ERIC Number: ED365740
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Second Step: A Violence-Prevention Curriculum. Grades 1-3, Second Edition. Teacher's Guide.
Committee for Children, Seattle, WA.
"Second Step," grades 1-3 is a curriculum designed to reduce impulsive and aggressive behavior in children aged 6 through 9 years, and increase their levels of social competence by teaching skills in empathy, impulse control, and anger management. This curriculum is part of the "Second Step" series which includes curricula for preschool/kindergarten and grades 4-5 and 6-8. It can be easily integrated into primary grade programs and is a companion to "Talking About Touching," a personal safety curriculum. While personal safety curricula teach children not to be victims, "Second Step" teaches them not to be victimizers. Because it targets skill deficits that put children at risk for violence, substance abuse, suicide, and dropping out of school, Second Step can be adopted as a basic skills curriculum for prevention education. The curriculum contains three units, one each on empathy training, impulse control, and anger management, and lessons include training in accepting and valuing differences. The curriculum makes available tools that have proven effective in teaching prosocial behavior to elementary school children. Take-home letters for parents describing class activities are included. Each lesson consists of a coded, 11" x 17" photo card accompanied by a story with discussion questions. Tapes and a video are available to complement these activities. An appendix lists an annotated bibliography of 76 children's books; books lesson-by-lesson; 45 resources for parents and teacher; additional activities; a guide to feelings; problem solving materials; anger management materials; and a lesson presentation evaluation. (Contains 43 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Behavior Patterns, Elementary School Curriculum, Elementary School Students, Empathy, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Interpersonal Competence, Prevention, Primary Education, Self Control, Social Cognition, Student Behavior, Teaching Guides, Training, Victimization, Violence
Committee for Children, 172 20th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122 ($225; volume discounts available. Price includes photo cards, film strips, video, and posters).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: Committee for Children, Seattle, WA.