Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Invasion of the Laicos: Social Aliens

I don't know about you, but finding social skills materials that are affordable, age-appropriate, and fun is SOOOOO difficult!  This is a material that I developed with some of my students in mind who all have various social goals.  Some students have difficulty in identifying the problem when given a situation.  Others work to provide appropriate solutions.  My older students have the routine answers down but struggle when it comes to conversing with others to solve a problem and come to a common decision that maintains their friendship long-term.  So I've enlisted the help of the Laicos (social spelled backwards... I'm clever like that!) Aliens.  

The premise is that these Laicos have come to Earth and are trying to fit in.  Students work at Level 1 or 2 to identify problems, provide solutions, rationalize solutions, provide wrong solutions, and act out the situation and solutions (for older students).  Students work to collect the Laicos by answering the target social questions... with a few planet, mothership, and enemy cards in the mix.


(For my blog readers, it was free this week to download and use, but has now expired.) 

After that time, or if you can chip in a few dollars, it can be purchased at my TpT store (click here). I ask that you only use it for your speech room and refer others to the store to download it.

Thanks and let me know how it works for you!

19 comments:

  1. This looks fantastic! How do we download the free copy?

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    1. You were just too quick for me Liz. I had to upload the doc to google and come back to do the link. Enjoy, let me know how it works for you and if you have any suggestions for it or other materials!!!

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  2. Nevermind I found it - After I commented it the link was visible... :)

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  3. I'm having trouble printing the game, each time I print it says "there were no pages selected to print" though I have...Any suggestions? Thank you!

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    1. I'm not sure about this... could be a computer or printer setting? I'll look into it.

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  4. I was so excited to see you post this activity. Two of my third graders are working on pragmatic language goals, and we have been spending time reading and discussing the book "How Humans Make Friends" by Loreen Leedy. This week they are going to make their own "books" - each student is going to draw their own illustration for pages they wrote based off the book such as "My alien friend and I greet each other" or "My alien friend and I like to spend time doing fun activities together" or "My alien friend and I know how to resolve a conflict". This activity is perfect to pair with our unintentional but very fun and motivating alien theme. Thank you!

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    1. Awesome! I love your idea... so many of my kiddos LOVE aliens!!!

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  5. Oh no! My copy won't print either! Were you able to figure out anything with Mallory's copy? It tells me the same message - this document could not be printed,no pages were selected! Hope you were able to figure out something!

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    1. I would try to download the PDF first (File --> Download) and either save or open. Then try to print it from that PDF file that you saved/opened. Let me know, never had a problem printing materials before. Hope that works!

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  6. Love it! Thanks so much for sharing:)

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  7. Love it!! I know I will use it often

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  8. how dO I access it on TPT? I did not see a link

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  9. I couldn't make it print at school, but am getting it printed at home. I don't know what the difference is, but at least it's working now! It looks great and I think my kids will enjoy it. Thanks so much for another creative, useful, fun tool for therapy!

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  10. This activity looks amazing! I know my kids would have a blast and I'm always looking for social language activities. This is definitely on my wish list!

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