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Social skills are an important ingredient for school (and life) success. Create Partners in School accordion books to record the class’s key school success skills.
Some of the most important skills acquired in the school setting are ones that help everyone get along. They help make the classroom a great place for learning. Gather students in a central area of the classroom such as the reading rug. Ask them to think of things that successful students do. Make a list of appropriate responses on a class white board using Crayola Dry-Erase Markers.
Each week, ask students to select one of the ideas on their list to concentrate on. Determine three steps to take to succeed at this skill. For example, good listening might include 1) look at the person who is talking; 2) be quiet; and 3) think about what the person is saying. Discuss why each step is important for being a good listener.
Ask students to create a book to record ideas for working together. Here’s a new way to make a book. Fold a large rectangular paper in half so the long sides meet. Open the fold. Fold the paper in half again, this time bringing short sides together. Open the fold. Fold the short sides of the paper in to the center. Open the folds. Your paper has fold lines separating 8 rectangular areas (two rows of four rectangles).
Use Crayola® Scissors to cut along the long, center fold line (between the 2 rows of rectangles). Cut from one short side toward the other. STOP at the third short fold line so the last 2 rectangles remain connected. Bring the connected rectangles together. Then fold the remaining rectangles in and out to form an accordion book.
Hold the pages together. Cut small triangles from each side to form a person (like making a chain of paper dolls). Do not completely cut away any of the four sides of the book so the pages remain connected. Cut around the head, too. Open the book - there should be 10 partner pages, plus the front and back covers.
Have students use Crayola Erasable Colored Pencils to design the front partner page with a title and their names. Use one page in the book for each skill the class listed. Write the name of the skill and the steps for success with that skill. Encourage students to add personal, colorful designs around words.
Display books as reminders of the skills that will help with succeed in school!
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