Using children’s books to teach social skills is an excellent way to engage students in topics they need to learn or practice. Many children’s books are easily available and often familiar to students. Most students (even older ones) enjoy stories read to them and are more motivated to learn the concepts than through direct teaching. Because stories are fun and pleasurable for many children, being read to feels like a leisure activity during class time. Students also tend to relate the emotions of the characters and can easily provide discussion into how they should think, feel, or act.
Not sure where to start? I have created 30 minute lessons plans with supporting activities and worksheets to get you started. This is the perfect way to introduce stories during circle time, social emotional learning time, or even as a sub plan when you want to reinforce concepts already talked about. Each lesson is connected to Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and Illinois Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Standards. There are even student centered “I Can” targets to share with students so they can easily understand the purpose of the lesson.