication Bundle consists of 5 of my Social Communication Task Card Sets put into one bundle and discounted. I use these card sets when working on social communication skills with individuals and small groups. I recently updated these sets to include better clip art and more
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Unexpected and Expected Behavior cards are for students who are not aware that other people observe them and have thoughts about their actions. This may affect how they will be treated. People want to be with people they are comfortable with and have good thoughts about. They avoid those that don’t make them feel comfortable. Therefore being able to tell the difference between what is expected behavior and unexpected behavior can help when making and keeping friends. I created them to review actions with students for them to determine if they are expected or unexpected behaviors. The task cards are meant to be used with social skills training.

Answer blocks have been added recently to make this product a TPT Easel Activity. You can choose to use this new version in Easel, make your own version or make the original double-sided task cards.

The original cards are double sided with an unexpected behavior on one side and a matching expected behavior on the other side.

Students take turns drawing cards out, and placing them on the table. They then decided if the side facing up is an expected behavior or unexpected. They can talk about how the actions make them feel. If the unexpected is presented first, students can talk about what they think the expected behavior would be on the other side.

In this packet, there are 28 expected cards and 28 matching unexpected cards side by side. Print the cards out on card stock. Cut on the horizontal lines and fold back on the vertical line to make a double sided card. You can either glue them or laminate them shut. The cards are 2 ¼ inches by 3 ½ inches when folded.

I deliberately didn’t identify the sides. I put a box on each card so I could put a U or E in the box with my UV light pen and students can light the answer up. I also put a QR code for those who like that option. When scanned it will read expected or unexpected to correspond to the side. The QR code will activate from a computer display

The set is part of the Social Skills Bundle. Please consider purchasing the entire bundle.

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