Saturday, May 30, 2015

Interrupting Chicken: A Social Skills Lesson

Last week one of our social skills lessons started with a read aloud of "Interrupting Chicken" by David Ezra Stein.

This is a great book to help children learn about controlling those impulsive moments of wanting to interrupt or blurt out during our whole group time.



We completed our read aloud, had a class discussion and then also completed some activities similar to those found at Happy Teacher, Happy Kids.

I can also be a little bit goofy and I want our social skills lessons to be fun, so the kids can really practice the skills and enjoy the results of prosocial behaviors.  Not just dread one more lesson with a bunch of rules that are hard for them to follow.  So as a result of my Pinterest addiction, I found a link to "Chicken Names" from Tilly's Nest and thought it would be fun to pair with this book.



The rules of the activity were pretty simple.  We were going to practice NOT being interrupting chickens.  If we could work on that, we could make a list of everyone's chicken name.  (I'm Yolko Scrambledore, by the way.)  It was fun.  One of the little girls in my class has the same birthday month as my assistant so she dubbed my assistant as her "Chicken Cousin."

There is also a YouTube video that has a read aloud.  I like to use the videos in addition to my read aloud because it gives my students one more way to access the text.




With a simple Google search, you can find many, many online resources and ideas that support this book.  These were just a few of the ones we used.




12 comments:

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Avery Ozier said...

Thank you for sharing! This looks like a great activity for such an important area!

Jackie Ankner-Jones said...

How often do you teach social skills? My school is implementing a social/emotional block for self-contained classes because our students really need to learn these skills. Are there any other books you recommend? Thank you!

Kindergarten Special Education Teacher
Bronx, NY

Michelle_special_ed_teacher said...

Hi Jackie,
Since my class is a self conatined special education class, I often have children that have emotional behavior disorders or autism. Often on the IEP's we have daily social skills lessons as a specialized service. So I do my social skills lessons every day, but I have heard of other classes who do them once a week or several times a week.

One of my favorite sites and the one that really got me started with literature based social skills lessons is the "CSEFEL" site (Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning). When you go to the site, click on the "Practical Strategies" section and then click on the "Book Nook.". There are lots of books and lesson plans to support them!

http://csefel.vanderbilt.edu

Good luck!
Michelle

Jackie Ankner-Jones said...

Thank you, Michelle! I will be teaching social skills everyday, like you.

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