Social Skills

These are the skills we need to interact with each other socially.  It includes nonverbal language as well as the spoken word.  Non verbal language includes things like  the expressions on our face, the tone and volume we use, and the body movements or proximity that we use when communicating.  It is the cues  we pick up from our listeners to know that they are listening  and understanding  what we say or maybe they need  a chance to talk or take a turn.   It involves  seeing the perspective of someone else and giving enough detail so that there is mutual understanding.   It’s speaking in a respectful way  or being able to repair hurt feelings if necessary.

A child can be intellectually gifted and still  have difficulties in this area.   A child that doesn’t have a good handle on these skills may have difficulty with peer interactions, be considered rude, or not communicate effectively with individuals or in a group.    They can be the most important skills needed to maintain friendships and employment later in life.

You may feel free to use any of the activities  for  children on your caseload, in your classrooms, or your individual child.  They are not meant to be  copied for commercial purposes or hijacked to another site.  I would rather you link here.

Pragmatic Language Goals and Objectives

  •  Cup pyramid:  a teamwork activity that builds communication and cooperation.                                  yarn tool
  • Who are you anyway? :  An activity that practices asking questions and using the information to draw a conclusion.
  •  Paper tower:   A teamwork activity that promotes cooperation and communication to accomplish a task.          . Cylinder paper tower
  • Tangram puzzles:  A teamwork activity that promotes problem solving, cooperation, and communication.  
  • Shamrock tanagram:  A puzzle for the month of March Leprachaun cartoon twist for expressions
  •  Barrier Game:  An activity that promotes perspective taking, positional vocabulary building, and accurate communication.
  • Eggs-actly trial set. barrier game using oval shapes.  single eggfree trial button
  • Full set of Eggs-actly cards at TPT     

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  •  Flexible brain jello recipe
  •  Role playing cards:  Real life scenarios for students to discuss or use when making skits.
  •  What do you say?:  Every day student situations.
  •   Jeopardy:  I use this game with my social language groups to make  students aware of the need for providing appropriate detail.  If questions do not contain appropriate detail there may be more than one answer for items in a category.

  •  Conversation Scaffold: A way to teach conversation skills within the structure of an activity.              Conversation strip 1
  •  Chutes and Marbles:  A teamwork activity that promotes communication and problem solving.  It promotes math/science concepts of slope and level.
  •  Previous command: This is a good warm up activity if you are doing language groups. There are written instructions connected to the title.  Unfortunately, the link to the free sample sound track in the instructions no longer works. However, here is a link to the the CD in case you want to investigate it further.  Music in motion: BODY JIVE CD
  • Crocodile Pass:   This activity encourages students to learn from mistakes and to move on.  It requires them to use their short term memory and make inferences to predict a pattern.  It also encourages using observation as a learning method.
  •  This activity was updated recently and 2 themed products were added.  It is ideal for a social gathering and the students won’t even know they are learning something. It is now in TPT as
  • Trial and Error Pass.

  • xploration of a brown bag:  An activity for exploration, problem solving, and seeing another perspective. It also forces students to think of descriptive words not connected with sight.
  •   Suction Cup Ball and Target:  This activity provides rehearsal for beginning a conversation, asking questions and answering questions on topic. It can be used as an ice breaker for a new group.
  •   Positive and Negative Statements:  Statements that can be sorted, and  used for discussion.
  •  It’s How you Say It:    I found that most of my social pragmatic cards did not have answers included.  I made these cards so that students could use them in small group activities  and would have an answer they could discuss.  Click on star for free sample cards.
  • free trial button  Click the button for 32  cards available at  TPT    
  •  Bad Thing, Good thing:  Cards that provide both perspectives for a given scenario. To down load  sample cards, click on the trial button
  • Click on the button to get the  32 cards  on TPT  for “Bad Thing Good Thing”
  • The size of the problem. Click  on  the  star  for  a free trial button
  • For the full set of 26 “Size of the Problem” cards at TPT click on the button.
  • Unexpected and Expected Task Cards, free sample
  • For the full set of 28 cards at TPT, click on the button

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One thought on “Social Skills

  1. Because social skills are so important to have to be able to interact one with another I think that it would be important for children to learn basic social skills at a young age. Like you said, social skills and intelligence in other areas are very independent. I think that some of the games that you have displayed here would be good options so that kids can gain the skills that they need. Another thing is that they would benefit from a lot of social interaction.

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