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Inclusive Communities—Activity

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Grades K-5

Members of a community share a common space, needs, and goals, and they cooperate with and are respectful of each other. In communities like the classroom community, it is especially important not to leave others out. This activity—which has been adapted from the K–5 Second Step Program—helps students learn how to share and be inclusive during group play.

In the Second Step Program problem-solving lessons, students learn what it feels like to be left out and how to invite others to join in. Discuss with your students what makes a community and the importance of cooperation and inclusiveness within a community.

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Directions

1. Ask your students:

What can we do in our classroom community when we notice that someone doesn’t have anyone to play with? (Invite that person to play.)

What are some things you can say to invite others to join in what you are doing? (Do you want to join us? Do you want to play? Come and play with us.)

2. Have students turn to a partner and practice inviting each other to play a game.

3. Then ask students:

How does it help our classroom community when we include each other in what we are doing? (It helps us all get along. It helps us cooperate. No one feels left out.)

This Academic Integration Activity is from Second Step: Skills for Social and Academic Success, Kindergarten, Unit 4: Problem Solving. This activity can be adapted for older grades by asking more complex questions.

 

Like this activity?

We’re adding more K-8 classroom activities to our Free Activities page all the time. They’re easy to find—just visit cfchildren.org/resources/free-activities/ for grade-specific, K-8 classroom activities that align with our Second Step Suite.


Learn more about social-emotional learning, research on the topic, and how it benefits students in the classroom, at home, and in their daily lives.