Recess Social Stories

Instructor: Bethany Calderwood

Bethany has taught special education in grades PK-5 and has a master's degree in special education.

Teachers often use social stories to teach students how to handle the various situations that arise during the school day. Recess is a good topic for social stories. In this lesson, you'll find some examples of social stories that teach about recess.

Unstructured Times

Recess is one of the least structured times of a student's day. For students who thrive on structure, this can cause confusion and even anxiety. You can prepare your students for what to expect on the playground using social stories, which are short scenarios that explain what can happen during a specific situation. Here are some examples of social stories you could use or adapt to teach your students about recess. Remember, you can personalize the stories to reflect your school's playground set-up and rules as well as your student's specific needs and preferences.

Social stories can teach students about how to behave during recess.

Social Stories for Recess

Story One: What Do I Do at Recess?

Recess is my favorite part of the day. Recess is at 11:45AM, right after lunch. At 11:12, my teacher tells everyone to get ready for lunch and recess. We get our lunch boxes, and if it is cold outside, we get out jackets. We have to take our jackets to lunch because we won't come back to the classroom before recess. We line up and walk to lunch, which starts at 11:15.

At 11:42, the lunch monitor rings the get-ready bell, and we clean up our lunches and put our jackets on. At 11:45, we line up and go outside for recess.

I like recess. I like to go on the slide and climb on the play structure. Sometimes I like to throw balls through the big basketball hoops with my friends. Other times I just like to run around the playground and get my energy out. My teacher says it is good to run outside because it will help me concentrate on my schoolwork when I come back in.

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