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Five segements from Ken Burns' documentary series Prohibition, easily accessed on the PBS website, are at the center of a terrific short unit on the roots of America's ambivalent relationship with alcohol. Engage your secondary class with a discussion of proposed government regulation of personal behavior based on several examples provided. Then explore the roots of Prohibition through video excerpts, active listening practice, and an engaging, thought-provoking deliberation activity. A comprehensive resource that includes video note-taking and discussion questions, active listening guidelines, background information about six historic constituent groups that class members role play in the deliberation activity, and a bibliography with other useful resources. Take a weekend off from planning. With a resource as complete as this one; you've got Prohibition covered.
Second graders practice giving and following three-and four-step oral directions. They are explained that they are going to be given three- and four-step oral directions for them to follow. Students are told that you (teacher) are not going to repeat the steps. They review how to be an active listener.
Fourth graders create a chart or web to display qualities and characteristics of a good leader. They write a paragraph describing the qualities of a good Jamestown leader. Finally, 4th graders contribute to small group discussion about the candidates for leader while demonstrating active listening skills and seeking the ideas and opinions of others to agree upon and determine the most qualified leader for Jamestown.
Many developmentally disabled students struggle with accurately conveying messages and interpreting those of others around them, especially when they are non-verbal. This lesson contains fun activities and exercises, such as talking with their hands and reacting scenes, as well as great instructional support to practice these skills. Learners review body language and paraphrasing as tools for improving communication.
Sixth graders research ancient river civilizations for important events. In this award designing lesson, 6th graders create a graphic organizer with the events that most affected the society and then create an award for that society. Students complete a worksheet looking at each of the civilizations.
Here is an effective way to have your charges practice and model important listening skills. After a short review of effective active listening concepts, such as using body language, summarizing what the other person said, and asking questions, learners practice these skills through mock conversations with their classmates. An interesting idea, this lesson could have multiple uses in any classroom.
Students examine global issues from different perspectives. In this communication skills instructional activity, students participate in a classroom activity that requires them to take stances on issues and then consider the support of other perspectives regarding the issue.
Examine the three basic nutrients and their effects on the body. Fifth graders will research data to construct a bar graph and then demonstrate the relationship between malnutrition and food security. This is a very comprehensive resource with handouts and step-by-step instructions.
First graders investigate the characteristics of birds. In this compare and contrast lesson, 1st graders compare two different songs about birds. Students describe things birds need for survival and identify bird body parts. Students listen to music from The Carnival of Animals and discuss how it sounded and act out being a swan.
Improve communication skills by completing listening and speaking activities. Twelfth graders work in groups to create a speech about themselves. Students use a rubric as their guide for the speech and create quiz questions about their speeches for the class to take after their presentations.
Have your secondary special education class learn and practice effective communication skills. Both verbal and non-verbal communication is discussed and practiced. They communicate using body language, build listening skills, and discuss socially appropriate communication. This lesson may not be appropriate for completely non verbal or autistic students, it does involve strong eye contact and physical touch. Still, a great lesson.