Goal: To improve initial social skills
Objective(s): The student will smile in response to communicative attempts of others, either verbal or nonverbal, when appropriate.
1. Listen or watch for verbal or nonverbal greeting.
2. Observe and think about the person's intention.
3. Smile, if appropriate.
Definition: Smiling shows you like someone or are having fun.
Rationale: Would you rather spend time with someone who was smiling or someone who looked grouchy?
How do you react when someone smiles at you? ... when someone frowns at you? ...which do you like more?
Have students give examples of when it's appropriate to smile and when it's not.
Model/Role-play with Feedback
Students draw smile faces on paper and apply to craft stick. Use prop to (smile).
Video - Positive and negative examples (Walker and et al, 1988, Accepts, p. 81)
Teacher uses smile on craft stick (mentioned above) to prompt children to smile.
Role play situations:
A friend gives you a flower.
Your teacher says, "Good morning".
A neighbor invites you out to play.
A new student smiles at you.
A team asks you to join them.
It's cold, and your friend offers you some hot chocolate.
You're at the park, and a person your own age walks by and smiles.
You are with your friends, eating ice cream, having a great time.
You're on the bus and a friend sits by you.
A friend hits a home run and your team wins!
Someone tells you a funny joke.
Application with feedback
Give students a list of situations. They indicate whether or not it would be appropriate to smile.
Gym teacher, etc., has checklist to fill out when initially seeing student to report their smile response.
Have students smile at someone at recess or lunch, then have them report to the class what happens.
Have someone bring in an infant, which should prompt students to smile.
Teacher monitors students as they enter classroom.
Social Skills Curriculum Guide, 1992
Special School District of St. Louis County