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Social Academic Instructional Group (SAIG) Curriculum

Elementary Lessons

These elementary SAIG (Social Academic Instructional Group) lessons are based on the circle format, revolve around restorative practices, and rely heavily on Skillstreaming. Each SAIG with a group of students should last nine weeks. There are two group themes: Classroom Survival Skills and Emotional Management Skills.

The lessons contain all resources, discussions, and activities needed to conduct the SAIG with your students. Schools are invited to download any of the lessons and adapt them to fit their needs. Lessons are divided by grade level bands with the topics varying by grade level.

A variety of sources and resources were used in the creation of these SAIG lessons. Skillstreaming Guides were a primary resource for the elementary lessons. We would highly recommend getting a copy of the guide for your age group. Each guide contains more than 100 pages of time-tested best practices. The information on effective use of modeling and role play is especially helpful.

Circle Highlights           staff trained in circle process

Each SAIG lesson is designed to be facilitated using community-building circle processes. Two articles –What are Circles? and Circles for SAIGs – should cover everything you need to know in order to do this.

Things to Consider

Following these “best practice” strategies will maximize the effectiveness of your SAIG.

Elementary Classroom Survival Lessons

PBIS refers to these as Academic Behavior Skills. Lessons are grouped according to grade level: K4-K5, grades 1-3, grades 4-5, and grades 6-8. Feel free to teach the lessons in any order that seems appropriate for the needs of your group. Each lesson is complete in itself. Some lessons may take more than one session to complete – especially if you choose to have each student design their own role play or if you choose to use the optional activities at the end of the lesson.

Classroom Survival Skills Grade K4-K5

Lesson 1: Listening

Listening Skill Card

Lesson 2: Asking a Question in Class

Asking a Question in Class Skill Card

Lesson 3: Asking for Help

Asking for Help Skill Card

Lesson 3 Resource: Who Should We Ask?

Lesson 4: Ignoring

Ignoring Skill Card

Lesson 5: Following Directions

Following Directions Skill Card
Lesson 5 Resource: Picture Alphabet Worksheet

Lesson 6: Trying When It Is Hard

Trying When It Is Hard Skill Card

Lesson 7: Interrupting

Interrupting Skill Card

Lesson 8: Waiting Your Turn

Waiting Your Turn Skill Card

Lesson 9: Dealing With Mistakes

Dealing With Mistakes Skill Card

Classroom Survival Skills Grades 1-3

Lesson 1: Listening
Listening Skill Card

Lesson 2: Asking for Help
Asking for Help Skill Card
Lesson 2 Resource: Mystery Pathways

Lesson 3Following Instructions
Following Directions Skill Card
Lesson 3 Resource: Campground

Lesson 4Completing Assignments
Completing Assignments Skill Card

 

Lesson 5: Contributing to Classroom Discussions
Contributing to Classroom Discussions Skill Card

Lesson 6Asking a Question
Asking a Question Skill Card

Lesson 7: Ignoring Distractions
Ignoring Distractions Skill Card

Lesson 8: Making Corrections
Making Corrections Skill Card

Lesson 9: Accepting Consequences
Accepting Consequences Skill Card

Classroom Survival Skills Grades 4-5

Lesson 1: Listening
Listening Skill Card

Lesson 2: Asking for Help
Asking for Help Skill Card
Lesson 2 Resource: Mystery Pathways

Lesson 3: Following Instructions
Following Instructions Skill Card
Lesson 3 Resource: Royal Castle Floor Plan

Lesson 4: Bringing Materials to Class
Bringing Materials to Class Skill Card

Lesson 5Completing Assignments
Completing Assignments Skill Card

Lesson 6Contributing to Classroom Discussions
Contributing to Classroom Discussions Skill Card

Lesson 7: Ignoring Distractions
Ignoring Distractions Skill Card

Lesson 8: Making Corrections
Making Corrections Skill Card

Lesson 9: Accepting Consequences
Accepting Consequences Skill Card

Classroom Survival Skills Grades 6-8

Lesson 1: Listening
Listening Skill Card

Lesson 2: Asking for Help
Asking for Help Skill Card
Lesson 2 Resource: Mystery Pathways

Lesson 3: Following Instructions
Following Instructions Skill Card
Lesson 3 Resource: Addition Squares
Lesson 3 Resource: 20 Circles

Lesson 4: Concentrating on a Task
Concentrating on a Task Skill Card

Lesson 5: Making a Decision
Making a Decision Skill Card

Lesson 6: Trying When It’s Hard
Trying When It’s Hard Skill Card

Lesson 7: Bringing Materials to Class
Bringing Materials to Class Skill Card

Lesson 8Ignoring Distractions
Ignoring Distractions Skill Card

Lesson 9Talking Assertively
Talking Assertively Skill Card

Elementary Emotional Management Lessons

PBIS refers to these as Problem-Solving Skills. Lessons are grouped according to grade level: K4-K5, grades 1-3, grades 4-5, and grades 6-8. Feel free to teach the lessons in any order that seems appropriate for the needs of your group. Each lesson is complete in itself. Some lessons may take more than one session to complete – especially if you choose to have each student design their own role play or if you choose to use the optional activities at the end of the lesson.

Emotional Management Grade K4-K5

Lesson 1: Knowing Your Feelings
Knowing Your Feelings Skill Card

Lesson 2: Feeling Left Out
Feeling Left Out Skill Card

Lesson 3: Deciding How Someone Feels
Deciding How Someone Feels Skill Card
Lesson 3 Resource: Feelings Bingo

Lesson 4: Dealing with Teasing
Dealing with Teasing Skill Card

Lesson 5: Dealing with Feeling Angry
Dealing with Feeling Angry Skill Card

Lesson 6: Accepting Consequences
Accepting Consequences Skill Card
Lesson 6 Resource: Memory Game Cards

Lesson 7: Relaxing
Relaxing Skill Card
Lesson 7 Resource: Guided Relaxing

Lesson 8: Dealing with Losing
Dealing With Losing Skill Card

Lesson 9: How to Make Yourself Better
How to Make Yourself Better Skill Card

Emotional Management Grade 1- 3

Lesson 1: Knowing Your Feelings
Knowing Your Feelings Skill Card
Lesson 1 Resource: On Monday When It Rained

Lesson 2: Expressing Your Feelings
Expressing Your Feelings Skill Card

Lesson 3: Recognizing Another’s Feelings
Recognizing Another’s Feelings Skill Card

Lesson 4: Staying Out of Fights
Staying Out of Fights Skill Card

Lesson 5: Cooling Off When Feeling Angry
Cooling Off When Feeling Angry Skill Card

Lesson 6: Thinking Smart When You Feel Angry
Thinking Smart When You Feel Angry Skill Card

Lesson 7: Dealing With an Accusation
Dealing With an Accusation Skill Card

Lesson 8: Relaxing
Relaxing Skill Card
Lesson 8 Resource: Guided Relaxing

Lesson 9: How To Make Yourself Feel Better
How To Make Yourself Feel Better Skill Card

Emotional Management Grade 4- 5

Lesson 1: Knowing Your Feelings
Knowing Your Feelings Skill Card

Lesson 2: Expressing Your Feelings
Expressing Your Feelings Skill Card

Lesson 3Recognizing Another’s Feelings
Recognizing Another’s Feelings Skill Card

Lesson 4: Staying Out of Fights
Staying Out of Fights Skill Card

Lesson 5Cooling Off When You Are Angry
Cooling Off When You Are Angry Skill Card

Lesson 6: Thinking Smart When You Are Angry
Thinking Smart When You Are Angry Skill Card

Lesson 7Dealing With An Accusation
Dealing With An Accusation Skill Card

Lesson 8: Relaxing
Relaxing Skill Card

Lesson 9: How To Make Yourself Feel Better
How To Make Yourself Feel Better Skill Card

Emotional Management Grade 6-8

Lesson 1: Knowing Your Feelings
Knowing Your Feelings Skill Card

Lesson 2: Expressing Your Feelings
Expressing Your Feelings Skill Card

Lesson 3: Understanding the Feelings of Others
Understanding the Feelings of Others Skill Card

Lesson 4Cooling Off When Angry
Cooling Off When Angry Skill Card

Lesson 5: Thinking Smart When You Feel Angry
Thinking Smart When You Feel Angry Skill Card

Lesson 6: Dealing With Embarrassment
Dealing With Embarrassment Skill Card

Lesson 7: Dealing With Accusations & Dealing With Fights
Dealing With Accusations Skill Card
Dealing With Fights Skill Card

Lesson 8: Relaxing
Relaxing Skill Card

Lesson 9How To Help Yourself Feel Better
How to Help Yourself Feel Better Skill Card

Elementary Attendance as a Responsible Behavior Lessons

Attendance K4-K5 Lessons

Lesson 1: Intro to Circles and Purpose

Lesson 2: Identifying Resources & Resource Mapping

Lesson 3: Sphere of Control

Lesson 4: Being Responsible

Lesson 5: Effects of Absenteeism

Lesson 6: Education and Professional Aspirations

Lesson 7: Getting Prepared

 

Optional Lessons:

Self-Advocacy

Self-Regulation

Anxiety

Hygiene

All Lessons

Attendance Grades 1-3

Lesson 1: Intro to Circles and Purpose

Lesson 2: Identifying Resources & Resource Mapping

Lesson 3: Sphere of Control

Lesson 4: Being Responsible

Lesson 5: Effects of Absenteeism

Lesson 6: Education and Professional Aspirations

Lesson 7: Getting Prepared

 

Optional Lessons:

Self-Advocacy

Self-Regulation

Anxiety

Hygiene

All Lessons

Attendance Grades 4-5

Lesson 1: Intro to Circles and Purpose

Lesson 2: Identifying Resources & Resource Mapping

Lesson 3: Sphere of Control

Lesson 4: Being Responsible

Lesson 5: Effects of Absenteeism

Lesson 6: Education and Professional Aspirations

Lesson 7: Getting Prepared

 

Optional Lessons:

Self-Advocacy

Self-Regulation

Anxiety

Hygiene

All Lessons

Attendance Grades 6-8

Lesson 1: Intro to Circles and Purpose

Lesson 2: Identifying Resources & Resource Mapping

Lesson 3: Sphere of Control

Lesson 4: Being Responsible

Lesson 5: Effects of Absenteeism

Lesson 6: Education and Professional Aspirations

Lesson 7: Getting Prepared

 

Optional Lessons:

Self-Advocacy (same as grades 4-5 lesson)

Self-Regulation

Anxiety

Hygiene

All Lessons

Supplemental Materials

Lesson 2 K4-K5: My Network Hand

Lesson 2 Grade 1-Grade 3 and Grade 4-5: Resource Web

Lesson 2 Grade 5-Grade 8: What's Your Reason

Lesson 3 All Grades: T-Chart Template

Lesson 4 All Grades: Snowman Activity

Lesson 5 All Grades: The Ripple Effect

Lesson 6 All Grades: Professional Aspiration Cards

Lesson 7 All Grades: Visual Schedule (A, B,C)

Lesson 7 Grade 6-Grade 8: My Countdown to School Schedule

Optional Lesson Self-Advocacy: My Network Hand

Optional Lesson Self-Regulation: Volcano

Optional Lesson Hygiene: Personal Care Plan

High School LessonsGroppi student assembly

These SAIG lessons are based on the circle format and revolve around restorative practices and other sources. Each SAIG with a group of students should last nine weeks, with each school selecting the lessons that will fit the needs of their students. The lessons contain all resources, discussions, and activities needed to conduct the SAIG with your students. Schools are invited to download any of the lessons and adapt them to fit their needs.

Progress Monitoring

All interventions must be progress monitored on an ongoing basis to monitor the student’s progress through the intervention and to determine if the intervention is meeting the needs of the student or if adjustments to the intervention must be made. Elementary students should be monitored on a daily basis directly by their classroom teacher. The classroom teacher will also meet with the student about his or her behaviors during that block of time in class. For middle school and high school SAIG, all schools will be monitoring on a weekly basis (students receive daily scores, but it is collected weekly). Each teacher will have a form for students in the SAIG. On a daily basis, the teachers must meet with the student about his or her behaviors in that class period.

The student then receives a 1, 2, or 3 around Be Safe, Be Respectful, and Be Responsible. Each week, scores will be recorded online for decision-making purposes.

Classroom Survival

Emotional Management

High School SAIG

Teachers’ Role

The classroom teachers have the most important role of any Tier 2 intervention. They are the ones actually administering the intervention to the student on a daily basis through their positive interactions with the students. Working together the student and the teacher set behavior goals and work toward them, with the teacher giving positive feedback on areas the student is doing well in and providing corrective feedback in those areas the student struggles with in his or her behavior.

Contacts

Student Performance and Improvement Director:

Dr. Melanie Stewart
Phone: 414-475-8751
Email: stewarmr@milwaukee.k12.wi.us

 

RtI/PBIS Supervisor:

Jon Jagemann 

Phone: 414-475-8645 
Email: jagemaj@milwaukee.k12.wi.us

All contacts

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