A goal of all physical activity providers is to create a physically and emotionally safe and supportive environment; one in which children learn and have opportunities to practice positive social interactions. To achieve this goal, teaching social skills, not just during SPARK PE sessions, but school/program wide, is highly recommended.
There are two social skills per grade level in the SPARK PE K-2 program; a total of 12 from Kindergarten through 5th grade. It is recommended that teachers introduce a new social skill each semester (two per year). However, feel free to repeat and reinforce previously learned skills from any grade level. Teach these social skills in grades K-2 to help your students create a safe environment in PE and on the playground and prevent bullying.
Tips for Teachers
Provided by the SPARK PE K-2 Program. Click Here to learn more about SPARK K-2 PE.
1. Introduce the social skill
- Define/discuss the skill (e.g., kindness)
- Establish the need for the skill in society
- Introduce the T-Chart by asking group, “What might ‘Kindness’ sound like? What might it look like?” Be ready to offer several responses in each category.
- List student answers (with yours) on the chart. Post it and monitor their use of “Kindness.”
This should be asked after students have the opportunity to demonstrate they are kind during class.
- “Who was kind to someone today?”
- “How do you feel when someone is kind to you?”
- “We like smiles! Will you share a smile with a friend? When someone is kind to you, how does that make you feel?”
- “Everyone needs to know they are loved and cared for. How can you show others in our class YOU care about them?”
- “Will you remember to say please, excuse me, and thank you – share and take turns?”
- “When someone shares their beanbag, or invites you to join their group, how could you show your appreciation for them?”
- “Will you stay calm in a stressful situation? Can you avoid using bad language?”
Respect for Others/Equipment
- “Can you treat each person and our PE equipment with great care?”
|“Please and thank you”||Inviting someone to join you|
|“Excuse me”||Letting a person go first|
|“I’ll share my ball with you”||Passing to everyone|