I Just Don't Like the Sound of NO! Activity Guide for Teachers

Classroom Lesson Plans, Activities and Ideas for Teaching the Social Skills of "Accepting 'No' for an Answer" and "Disagreeing Appropriately"

Author: Julia Cook
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Teachers all know students who won't take "No" for an answer, who pester and whine for the things they want, or who get emotional and angry during disagreements with adults and peers.

In this companion guide to her picture book, I Just Don't Like the Sound of NO!, part of the BEST ME I Can Be! series, author Julia Cook has created 24 activities for students in grades K through 6 classrooms that teach the important social skills of how to “Accept ‘No’ for an Answer” and “How to Disagree Appropriately.” In addition to being challenging and entertaining, call upon students to use imagination, teamwork, and creativity to complete them. They also exercise children’s observation, reading, writing, thinking, and decision-making skills.

Some of the activities include Fit to Be Tied!, which helps children be more aware of the emotions that hearing the word “no” can trigger in them; the Say YES to NO Star Board, which publicly recognizes students in your classroom who have learned and demonstrated the skills of accepting “no” for an answer and disagreeing appropriately; and Ping Pong Ball-a-rama, which encourages students to learn and use the social skills by having them all work toward a group reward.

Each activity provides a list of materials when needed and teacher instructions. The activity guide also includes a digital content link for access to reproducible handouts, worksheets, and reward coupons. These skills are promoted in Well-Managed Schools as part of the Boys Town Education Model®. 32 pgs.

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Published by Boys Town Press

ISBN: 978-1-934490-27-3

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