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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. Background information and images are included.
This may be a short and simple instructional activity, 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. The teacher models both then has the learners discuss why each "interview" style would be effective or not. They then role-play how one should carry themselves as they take directions in the workplace.
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. 
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."
Many developmentally disabled students struggle with accurately conveying messages and interpreting those of others around them, especially when they are non-verbal. This activity 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.
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.
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 activity may not be appropriate for completely non verbal or autistic students, it does involve strong eye contact and physical touch. Still, a great activity.
Learners discuss human feelings and body language and how they can convey what someone is feeling. In this empathy lesson plan, students draw pictures, make a mural, role play, and more.
Students discover how body language effects verbal communication.  In this body language lesson, 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. 
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 investigate the world of nonverbal communication by analyzing body language around the world.  In this cultural communication lesson, students research the Bulgarian language and how we could easily misinterpret their expressions.  Students identify the gestures used by their family members and collaborate with their classmates to create a graph using their research.
Students use body language to create expressions. In this body language lesson, 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. They talk about how difficult it is not to use words when expressing themselves.
Students are introduced to the topic of body language. Examining different cultures, they discover how emotions are shown by facial expressions and body mannerisms. They identify the use of mannerisms in different situations and discover they are universal.
Fourth graders participate in role plays in order to consider how they use body language and facial expressions to convey their feelings. For this nonverbal communication lesson, 4th graders discuss the importance of paying attention to the nonverbal language of others. Students are assigned an emotion to demonstrate in front of the class; classmates guess what emotion the student is portraying.
Students explore communication through physical expressions. In this body language lesson, students view a PowerPoint slide-show presentation of people demonstrating their happiness or unhappiness through their body language. Students identify which images seem friendly and which seem unfriendly while discussing the results with their classmates.
Students take pictures in different settings to demonstrate the importance and influence of body language. In this body language lesson plan, students use a camera and work in groups over a 5 week period.
Students study and explain that the alphabet is interrelated to words; how words when they are put together make a sentence, and how a lot of sentences put together write a letter to their Grandma.
Pupils investigate how body language influences relationships. They participate in demonstrations, complete worksheets, and perform role plays. They examine both positive and negative body language.
  Students examine the difference between certain types of body language and how it can effect people in certain situations.  For this body language lesson, students look at photographs to determine what type of body language is being displayed.   
In this online quiz worksheet, students answer a set of questions about the body language of horses. Answers may be submitted for review by clicking a link at the bottom of the page.

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