GOAL: The students will be able to tell what a skills is and be able to list
step by step instructions to perform a skill, then apply this knowledge to a
skill they use at school. (this is a good lesson to introduce a unit on social
MATERIALS: PEANUT BUTTER, JELLY, SPOON, KNIFE, LOAF OF BREAD,
1. Ask the class, “What is a skill?” Brainstorm, then tell them, “A skill
is something that can be learned, and something that gets better
with practice. The more you do a skill, the better you will get.”
2. Brainstorm some skills that they have. Here, you will have to try to
get different categories, as most kids will focus on things like
basketball, football, soccer, etc.
3. Say, “Making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich is a skill. Is there
anyone here who can make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich?”
4. Choose a student (preferably someone impulsive who does not pay
attention to detail). Blindfold the student or put them in a place
where they cannot see what you are doing. Instruct the rest of the
class not to help them.
5. Follow the directions given by the student EXACTLY. Do not take
anything for granted. For example, if she says, “Put the peanut
butter on the bread.”, do exactly that-put the jar of peanut butter on
top of the loaf of bread.
6. Then, (after un-blindfolding), have the class brainstorm all steps.
List them on the board.
7. Discuss with the class how every step is important in a skill.
Transfer what you have learned to skills they will use at school,
such as listening, asking a question, taking “no” for an answer, etc.
8. As a follow up, you can make, quarter, and eat PBJ sandwiches.