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Activities, Games, and Lessons for Social Learning

1st Edition

A Practical Guide

Stern Center for Language and Learning
eISBN-13: 9781544362472

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In these games, the prize is success in school—and life.


Having good social skills doesn’t just affect classroom behavior—it’s the key to making learning stick. When students improve their self-regulation, social communication, and perspective-taking competencies, they are better prepared to challenge themselves academically, take on tough tasks, and collaborate with teachers and classmates to achieve real, lasting school success. And since these skills also improve life outside school, the benefits come full circle.


Designed for both explicit instruction and "learning by doing," this practical guide provides hands-on activities that are easily adapted into any curriculum and can be used in general education, special education, after-school settings, and in the home. The design of each game keeps kids engaged and motivated, while educators benefit from clear, thorough explanations that unpack the complexities of social learning. Other behind-the-scenes features include:

Evidence-based, teacher-tested lessons
Anecdotes and real-world examples


Links to relevant research


Expansion ideas for applying learned skills to broader situations


Templates and reproducibles for easy implementation

This curated collection of activities puts social-learning theory into practice, helping even the most challenging children develop the social skills necessary for real success in school—and beyond.

ISBNs 9781544362458, 9781544362458, 9781544362472, 1544362471
Language English
Number of Pages 168
Edition 1st