Social Skill Practice with Google Slides Activities

This is the last post in the series on using Google Apps in your School Counseling program! Last week we talked about using {Google Apps for polling or voting activities,} and this week we’ll look at a simple way to address social skills. I’ll show you a fun way to get students thinking about appropriate ways to respond to peers and practice crafting statements and responses.
Use Google Slides activities to teach and practice conversational social skills in your school counseling program with individuals or small groups

Google Slides Social Skills Activity

For this activity, you’ll need to open Google Slides and insert “call out” speech bubbles. You can then add text boxes on top of the speech bubbles. Create statements regarding any situation your student needs help with. Then, create another text box on another speech bubble on which students can type their responses. Check out some pictures of this process below:
Add a “call out” speech bubble

 

Add text boxes on top of your speech bubbles
You can do so much with these! Add statements for any situation your student is struggling with: giving or accepting compliments, responding to constructive criticism, apologizing, and more. Then, you can simply open Google Slides on a computer or tablet and let your student type his or her responses directly in the text boxes. Here are a few examples:

 

 

 

{Another fun activity} helps students distinguish between appropriate and inappropriate responses. Students read a statements on an ice cream scoop (because ice cream makes everything fun!) and then read 3 potential responses. The students then select the appropriate, kind response and drag the ice cream scoop to the bowl.
I love {this activity} because it really gets students thinking about how their words sound to others. Some of the inappropriate/unkind statements included are things that students say regularly to one another, and {this activity} really helps them to see how those words might hurt someone else’s feelings. I made it in the same way {I described making sorting activities} on this post. {Check out this activity here}!

 

 

So there you have it: two fun, easy ways to engage students through technology to address social skills! Are you using Google Apps to build social skills with students in your school counseling program? I’d love to hear how you’re doing it! Let me know in the comments.
If you missed any of the posts in this series, {you can find them all here}!
Use Google Slides activities to teach and practice conversational social skills in your school counseling program with individuals or small groups

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