Stories are the perfect way to teach social skills and introduce new concepts. This post focuses on 16-Week Social Skills Program that features silly monsters who explore and illustrate essential social skills topics.
Each story has 5 lessons included, plus a printable version of the book for your classroom library! No need to hunt down the book to match the lessons – it’s all included in this engaging K-2 curriculum.
Monster Social Skills Stories
My students love everything about monsters, whether they are scary or just silly! This set of read-aloud stories feature monsters who teach about social skills and behavioural expectations. The stories cover topics such as wearing masks, proper hand washing to stop germs, rules for distance learning, as well as self-regulation topics such as how to calm down and make wise choices.
The monsters also introduce topics such as respecting diversity in others and recognizing emotions as a building block of developing empathy. At the end of each book is a collection of yes/no questions to reinforce concepts and review the main ideas of the story.
Lesson Plans & Writing Templates
Each story includes a one-week lesson plan (5 lessons) that help students explore the social skills topic. Over the course of 80 lessons, students will enjoy anchor charts, journal templates, vocabulary words, partner plays, art projects, comics, mini-books, thinking question cards, game boards, posters, puppets, and more!
Social Skills Topics
There is a whole program of social skills topics that are highly relevant for the primary classroom.
You can also look at each unit individually, or in smaller bundles below:
BUNDLE 1 (click HERE to see the whole bundle)
1. How Monsters Show Emotions (identifying expressions)
2. How Monsters Learn At Home (Distance Learning Rules)
3. How Monsters Stop Germs From Spreading (hand washing, etc.)
4. How Monsters Calm Down (calm down strategies)
5. How Monsters Respect Diversity (celebrating differences)
6. How Monsters Wear Masks (proper ways to wear masks) FREE!
BUNDLE 2 (Click HERE to see the whole bundle)
7. How Monsters Spread Kindness (Examples and benefits of kind acts)
8. How Monsters Focus On Tasks (Concentration strategies)
9. How Monsters Say Sorry (When and how to apologize when you make a mistake)
10. How Monsters Have Manners (Importance of being polite)
11. How Monsters Solve Problems (8 actionable problem solving strategies)
BUNDLE 3 HERE to see the whole bundle!
12. How Monsters Have Personal Space (Respecting personal space)
13. How Monsters Persevere (The power of YET)
14. How Monsters Follow Rules (Following directions and class rules)
15. How Monsters Use Math Strategies (How math strategies help with frustration)
16. How Monsters Learn From Mistakes (Learning from mistakes)
Interactive Read Aloud Stories
For even more flexibility, these stories have recently been adapted to an interactive online platform called Boom Learning. Students can enjoy the stories on any device! (Note: These interactive audio versions of the stories are created on a completely different platform, and sold separately from the printable version with lessons.)
Students can click through the pages and listen to the AUDIO version of the story being read aloud, as well as silly voices for the monsters! Each story also has interactive, self-checking games or questions at the end to reinforce concepts and evaluate understanding.
Take a quick look and see if they are a good fit for your students! Click HERE to see the AUDIO bundle of 6 stories on BOOM Learning!
(You’ll see the FREE story about Monsters Wearing Masks in the list! (NOTE: You will need a FREE Boom Learning account to try complete stories.)
More Ways To Use Social Stories
Social Stories are great to use on their own, but there’s so much more you can do with them! For example, the resource below has 32 social stories, but also includes partner plays, teacher scripts, mini-books, printing pages, crafts, and more. Click the picture below for more information if this is something that might help in your classroom.
Bunny And Bear Social Stories
Another set of books that teach social skills are called Bunny and Bear Books. These stories feature two hilarious friends – a bunny and a bear – as they learn social skills relevant to school environments. Story topics include: Personal Space, Fire Drills, Spreading Germs, and Calm Down Strategies. You can see them all in the link below.
Would you like to download a Bunny And Bear story to share with your students or your own children? Bunny and Bear Book 4 – All About GERMS is available right now for free! You will get the entire book to either print or read as a PDF on your device. You will also get the complete workbook with a week or more of activities! Click the blue box below to have it sent right to your inbox.
You are welcome to share this story with your parents if you are teaching remotely. Posting publicly on websites or other online collections is not permitted. I hope you enjoy it!
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