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Social skills are an important ingredient for school (and life) success. Create Partners in School accordion books to record your class’s key school success skills.
Some of the most important skills you learn in school are the ones that help everyone get along. They make your classroom a great place for learning. What things do successful students do? Make a list with your classmates. Your list might include listen, follow directions, ask questions, and gather materials you need for learning.
Each week, choose one of the ideas on your list to concentrate on. With your teacher, decide on three steps it takes to succeed at the 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.
Create a book to record your 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 your book—you’ll have10 partner pages, plus the front and back covers.
Use Crayola Colored Pencils to design the front partner page with a title and your name. Use one page in the book for each skill your class listed. Write the name of the skill and the steps for success with that skill. Add your own colorful designs around your words.
Display your books as reminders of the skills that will help you succeed in school!
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