ERIC Number: ED365741
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Second Step: A Violence-Prevention Curriculum. Grades 4-5, Second Edition. Teacher's Guide.
Committee for Children, Seattle, WA.
"Second Step" is a curriculum designed to reduce impulsive and aggressive behavior in children aged 9 through 12 years, increasing their levels of social competence by teaching skills in empathy, impulse control, and anger management. This guide is part of the "Second Step" series, which includes curricula for preschool/kindergarten and grades 1-3 and 6-8. It is a companion to a personal safety curriculum that teaches children not to be victims, and takes a "second step" in primary prevention by teaching children not to become 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 components on similarities and differences between people, and accepting others. Each lesson consists of a coded, 11" x 17" photo card, a story, and discussion questions. Tapes and a video are available to complement these activities. Take-home letters are included to inform parents about class activities. An appendix contains: (1) a list of 61 children's books; (2) a list of 45 resources, including films; (3) additional activities; (4) a guide to feelings; (5) problem solving techniques; (6) what to do when you are angry; and (7) a lesson presentation evaluation. Contains 43 references. (SLD)
Descriptors: Aggression, Behavior Patterns, Elementary School Curriculum, Elementary School Students, Empathy, Grade 4, Grade 5, Intermediate Grades, Interpersonal Competence, Prevention, Self Control, Social Cognition, Student Behavior, Teaching Guides, Training, Victimization, Violence
Committee for Children, 172 20th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122 ($235; volume discounts available. Price includes photo cards, posters, film strips and video).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: Committee for Children, Seattle, WA.