Ch 3: Social Skills Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

In this chapter are social skills lesson plans you can use to create or enhance your current curriculum. Boost your knowledge of public speaking, leadership, conflict resolution and more, then use lesson plans to develop your lessons.

Social Skills Lesson Plans - Chapter Summary

Social skills are important for individuals at any age. To help your students improve their social skills, take advantage of resources in this chapter that explore a variety of related concepts, including public speaking anxiety management, communication skills and refusal skills. Get reacquainted with these and other concepts, then take advantage of lesson plans that can enhance your curriculum. Topics covered in this chapter include:

  • The differences between public speaking and casual conversation
  • Strategies for managing anxiety for public speaking
  • Skills for refusing drugs
  • The definition of formal leadership
  • Conflict resolution skills for kids
  • The meaning and examples of communication skills

Review the lesson plans in any sequence and as often as you choose. All materials are accessible from your computer or mobile devices. This flexibility allows you to prepare your lessons on social skills any time, day or night.

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This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan outlines with relevant tools to make planning social skills lessons easy.

  • Find lesson plans for specific social skills topics you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your social skills class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Share the related social skills lessons for each lesson plan with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
  • Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important social skills concepts from the lessons.
  • Engage your students with relevant social skills-related activities, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.

45 Lessons in Chapter 3: Social Skills Lesson Plans
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How to Improve Social Skills

1. How to Improve Social Skills

We all struggle with social interactions and knowing what is or is not appropriate. This lesson offers tips for improving social skills. Improving our social skills can help to improve confidence and the quality of our relationships.

Social Skills Lesson Plan on Sharing

2. Social Skills Lesson Plan on Sharing

In this lesson plan, students will learn how to share. The teacher will engage the students in a read aloud, brainstorm ideas about what sharing does and doesn't look like, followed by a series of real-world application scenarios.

Social Skills Lesson Plan on Taking Turns

3. Social Skills Lesson Plan on Taking Turns

This lesson plan contains several activities to reinforce the concept of turn-taking. Activities include movement, art, and music, and they can stand alone or be adapted to tie in with your current curricular themes.

Social Skills Group Games & Activities

4. Social Skills Group Games & Activities

Teaching and developing social skills is an important aspect of being an educator. This lesson will provide you with several games and activities you can use in your classroom to help your students develop good social skills.

Personal Attitude Speech Ideas

5. Personal Attitude Speech Ideas

Providing students a chance to study how they can improve their personal attitude, can affect their success in interacting with others, improving their confidence, and increasing their courage. This lesson gives you topics for students' speeches.

Social Skills Activities for Teens

6. Social Skills Activities for Teens

Students grow into better friends when they are given solid lessons in how to communicate. This lesson offers three activities to help students develop three verbal and nonverbal social skills.

Social Skills Activities for Kids

7. Social Skills Activities for Kids

Social skills are important in every day life. Being able to interpret another person's non-verbal cues is a huge part of communication. This lesson offers activities, organized by age, for assisting students with practicing social skills.

Social Skills Activities for Adults

8. Social Skills Activities for Adults

Many adults need help developing social skills, and there is no shame in that. This lesson offers you some great activities to help adults understand what it means to be social.

Role Play Scenarios for Social Skills

9. Role Play Scenarios for Social Skills

Social skills come more easily to some students than to others. An effective way to teach proper social skills is through role playing. These ideas for role playing are designed to support effective social skills in students.

Manners Lesson Plan

10. Manners Lesson Plan

Are you working on teaching your students about good manners? With this lesson plan, you will be able to present your students with a lesson that outlines good manners to use in public, school, and other scenarios. After they've gotten the basics, students will discuss concepts before applying to a role-playing activity.

Good Manners: Lesson for Kids

11. Good Manners: Lesson for Kids

Using good manners is a skill that is extremely important to getting along with other people in society! In this lesson, identify ways to use good manners when you're out in public or around other people.

Social Skills Art Activities

12. Social Skills Art Activities

Art can be a great medium for promoting children's social skills. The activities in this lesson offer you some ideas for utilizing art to help children better understand themselves and each other.

Empathy Lesson Plan

13. Empathy Lesson Plan

This lesson plan prepares your class for understanding empathy and sympathy with two quizzes, class discussion topics and questions, as well as an activity.

What Is Empathy? - Definition & Examples

14. What Is Empathy? - Definition & Examples

Are you able to put yourself in other people's shoes and see things from their point of view? If so, you have empathy. Learn more about empathy, how it differs from sympathy, and how it is used in the field of psychology.

Empathy vs Sympathy

15. Empathy vs Sympathy

In this lesson, we'll talk about the difference between two words that are often confused in our everyday language: sympathy and empathy. We'll talk about how the psychologist Carl Rogers distinguished empathy from sympathy in psychotherapy.

Social Skills: Making Friends Lesson Plan

16. Social Skills: Making Friends Lesson Plan

This social skills lesson plan will help you teach your students about friendships. Students will watch a video that explains the three stages of friendship, discuss content, and apply learning with an activity and quiz.

The Stages of Friendship: Contact, Involvement & Close/Intimate

17. The Stages of Friendship: Contact, Involvement & Close/Intimate

Like other relationships, friendships go through certain stages. In this lesson, we'll look at the three major stages of friendship while also learning how communication works in each.

Eye Contact Activities to Improve Social Skills

18. Eye Contact Activities to Improve Social Skills

Making eye contact is an important part of social language. Many students with disabilities may need explicit practice and instruction to acquire this skill. Let's take a look at some of the ways teachers can help their students practice making eye contact.

Body Language Activities to Improve Social Skills

19. Body Language Activities to Improve Social Skills

Body language affects how we speak and how we accept others. So knowing how to interpret and use body language effectively is important. This lesson provides some tips and activities for students to improve their body language.

Activities for Teaching Kids Personal Space Skills

20. Activities for Teaching Kids Personal Space Skills

Teaching students to respect their own and one another's personal space is so important! This lesson offers you some activities that communicate this essential concept to your students.

What is a Social Skills Curriculum?

21. What is a Social Skills Curriculum?

In this lesson, we will look at some of the various topics and components of a comprehensive social skills curriculum, as well as lesson ideas to teach these skills.

Social Skills Programs for High School Students

22. Social Skills Programs for High School Students

In this lesson, we will look at some examples and descriptions of evidence-based programs designed to help high school students develop social skills.

Why Teach Social Skills?

23. Why Teach Social Skills?

In this lesson, we will discuss why is important to teach social skills to children. We will also discuss the long-term benefits of explicit and targeted social skills instruction across different theoretical perspectives.

The Importance of Presentation Skills in the Classroom

24. The Importance of Presentation Skills in the Classroom

Developing presentation skills in the classroom is important for improving communication and creating positive learning experiences. In this lesson, we'll explore effective presentation skills and why they are important for students to learn.

Introducing Yourself: Activities & Games for Kids

25. Introducing Yourself: Activities & Games for Kids

Helping kids introduce themselves in the school setting will build their confidence and sense of community. This lesson offers some games and activities to help with introductions.

Stop & Think Social Skills Lesson Plan

26. Stop & Think Social Skills Lesson Plan

Why is it important to stop and think before acting? This lesson plan explains the value of thinking before acting and its role in rational decision making. An activity challenges students to compare and contrast scenarios using a stop and think mentality.

Social Skills Lesson Plan for Elementary School

27. Social Skills Lesson Plan for Elementary School

This lesson plan helps elementary school children learn how to use communication and social skills, focusing on reaching out to others and engaging in social activities when they feel stress or frustration. Students will create a list of people and activities they can turn to when they feel upset.

Social Skills Lesson Plan for Adults

28. Social Skills Lesson Plan for Adults

This lesson plan emphasizes social skills and is appropriate for adults communicating with loved ones, friends, coworkers, or anyone else with whom one may need to have a difficult conversation.

Learning Social Skills Activities for Preschoolers

29. Learning Social Skills Activities for Preschoolers

Learning social skills is one of the main purposes of preschool. This lesson provides specific activities oriented toward teaching preschoolers different kinds of social skills.

Table Setting Lesson Plan

30. Table Setting Lesson Plan

With this lesson plan, your students will learn how to properly set a table, as well as why this is important. Your students will conduct instruction-following and group activities to practice and internalize this social skill.

Giving Compliments Lesson Plan for Elementary School

31. Giving Compliments Lesson Plan for Elementary School

This lesson plan will provide students with a discussion and activities that revolve around the importance of compliments and the use of them in our everyday lives. Students will practice both giving and receiving compliments in real-life scenarios.

Assertiveness Lesson Plan for Elementary School

32. Assertiveness Lesson Plan for Elementary School

After implementing this lesson plan on assertiveness, your elementary students will be able to describe assertive, aggressive, and passive responses to conflict using related vocabulary. They will then complete a vocabulary map.

Gossip Lesson Plan for Elementary School

33. Gossip Lesson Plan for Elementary School

This lesson plan outlines one way to approach the difficult topic of gossip with your elementary students. Students will watch a few videos, discuss what gossip is and how it makes them feel, and create a plan to end gossip in their classroom.

Parades Lesson Plan

34. Parades Lesson Plan

This lesson plan will teach your students about parades, as well as their cultural significance. They will also participate in a fun hands-on activity concerning parades that will reinforce new concepts.

Friendship Lesson Plan for Elementary School

35. Friendship Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Friendship seems like a simple concept for students to grasp; however, there are some key ideas that should be taught and understood in order to be a good friend, make a good friend, and keep a good friend. This lesson plan will cover different ideas to help teach students the characteristics of a good friend.

Social Skills Lesson Plan

36. Social Skills Lesson Plan

Use this Study.com lesson plan to teach your students about good social skills. Then use the powerful tool or role playing to allow students to practice and apply skills.

Trudy Ludwig's My Secret Bully Lesson Plan

37. Trudy Ludwig's My Secret Bully Lesson Plan

How do we teach students about bullying? In this lesson plan, students will learn what bullying is and how to prevent it. They will read 'My Secret Bully' by Trudy Ludwig and do an activity to reinforce learning.

Class Charter Lesson Plan

38. Class Charter Lesson Plan

This lesson plan will help teachers discuss rights and responsibilities of students and teachers. High school-age students will collaborate to identify their ideal learning environment, and then create a classroom charter to follow throughout the year.

Appreciation Lesson Plan

39. Appreciation Lesson Plan

Learn by doing. In this lesson plan, students will practice showing appreciation by acting out appreciative responses to scenarios. A text lesson and worksheet will ensure an academic understanding of related terms associated with the topic.

Table Manners for Kids Lesson Plan

40. Table Manners for Kids Lesson Plan

What does it mean to have good table manners? In this lesson plan, students will explore good table etiquette and create a skit demonstrating the differences between good table manners and bad.

Perspective Taking Activities for Kids

41. Perspective Taking Activities for Kids

It is natural for students to see the world from their own point of view. If you're looking for ways to help them better understand how other people think, try some of these perspective taking activities.

How Full Is Your Bucket Activities for Kids

42. How Full Is Your Bucket Activities for Kids

'How Full is Your Bucket? For Kids' by Tom Rath and Mary Reckmeyer teaches children how to show kindness toward one another. The book provides a powerful lesson that can be carried into the classroom.

Enemy Pie Activities for Kids

43. Enemy Pie Activities for Kids

Derek Munson's book, 'Enemy Pie,' is a clever story about a boy struggling to befriend the new kid on the block. He views this new boy as his enemy, but his dad helps him figure out how to rid himself of this new enemy.

Altruistic Behavior Activities

44. Altruistic Behavior Activities

This asset offers multiple activities designed to help your students explore altruism. The activities are hands-on, interactive and engaging, using active collaborative work as well as individual effort.

Introduction to Hospitality Lesson Plan

45. Introduction to Hospitality Lesson Plan

Teachers, this lesson plan provides valuable insight into the hospitality industry. Students will watch a video, answer discussion questions, and complete an activity.

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