Looking to find Social Skills Worksheets for Kids to help you incorporate social emotional learning in your curriculum? These fantastic hands-on materials will help engage and motivate your students to practice being inclusive and kind.
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After trailing the internet for some ideas on how to teach social skills. I am currently in the process of using these ideas in incorporating social skills with my ESL bunch whilst teaching literacy etc.
The best way to incorporate these skills is to actually model positive social behavior at all times (no matter how hard this can be when student A is jumping up and down on the table and student B is throwing tantrums in the middle of your center activities) – it is so easy to lose our cool and it takes a matter of seconds. When I started teaching, I started with a Kindergarten class and I was really really tested!!
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Social Skills Worksheets for Kids
Social skills for kids are important for their personal development and also for the development of their social relationships.
A child who has good social skills is more likely to be accepted by peers, have a higher self-esteem, and be more successful in school and work.
In today’s society, good social skills are important to succeed in all aspects of life.
When putting together our lesson plans, we want to be sure that social skills are incorporated in a way that helps us infuse these skills while working on key learning areas too. The worksheets in this post will help provide you with ample opportunities and activities to enhance your lessons.
Best of all? They are mostly free!
Why do we need to teach social skills?
The role of social skills for kids is to enhance the ability of a child to interact with others and develop relationships. These are essential life skills that are important for success in school, work, and other aspects of life.
There are many benefits of social skills for kids activities. They help children learn how to take turns, share, be assertive without being aggressive and more. They also help children develop empathy and compassion which is important in the world we live in today.
Social skills for kids activities can be done at home or at school with peers or teachers. There are many activities that can be done such as playing games, reading books together, going on field trips, volunteering together and more!
So here are some ideas I have used in the past and some new ones which I have used recently. I hope you could use some of these with your students.
Picture Books to Teach Social Emotional Skills
Books for social skills kids can teach them the necessary skills to interact with others in a constructive manner.
Social skills are essential for children to develop and grow. They help them become better and more successful adults.
There are many books that offer advice on how to develop social skills in children, but here are some of the best-selling ones:
1) “Teaching Social Skills to Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder” by Karen L. Kratochwill, PhD
2) “The Social Skills Picture Book” by Dr. Kevin Dutton
Children’s Social Skills Books for the Classroom include:
Use some books by popular authors to demonstrate appropriate behavior. Dr. Seuss is a loved author – his books truly speak to the child’s heart.
These are my absolute favourites from Amazon!
Social Skills Activities Worksheets List
I will start with this super fun fun printable that encourages kids to accept losing and that it is a part of winning. This is from the Teaching Trove and it is a FREE download. Check it out HERE.
There’s something special about me. Encourage kids to discuss what is special about them. This will in turn help develop self-esteem and confidence skills.
Child anger management worksheets
These anger social story templates are perfect for any classroom and grade level! There are empty templates for you to add your own written story as well. Directing kids to appropriate behavior in social situations can be hard.
Have you had kids express more anger recently? It’s not because they actually like to be angry. It’s usually a result of something else they are lacking or need.
It’s important we help them manage this anger in a healthy way. Showing them what other positive things they can do to calm down and get back to that calm zone. Perhaps even talk about what is making them angry.
I recently made these anger social story templates for quite a number of my students, I can’t believe how much they worked. The template below, I just added to their binders.
Whenever they felt angry, we pulled out this binder page and they choose an action to take then drew how they felt after taking this action.
It was genius! I am always happy to help other parents and teachers navigate this difficult task of tackling healthy social emotional learning skills (which we do on a daily basis whether we realise it or not).
Just click on the image to go to the post and get your own templates.
This one is a simple one page handout which encourages children to write about themselves and hence increases their self-worth and motivation. This can be downloaded at the bottom of this post.
It is a part of my full social skills activity pack HERE.
This anchor chart is also a FREE anchor chart listed in the free pack above. I show courage when… Great to hang in the classroom and discuss ways in which children can show that they’re brave. Some examples are; standing up for others, helping others, saying the truth (even though it might hurt them) etc.
Help kids understand what showing courage means. Display this poster in the classroom or have them color in the black and white version of the poster!
Download this FREEBIE HERE.
Here is a list of MUST teach children’s skills in any classroom. I found this to be very helpful. It includes some classroom activities and ideas on how you can teach each one. Find the link to the post HERE.
Check out these 50 Goals for Social Skills to add to your IEPs!
Social Skills Worksheets for Kindergarten PDF
I love working on an inclusive environment in classrooms, especially between peers. Children learn by example, so showing them how they can be friends with others, how they can learn to cooperate with others is an essential component. Read all about friendship and what you can do if a child isn’t making friends right here.
This printable ‘ice cream’ worksheet activity gets students to write all about what makes a good friend. Get your copy by clicking the link ot the image below.
This next one is a great set of posters to encourage being friends and acceptance. This one is great for kindergarten, as the set of posters include several key vocabulary which kindergarten kids at that age are quite new to.
This is from Digital Divide and Conquer. Check out the FREE download HERE.
How do we encourage kids to give a compliment? WHy is this important? When we teach children to give and recieve compliments, we help them realise their worth and good qualities in their friend. This in turn blossoms into appreciation. Appreciating what is good in others and in yourself.
It’s a great way to build self-confidence skills in themselves and in others!
This one is a simple activity page where children write down compliments to their classmates and what they think they are good at. It can be found in the activity pack HERE.
Teaching peace is essential. Kids learn to keep the peace by watching others who are older than they are, like the teachers and the adults in their lives. Help them recognise how to keep the peace with actions, but also working on printables and crafts to maintain this knowledge enhances their learning.
Peace begins with me – also another printable which helps encourage children to think positively and value their classmates.
This adorable Peace Teaching Social Skills Book helps children understand the importance and meaning of peace. Download the printable book and use it with your students in class or at home!
To enhance social skills for elementary students, we need to incorporate lots of anchor charts and posters to help them be reminded of what they learned of everyday! Here’s a super cute anchor chart titled “when something is bugging me…” Which is a great way for kids to learn how to act when someone is not begin friendly to them or annoying them in some way.
This anchor chart is just adorable! I am not an artist (and quite frankly a 2-year-old can draw better than me) but I won’t image that this beetle would be so hard to draw up on a simple anchor chart. Find the link HERE.
If someone is annoying your kids or students, the best thing you can do is to tell them to stop. If they don’t listen, then it’s time to take action. You can tell an adult, or if the person is a family member, you can talk to them about it.
If your kids are old enough to understand what’s going on, you might want to talk with them about how they should respond when people are being mean or obnoxious. Explain that it’s not okay for anyone to be mean or hurtful and that they should always feel comfortable telling an adult when something like this happens.
This awesome poster is also a great one to use for when kids get annoyed with someone and how to behave. Download and use for FREE. The link is right HERE or click on the picture.
Social Skills Posters for the Classroom FREE
I hope that some of these ideas will be useful for you! Scroll down for some more behavior management videos.
More Kindergarten Social Skills Lesson Plans:
- 10 Best Kindness Bulletin Boards to Promote Social Skills
- Teaching Social Emotional Skills to Preschool: 10 Super Easy Books on Kindness
- How Social and Emotional Learning Interventions Can Save a Child’s Emotional Wellbeing
- Peace Teaching Social Skills Book! Hand Painting Fun!
- Social Story About Returning to School after Covid19
- Social Skills to Include in Your Homeschool
- Feelings Chart for Kids Benefits, Tips, and Printables
- Calm Down Snowman Kit Promote a Way to Help Kids Deal with Feelings!
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Highly Successful Strategies to Guide Children’s Behavior
This video shows teachers how they can successfully guide children’s behaviour right from the get go!
From the author: “See a diverse group of teachers use a variety of proven supportive guidance techniques to foster positive prosocial behavior and self regulation in the early childhood classroom. Classroom management and discipline are among the most challenging issues that teachers report.”
How to Calm Children Down in Minutes
I found this strategy SO USEFUL to use with kids! From the author: “Use this easy technique to relax and calm a group of children and prepare them to learn! Videos created by Cassie Stephens.”