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Lesson Plan: Communicating With Body Language
The Olmec were an ancient people native to Mexico who lived from 1000-500 BC. Young artists examine the Olmec piece Seated Figure to analyze the use of body language to communicate a tone or feeling. They then use clay or play-dough to create their own expressive sculpture.
K - 5th Visual & Performing Arts
Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are
Can changing your postures significantly alter the evolution of your life? Give your learners a valuable tool to face their next stressful evaluative situation, whether it be the lunchroom table or an important job interview. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy explores how non-verbals profoundly influence our own thoughts, feelings, and physiology; encouraging her audience to take powerful positions and to "fake it till you become it.
21 mins 9th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Job Search: Body Language During Job Interviews
This may be a short and simple lesson, but it is really quite important. Help your upper graders get ready for interviews, work place communication, and life. They role-play to see and show the differences between good and bad body language.
11th - 12th 21st Century Skills
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.
6th - 10th English Language Arts
Body Language in Presentations and Gerunds
What makes someone a good presenter? Designed for English language learners, this plan has learners read articles and discuss common body language while giving presentations. Consider also showing your class video presentations.
5th - 12th English Language Arts
Communication, Day 1: Non-Verbal Communication
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.
9th - 12th Special Education & Programs
A Guide to Getting Along: Listening
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.
K - 3rd English Language Arts
Enough to Make Your Head Spin
Students investigate the world of nonverbal communication by analyzing body language around the world. In this cultural communication activity, students research the Bulgarian language and how we could easily misinterpret their expressions.
3rd - 8th Social Studies & History
Communication, Day 2: Assertiveness
Having social skills and being able to assert yourself in a positive way is so important. Students with mild to moderate disabilities engage in a series of activities to practice assertive communication and social skills. Perfect for a secondary special education class learning how to be socially appropriate in a safe way.
9th - 12th Special Education & Programs
Life Skills for Vocational Success
Students observe as the teacher models both bad and good body language during a conversation. They try to identify whether the teacher has good or bad body language and then practice using good body language during different role-plays.
10th - 12th 21st Century Skills
Real Life, Your Life: Body Talk
Students discover how body language effects verbal communication. In this body language instructional activity, students watch a video clip, observing what is said and how the people act with their bodies. Students complete a worksheet to record their observations and then discuss their findings.
2nd - 5th Health
After a close study of the pastel drawing Waiting by Edgar Degas have the class imagine the story Degas may be telling through the body language and clothing of the people in the work of art. Your young writers then create a drawing depicting a time when they had to wait for something and compose a brief narrative based on this memory.
K - 2nd Visual & Performing Arts
Real Life, Your Life?
Young scholars examine how body language and verbal language can create positivity. In this body language lesson, students discuss a scenario in which body langauge could be used to enlist positive feelings. Young scholars come up with their own types of body language that could help create a positive feeling.
4th - 6th Health
Does your class need to talk about communication skills? Then use this presentation to go through the key components of communication. It's not all about talking, but also about listening. Of course, there is room for expanded discussions with the class by using what's here in the presentation as a jumping-off point.
6th - 12th Health
The Archer and the Sun
Students listen to The Archer and the Sun and participate in interdisciplinary activities related to the book. In this Archer and the Sun instructional activity, students discuss sun and weather and create a graph of the weather they like best- sunny or cloudy.
K Visual & Performing Arts
Discovering Perception: Conflict Resolutions
Students explore communication by participating in role-playing scenarios. In this conflict management lesson, students identify the main causes for disagreements and how body language and expressions can be read incorrectly. Students participate in a conflict role-play and practice defusing situations using new techniques.
3rd - 6th Health
Simple Acts - Learn to Say a Few Things in Another Language
Students use body language to create expressions. In this body language lesson plan, students record all the different languages they can say "hello" in. They work in groups to use their bodies to create frozen images of different expressions such as hello, lonely, and scared.
3rd - 5th English Language Arts