First Grade

First Grade Curriculum
 

 
“Second Step”
 
Overview: This program is a violence-prevention curriculum that is designed to help children learn pro-social skills and reduce impulsive-aggressive behavior.  To reach this end, the curriculum is built upon the following goals.

       1.  To increase children’s ability      
                a. identify others’ feelings.

                b. take others’ perspective.
                c. respond empathically to others.
      2.  To decrease impulsive and aggressive behaviors in children through:
                a. applying a problem-solving strategy to social conflict, and
                b. practicing behavioral social skills.
      3.   To decrease angry behavior in children through:
                a. recognizing angry feelings
                b. using anger-reduction techniques.
 
Unit I: Empathy Training        
 
Lesson 1: What is Second Step?
Objective(s):  
 

  1. Children will be able to provide rules of conduct for group discussions.
 
Lesson 2: Feelings
Objective(s): 
 
  1. Children will be able to:
    1. name feelings when presented with physical and verbal cues of these emotions.
    2. recognize physical and emotional similarities and differences between two children.
    3. recognize that others may have different feelings about the same situation.
    4. recognize that their feelings about a situation may change.
 
Lesson 3: Cause and Effect
Objective(s):           
 
  1. Children will be able to:
    1. predict how others will feel as a result of their or another’s actions.
    2. recognize that others may have different wants and dislikes.
    3. recognize that what a person wants or likes may change.
 
Lesson 4: Intent and Fairness
Objective(s):           
 
  1. Children will be able to:
    1. identify the difference between actions which are meant to happen (intentional) and actions which are accidental (unintentional.)
    2. begin to recognize the rights of others.
    3. offer a fair solution to a given problem.
 
Lesson 5: Listening and ‘I’ messages
Objective(s):           
 
  1. Children will be able to:
    1. demonstrate listening behavior.
    2. recognize when someone else is listening.
    3. give an ‘I’ message when communicating feelings to  another person.
    4. demonstrate caring/helping behavior.
 
Unit 2:  Impulse Control
 
Lesson 1: Slow Down! Stop and Think and Impulsivity:
Objective(s):
 
  1. Children will be able to:
    1. identify problems in a given situation.
    2. give examples of problems they might have had with other people.
    3. identify a problem using visual clues.
 
Lesson 2: Problem-Solving
Objective(s):
 
  1. Children will be able to:
    1. offer ideas and solutions for a given problem.
    2. evaluate solutions for consequences.
    3. choose an appropriate solution.
    4. role-play steps of asking to play.
    5. evaluate whether a given solution is working.
    6. list options for another solutions.
 
 
Lesson 3: What can We Do?
            Objective(s):
 
  1. Children will be able to:
    1. identify situations for sharing.
    2. identify situations that call for taking turns.
    3. Identify examples of appropriate trading.
    4. practice ignoring distractions.
    5. role-play appropriate solutions to problems.
 
UNIT 3:  Anger Control
 
Lesson 1: Am I Angry?
Objective(s):
 
  1. Children will be able to:
    1. recognize physical signs which indicate anger and give reasons for controlling anger.
    2. state signs they’ve noticed in themselves when angry.
 
Lesson 2: Self-Control Techniques
Objectives:
 
  1. Children will be able to:
    1. recall time-outs and hand symbol.
    2. demonstrate deep breathing and counting to take breaks.
    3. identify positive self-statements to reduce anger.
    4. state alternatives to fighting.
    5. identify coping skills for dealing with being called names and being teased.

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