In my neighborhood, we used to have an ice cream social for all the kids when they got off the bus the last day of school (we also drenched them with Super soakers, but that’s a topic for another day)! These fun memories led me to create my new TPT social skills packet, “Ice Cream Social”. I made this packet with elementary students in mind, however, there are several templates that would allow you to modify and add questions/scenarios for older students too. I like to laminate the answer templates so I can write on them with erasable markers and use them in flexible ways with different ages/abilities. With Earth Day approaching, this is also a good way to save paper and trees!
What does this packet include? Over 25 pages of print and go materials to address:
-matching tone of voice to words/emotions
-identifying expected/unexpected behaviors
-ice cream themed books to extend expected/unexpected
-comparing good/better/best solutions
-Brain Freeze, a game for questions, comments and topic maintenance (is your brain in the group?*)
-identifying the size of a problem
-fact vs. opinion
As the end of the school year starts to approach, this is a tasty theme to explore social language skills and concepts with your students! It has some figurative language sprinkled in (hint: look at the titles of each activity), and can be used as a fun way to look for generalization of the skills your student is working on outside of your therapy room.
How could you generalize this? You could extend the activities in this packet and collaborate with your general education teachers and families. Print and laminate pieces of an ice cream cone or sundae and have the teachers (or parents) give your student a piece when they “catch” them using the targeted skills in class or at home. It’s a good way to open up a dialogue about what social skills you are working on with the kids and how they can help carryover these skills. When your students collect all the pieces, you can have a ‘Popsicle party’ or ‘sundae fun day’ to celebrate!! Your classroom teachers may even decide to generalize the social language skills with ALL of their students! Now THAT would really be the cherry on top 🙂
* “Keeping your brain in the group” is a concept from Think Social materials by Michelle Garcia Winner.