This practical resource gives educators in grades K through 6/8 aflexible, ready-to-use curriculum focusing on a wide range ofcontemporary topics such as stimulant use, family relationships, dealing with anger, managing threatening situations, and crimerelated activities. Developed by a team of experience educators, the lessons are based on real situations I students' own lives thatinvolve dealing with feelings, self-esteem, peer pressure, andrespect for others. They help students build character, preparethem to recognize situations that could become violent, and teachthem the skills they need to handle conflicts in a non-violent andpeaceful manner. For easy use, the lessons follow a uniform format, including adescriptive title, a specific behavioral objective, and a simpleeight-step lesson plan that provides everything needed for aneffective, well-balances learning experience. Each lessonscovers: * Purpose: Need for teaching/learning the social skill, e.g."Choosing Friends Selectively." * Introduction: Stories and questions to make the skillconcrete. * Skill Components: Skill steps for teaching the appropriatebehavior. * Modeling the Skill: Teacher and/or student demonstration of theskill. * Behavioral Rehearsal: Student performance of the skill withteacher correction if necessary. * Practice: Worksheets and other activities summarizing theskill. * Independent Use: Activities to promote use of the skills outsideof school. * Continuation: Suggestions for reinforcing the skill through theschool year.