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Making Friends, PreK–3

Making Friends, PreK–3
A Social Skills Program for Inclusive Settings

Second Edition

January 2011 | 232 pages | Corwin

Helping students develop healthy social skills is child's play

Research shows that a child's social and behavioral skills affect the development of cognitive and physical abilities. Set students on a path to success and have fun doing it with this newly retitled edition of the popular Wanna Play. The authors provide hundreds of activities that help children learn how to behave appropriately and make friends. Included are tools for teaching emotion regulation, team playing, and body safety to all children, making this resource ideal for use in inclusive settings. New features include:

  • A social interaction checklist for identifying learners' strengths and weaknesses
  • Teacher-friendly activities that can be used in small groups or with the whole class
  • A chapter on teaching emotions and communication skills

Students with social challenges benefit from direct instruction, and early intervention helps prevent behavior problems and pave the way to academic success. This hands-on guidebook gives teachers, counselors, behavior therapists, and caregivers a wealth of easily implemented and fun-filled ways to enhance children's skills in all areas of social interaction.

About the Authors
Introduction: Welcome to the Wanna Play Program
Guidelines for Curriculum Success
How to Use this Book
Social Interaction Checklist
Unit 1: Discovering Social Skills
Lesson 1.1: What Are Social Skills?  
Lesson 1.2: Making New Friends  
Lesson 1.3: Building Friendships  
Lesson 1.4: Relationships With Different Types of Friends  
Unit 2: Using Appropriate Eye Contact for Interaction
Lesson 2.1: What Is Eye Contact?  
Lesson 2.2: Looking to Talk  
Lesson 2.3: Looking to Listen  
Lesson 2.4: Looking to Learn  
Lesson 2.5: Interest in Others  
Unit 3: Social Skills for Interacting With Friends
Lesson 3.1: Fun With Friends  
Lesson 3.2: Sweet Words/ Kind Words  
Lesson 3.3: Safe Body/ Body Safety  
Lesson 3.4: Playing Together  
Unit 4: Appropriate Body Behavior
Lesson 4.1: Introduction to Body Awareness  
Lesson 4.2: Body Needs--Strengths and Weaknesses  
Lesson 4.3: Personal Play Space  
Lesson 4.4: Body Privacy  
Lesson 4.5: Modesty/Hygiene  
Lesson 4.6: Appropriate Bodies in Different Environments  
Unit 5: Appropriate Emotional Behavior
Lesson 5.1: What Are Emotions and How Do We Show Them?  
Lesson 5.2: Choosing How We React  
Lesson 5.3: Staying Calm When We Don't Get Along  
Lesson 5.4: Appropriate Ways of Sharing Our Emotions  
Unit 6: Appropriate Behavior in a Group
Lesson 6.1: Listening in a Group  
Lesson 6.2: Socializing With Peers in a Group  
Lesson 6.3: Learning in a Group  
Lesson 6.4: Following Directions in Groups  
Unit 7: Playing Games
Lesson 7.1: Sportsmanship/Cheering and Encouragement  
Lesson 7.2: Going First  
Lesson 7.3: Who Won?  
Lesson 7.4: Playing Friends' Games  
Lesson 7.5: Outside Games  
Lesson 7.6: Indoor Games  
Appendix A: Friendship Cards
Appendix B: Worksheets and Materials

"The overall attitude is fun, upbeat, and positive, as the guidelines stress the adults involved should be, and involves facilitated free play where the adult actively observes interactive play and looks for opportunities to offer prompts from the lessons and activities."

Building Blocks, A Special Needs Magazine, December 2011

Sample Materials & Chapters


Unit 1: Discovering Social Skills

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