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SECOND STEP Middle School Program

Calm-Down Basket to deal with Anger. Draw an activity from the calm jar. 5 min books, 'mind jar' timer. Take 10 deep breaths. Close your eyes and imagine your favorite color. Think of a beautiful beach. Think of your favorite song. Shake the mind jar. Give Mama a hug. Pose like a tree. Drink a cup of water. Sit down and listen to music. Let’s read a story from the calm basket. Draw a picture of something calm. Play with the rice box! Do a puzzle. Draw a picture of your favorite ice cream.

Book uses a three-step approach to get a handle on frustration. (1) name it (why are you frustrated?); (2) tame it (self-regulation exercises such as deep breathing or visualization); (3) reframe it (change your thoughts to change your feelings).

Thoughtful blog posts about teaching respect.

Give kids a "Secret Service" mission. Tell them for 1 week, they have to do something for someone else without "blowing their cover." A fun, interactive way to get kids serving others.

Laminate and take on the go! Excellent! I'm a huge fan of the 5-point scale! Stress Scale | ConnectABILITY

Ipad, Iphone, Ipod Touch Apps to Teach Kids Social Skills

The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes. great for teaching that mistakes are ok...and how to learn from mistakes. So great for setting up a positive learning environment. Good for beginning of year