How to Answer the Doorbell

How to Answer the Doorbell is a special education activity designed for middle and high school students to improve their independent living skills. This step-by-step functional life skills resource uses clear and simple language to teach students how to respond appropriately when the doorbell rings. This interactive independent living skills activity will engage your students with age-appropriate activities, relatable dialog, and real-world scenarios.

Number of Pages: 9   File Format: PDF (color and black-and-white) Grade Levels: 7th – 12th, Adult Education, Homeschool


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  • In this independent living skills activity, students learn how to respond appropriately when a friend, family member, stranger, or familiar person rings their doorbell at home.
  • The resource covers safety precautions such as identifying visitors with a doorbell camera, peephole, or window.
  • Students will learn how to respond to strangers, a familiar person, unwelcome family members, and unexpected guests at the door.
  • It includes tips such as sample phrases to say to people at the door and a list of questions to consider before opening the door.
  • 18 Multiple-choice reading comprehension questions (answers included).
  • This activity can be part of a comprehensive independent living skills curriculum or a standalone aid.
  • This life skills activity contains step-by-step instructions, reading comprehension questions to reinforce learning and collect data, an answer key, age-appropriate graphics, real-world examples, and ideas for implementation.
Why Use

This resource is designed to help teens and adults develop independent living skills in various settings, such as home, school, work, or the community.

Intended User

This life skills resource can be used by parents, caregivers, special education teachers, therapists, clinicians, and coaches to promote independence in teens and adults.

Where to Use

This life skills resource is ideal for middle and high schools, at-home learning, life skills programs, one-on-one therapy, adult transition programs, social skills groups, adult day centers, and autism life skill centers.


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How to Answer the Doorbell
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