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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 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. 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.
Young scholars 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. Young scholars identify the gestures used by their family members and collaborate with their classmates to create a graph using their research.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Young scholars appreciate the value of nonverbal communication, focusing on the shaking or nodding of one's head, and the meanings attached to each activity in Bulgaria and in the United States. They explain how body language aids communication in the English language and in Bulgaria.
Students determine the procedures for making a persuasive speech. In this persuasive speech lesson, students discuss the skills that are needed to persuade someone. They examine proper body language, speech, and syntax for giving a persuasive speech before they deliver a six to eight minute speech on a topic from the list provided by the teacher.
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.
In this world cultures worksheet, students learn about cultural differences between people from different countries. Students read 12 short briefs about how people from different countries greet people, use body language, and talk in casual conversation. Then students ask and write down responses about cultural differences among people in the class.
Learners interpret canine verbal and non-verbal communication. For this dog communication lesson, students discuss dog communication through bark and body language. Learners study the 'reading canine body postures' worksheet and write simple sentences describing the behavior of each dog. Students discuss safety rules and make posters for their school about the topic.
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.