What is the Social Express?
We’ve done all the work for you! Our high-quality, engaging webisodes teach foundational skills and positive behaviors through Social and Emotional Learning (SEL). From Preschoolers to Highschoolers, our research-based, animated, and interactive lessons encourage users to practice real-life social interactions in the comfort of the classroom. Teach your students how to engage in positive, meaningful social encounters and navigate through conflict with their peers, teachers, and families, both inside and outside of school. Children and young adults now have a safe environment to learn and practice the skills needed to help them develop meaningful relationships and successfully navigate in social climates.
Our robust curriculum offers both online and offline activities, and may be used with your choice of the computer, the iPad app, and interactive white boards.
Hop aboard the The Social Express® and build behaviors in the classroom to bring to the broader world!
Fun & Easy to Use!
Help Zack, Emma, Sam, and Katie conquer the social obstacles of the everyday student! Through engaging, interactive scenes and coping strategies, join along with these friends as they learn to effectively manage the emotional ups and downs of social interactions.
Develop the skills of: Attentive Listening, Conflict Resolution, Conversations, Critical Thinking, Group Participation, Non-Verbal Communication, Relationship Management, and Self-Management
EX: Unit Plan – Conversations
Download the PDF version of this sample curriculum here.
- Respond appropriately to others’ attempts at interaction
- Participate in and maintain conversations by providing comments that are on-topic
- Identify the meanings of idioms after reading a story that contains figurative language
- Introduce themselves/others appropriately to new people
- Lead conversations that stagnate back in track
- Make appropriate conversational topic shifts
- Describe common idioms and explain their purpose
- Terminate conversations by using appropriate behavior , vocal changes, and expressive language
- Demonstrate understanding of good conversation with others by listening and taking turns
- Display voice tone changes for varying audience members
- Indicate an understanding of terminating a conversation by using appropriate behavior, vocal changes and expressive language
- Clarify statements made in conversation or ask for clarification if needed
- Exemplify how to interrupt politely
- Show understanding and use of appropriate voice volume to match the appropriate setting
- Engage in conversational turn-taking with others through asking questions and making comments
- Ask clarifying questions when he/she doesn’t understand the use of figurative language
- Monitor & adjust your behavior when you’re with the group
- Talk about things that others enjoy to speaking about
- Words can have many diverse meanings
- **Character Sketch, Conversation Booklet, About Me, About My Friend, In My Opinion…, Making Connections, Reflections, Story Map and What Happened?
- Read a selection of Amelia Bedelia books by Peggy Parish; have students write and illustrate a list of “Amelia Bedelia-isms”
- Read The Cat’s Pajamas by Wallace Edwards; have students select an idiom and draw one picture to depict the literal meaning and one to depict the figurative meaning
- Have each student bring in a photo of them engaging in a social activity with a friend/family member. Share their photo with the class and write a paragraph (journal style) describing what is happening in the photo
- Have students read the Reader’s Theater Scriptwriting – Example* and create their own script, depicting conversational turn-taking and strategies for maintaining a conversation (i.e. making a comment, asking a question and giving a compliment)
Visual and Performing Arts
- Discuss the four main kinds of sentences: declarative, interrogative, imperative, and exclamatory. Role-play each sentence and have students decide which is best for ending a conversation
- **Reader’s Theater: Have students perform the script. Film and watch to have a discussion about body language and eye contact
How it Works
Animation is engaging for all ages! The Social Express® targets core deficit areas that stand in the way of school, social, and life success for children and young adults. This enables them to become more socially aware and competent individuals. Equipping children and young adults with the skills and behaviors necessary for appropriate social interaction competencies requires direct instruction. To successfully accomplish this, each facet of every skill must be broken down into small, easily digestible pieces.
The Social Express® addresses these areas of need by providing a highly interactive and visual presentation. Additionally, the program uses printable worksheets and a Digital Problem Solver, which allows for the application of learned skills outside of the teaching environment. The curriculum works on eight key target skills.
Why The Social Express?
As a safe, controlled, and familiar learning environment, The Social Express® provides an opportunity for users to become more socially competent in the classroom. This means students can have successful social interactions outside the classroom, in the schoolyard and beyond. Children who learn how to effectively manage and monitor their own emotions and social interactions are more likely to find higher levels of academic success, positive relationships with their peers, and personal emotional fulfillment .