Students often need extra support when it comes to mastering social skills. That’s why we created TeachTown Social Skills. This comprehensive curriculum teaches socially-valid skills through animated video-modeling episodes, teacher-delivered lesson plans, and student activities. In the elementary domains, students follow the adventures of four fun, relatable animated characters as they learn to cooperate, listen, respect personal space, express emotions appropriately and more. Each target social skill is introduced and illustrated in a 2- to 3-minute animated episode and is part of a series of six days of lessons that include methods for differentiating instruction, generalization activities and homework assignments.
The middle school domains of TeachTown Social Skills focuses on increasing emotional intelligence and building self-management skills with modeling done with our elementary characters that have grown into middle schoolers. The program utilizes evidence-based practices such as Peer-Mediated Instruction and Intervention and visual supports to teach appropriate, positive social skills and replacement behaviors. Students practice the appropriate social skills in the school setting along with their peers, use interactive activities to build comprehension, and build their own social comics with the online Comic Strip Builder.
TEACHTOWN SOCIAL SKILLS ELEMENTARY DOMAINS TARGETS 5 KEY BEHAVIORAL DOMAINS
The social skills featured in TeachTown Social Skills are critical to students’ well being. These skills help optimize classroom learning and school safety for students with special needs and diagnosed with ASD. TeachTown Social Skills can help these students focus on building positive peer relationships. At a time when the issue of bullying has become such an important part of the conversation, this program can help students cope with bullies and lessen the likelihood that they will become bullies themselves. Integrated throughout each volume of TeachTown Social Skills are themes that help students build confidence, make good decisions, and become successful students — all of which contribute to creating a safe and secure school environment.
Each Target Social Skill Contains
- An animated episode that is 2-3 minutes in length
- 5 sequential teacher-driven lessons
- 1 extension activity lesson plan
- 1 homework assignment
- 1 comic book activity
- 1 worksheet
- Visual Supports
- Online Assessment
- Data Reporting/Data Forms
Five Elementary Behavioral Domains of TeachTown Social Skills:
- Ask Before Interrupting Play
- Be Still and Quiet in Line
- Follow Fire Drill Instructions
- Listen When the Teacher Talks
- Play by the Rules
- Raise Your Hand Before Speaking Out
- Sit When the Teacher Says
- Use a Quiet Voice Inside
- Use Lunchtime Manners
- Wait to Speak Until Called Upon
- Ask Before You Hug
- Be a Good Listener
- How to Join Friends During Playtime
- It’s More Fun to Share
- Look When Saying Goodbye
- Respect Personal Space
- Respond When You Are Greeted
- Say Why You’re Mad
- Sometimes Things Break by Accident
- Take Turns with Toys
- Ask an Adult for Help
- Be Nice When You Lose
- How to Cheer Yourself Up
- Know When to Take a Break
- Say Why You’re Sad
- Sometimes Friends Don’t Want to Play
- Speak Up for Yourself
- Stay Calm When the Schedule Changes
- Take Deep Breaths to Stay Calm
- Try Again When You Make a Mistake
- Make a Request
- Change Topics Politely
- Ask About Others Interests
- Wait to Enter a Conversation
- Initiating A Conversation
- How to Say No
- Apologize When You Make a Mistake
- Tell the Truth
- Continuing a Conversation
- How to End a Conversation
- Stay Positive
- Help Solve a Problem
- Ask a Friend for Help
- Including Others
- Helping Others
- Comfort Sad Friends
- Compliment Others
- Respect Differences
- Making Up After a Disagreement
- Thinking About Others
Day 1: Priming
Prepare students to learn the skill
Day 2: Introduction
Introduce animated video model
Day 3: Social Comic
Students create comic books and retell the story
Day 4: Perspective Taking
Guide students on taking the characters’ perspectives
Day 5: Generalization Lesson
Teach across environments, people and materials
Day 6: Extension Activity
Guide students in predicting and implementing alternate solutions
Each target social skill includes one Interactive Activity. This is an activity that the student can work on independently to improve their comprehension of the TeachTown Social Skills Elementary Domains episodes and their ability to make inferences about social situations. The Interactive activities are designed to supplement the teacher-driven lesson plans, and can be assigned as individual in-class activities or as homework.
The students will watch clips of the animated episode and will answer 5 multiple choice questions (interspersed between clips) about the target skill. Each response option is paired with a picture for visual support.
The questions and response options will be read aloud to them, so even students who are not fluent readers will be able to access this activity.
Data will be collected on their correct responses out of a possible 5 and reported. This allows teachers to use this activity for progress monitoring.
- Joining a Group
- Respecting Differences
- Respecting Personal Boundaries
- Understanding Different Relationships
- Friendship Qualities: Who is a Friend?
Domain 2: Interpersonal Skills
- How to Initiate a Conversation
- How to Leave a Conversation
- How to Greet Others
- Taking Turns in Conversations
- Interpreting Body Language
- Understanding the Perception of Others
Domain 3: Problem-Solving
- Asking for Help
- Finding a Compromise
- Working Together to Solve a Problem
- How to Respectfully Disagree
- Accepting Responsibility
- Handling Peer Pressure
Domain 4: Self-Awareness
- Staying Calm When Things Change
- Expressing and Responding to Anger
- Handling Frustration
- What to Do When You’re Worried
- Recognizing Your Strengths and Personal Qualities
Domain 5: Personal Care
- Dealing with Body Changes
- Managing Body Odor
Domain 6: Safety and Community Participation
- Social Media and Internet Safety
- Communicating via Text/Email
- Taking Safe and Appropriate “Selfies”
- Feeling Left Out
- How to Get Someone’s Attention
- Handling Bullying
- How to Stick Up for Yourself
- Covering Your Mouth to Cough or Sneeze
- Keeping a Clean Appearance
- Following Directions
- Following Signs and Community Rules
- Each target social skill includes one Interactive Activity. This is an activity that the student can work on independently to improve their comprehension of the TeachTown Middle School Social Skills episodes and ability to make inferences about social situations. The Interactive activities are designed to supplement the teacher-driven lesson plans, and can be assigned as individual in-class activities or as homework.
- The students will watch clips of the animated episode and will answer 10 multiple choice questions (interspersed between clips) about the target skill.
– The questions and response options will be read aloud to them, so even students who are not fluent readers will be able to access this activity.
- Data will be collected on their correct responses out of a possible 10 and reported, allowing teachers to use this activity for progress monitoring.
- Students will be able to create their own social comic using the TeachTown scenes and characters. They will be able to add dialogue and will be able to save and print their comic strip.
- There is a 5-panel comic strip and a 3-panel comic strip available for students who have varying ability levels and needs.
- Prewriting worksheets are available for teachers to print and use with the students to help them “plan” their comic so that it follows the parts of a story (for an academic activity/extension).
– Students can also access the Comic Strip Builder “for fun”!