With the upcoming release of the new Star Wars: Episode VII this month, I was motivated to incorporate the theme into my social learning groups. We had a blast playing the new Star Wars R2-D2 is in Trouble Game. Before each player took a turn, they answered a Zones of Regulation® problem-solving question.
If you aren’t familiar with the Zones of Regulation, it is a wonderful curriculum by Leah Kuypers that provides strategies to teach students self-regulation. Please go to http://www.zonesofregulation.com/ for more information.
We read different scenarios and discussed what Zone the person is likely in, a calming strategy, the size of the problem, and how you could solve the problem. Of course, you could just play the Trouble game to practice taking turns, counting and handling disappointment. We also talked about different comments you could say during the game such as “Lucky!”, “Bummer.”, or “Bye-Bye” in a friendly teasing voice when you are sending a player back home.
Although the game itself may not be as sturdy as the original Trouble game, I do recommend getting it. The game has some very exciting features and a few new rules. There is a little R2D2 figure inside the pop bubble with the die and an electronic sound chip that makes several different R2D2 sounds each time you pop. My students loved the sound effects and the anticipation to see if R2-D2 is left standing as you get an extra turn. The game pieces have stickers you put on them, each color consisting of a different “team” of Star Wars characters.
The Zones just announced a new Zones App to come out this Spring! I can’t wait to use it. I love the first Zones of Regulation App. Here’s a video preview for the Exploring Emotions App:
Stay tuned for more Star Wars inspired Social Thinking® activities and May the Force be with You!
Group lesson was inspired by Social Thinking®, Superflex®, and The Incredible Flexible You™ curriculums by Michelle Garcia Winner, CCC-SLP and by The Zones of Regulation®, by Leah Kuypers, MA. The Zones of Regulation is a curriculum geared toward helping students gain skills in consciously regulating their actions, which in turn leads to increased control and problem solving abilities. Social Thinking® is a term coined by Michelle Garcia Winner and represents a coordinated teaching framework of curricula, vocabulary, teaching tools and strategies for individuals aged preschool through adults. Learn more at www.socialthinking.com.