Social Stories for School Assemblies

Instructor: Bethany Calderwood

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

Almost every school has assemblies, so students need to be prepared for them. In this lesson, you will find examples of social stories to use to help prepare your students for school assemblies.

An All-School Assembly? Not Again!

Maybe you enjoy a school assembly as a welcome change of pace from your typical school week. Or maybe you dread school assemblies, because you have one or two students who just can't handle them. Some teachers use social stories, brief descriptions of ordinary routines, to help their students prepare for situations like school assemblies. Social stories can be particularly helpful for students with social or emotional disabilities or speech-language delays. Whenever possible, be sure to tweak the details to most accurately reflect your school's routines, physical setting, and the content of specific assemblies you want to prepare for.

Social Stories for School Assemblies

Story One: There's an Assembly Today

When I get to school, my teacher tells me there will be an assembly today. The assembly is at 9:30. Usually we have math at 9:30, and math is my favorite subject.

I ask my teacher ''What about math?'' She tells me not to worry, we will do a little bit of math before the assembly and a little bit of math after the assembly. I guess that will be all right.

I ask my teacher ''Who will be there?'' She says the assembly will be for all the students in first, second and third grade. That is almost two hundred students - that's a lot!

I ask my teacher ''What will happen at the assembly?'' My teacher says there is a person coming to do a presentation about nutrition. There will be songs and some loud noises.

I think about what my teacher told me, and I decide that I will be ready for the school assembly. Maybe I will learn something new.

Story Two: How to Go to a School Assembly

When it is time for a school assembly, I put on my best large group behavior. First, I line up with my class. I know that when we get to the auditorium, we will sit down in the order we are standing. I don't get to pick my seat, and I don't complain. The auditorium has tricky folding seats that work best if I sit still.

Once we are in our seats, I wait calmly for the assembly to begin. I may talk quietly to my neighbor until someone on the stage tells us it is time to start. Then it is time to listen and learn. Usually, I need to be quiet during an assembly. Sometimes, though, it is ok to make noise if the people on stage say so. This is why I need to pay attention and know what is going on.

When the assembly is over, I stand up and follow my class out of the auditorium and back to our classroom.

Story Three: I Can Do It!

Going to school assemblies can be tricky, but I can do it!

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