Social Stories for Sharing

Instructor: Bethany Calderwood

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

Sharing can be very hard for students, especially young students. In this lesson there are some social stories you can use to help students learn about sharing.

Do I Have to Share?

How often do you tell a student to share? Is it hard for them to understand why they should share? One way to help them understand the concept of sharing is to use social stories, which are short stories that explain concepts using situations that students can understand and relate to, typically featuring a character positively exhibiting the desired skill. Carol Gray invented this concept in the early '90s, originally for autistic children, to help them them develop social interaction skills. In this lesson are social stories about sharing. You can use these with your students, or adapt them to the specific needs of your classroom.

Social Stories about Sharing

Story One: It's Mine!

My favorite book is called Corduroy. I read it every day. Yesterday, Sam came over to play. First we used blocks to see who could build the highest tower. Next we decided to read. Sam went to the bookshelf and picked up Corduroy and sat down to read it. I was mad.

'' Corduroy is my book! It's my favorite book!'' I yelled at Sam. Mom heard me and came to find out what was wrong. Mom said that books are for sharing. I can let Sam read my book, and when Sam is done, my book will still be mine. The book won't change because Sam read it. Also, sharing is what friends do.

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