Social Skills Lesson Plan for Students with ADHD

Instructor: Della McGuire

Della has been teaching secondary and adult education for over 20 years. She holds a BS in Sociology, MEd in Reading, and is ABD on the MComm in Storytelling.

This lesson plan addresses the need for social skills training for students with ADHD. Students will have fun performing facial expressions that represent emotions as they practice reading faces.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this lesson plan, students will be able to:

  • Recognize that ADHD impacts their ability to read nonverbal social cues, like facial expressions
  • Accurately identify a range of positive and negative emotional expressions in others
  • Effectively express a range of positive and negative emotions
  • Work collaboratively with others in pairs and small groups


30 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 5 topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly. (While this specifies 5th grade, this lesson could work for most students)


  • Anger
  • Fear
  • Joy
  • Sadness
  • Trust
  • Disgust
  • Surprise
  • Anticipation


  • Paper and pencil
  • White board and markers

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