Nonverbal Communication Teacher Resources
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Shakespeare: Nonverbal and Verbal Communication
Define nonverbal communication and view "The Shakespeare Sessions" for examples of nonverbal communication. Groups read through the dialogue of a scene and assign appropriate gestures, movements, and mannerisms to events and characters. Use this lesson to explore the purpose and effects of dialogue.
Enough to Make Your Head Spin
Students 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.
Communication – The Total Impact of Your Message
Pupils explore the facets of verbal and nonverbal communication. In this conflict resolution lesson, students discover multicultural communication dynamics as they discuss the implications of gesture and tone. Pupils practice verbal and nonverbal forms of communication.
Enough to Make Your Head Spin
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.
Ninth graders discover the power of nonverbal communication. They identify positive and negative nonverbal communication, describe the different types of personal space, discuss the impact of non-verbal communication, and practice positive non-verbal communication.
Students observe a series of role plays by the teacher to illustrate how the body involuntarily shows how a person feels. They identify how certain skills are needed to develop and strengthen interpersonal relationships. Thus, students comprehend the effects of nonverbal communication.
What Did You Say?
Second graders role-play various situations in which they use verbal and non-verbal communication.
Enough To Make Your Head Spin
Students examine body language in the United States and Bulgaria. They also discover other forms of communication. They also examine a map of Bulgaria.
Students incorporate different disciplines into this lesson. In this science lesson, students investigate the use of communicating without words, and how it is different than communicating with words. They discuss the pros and cons of each type of communication.
FACS: Communication Games
Young scholars practice sending and receiving messages (nerf balls). They practice eye contact, focusing despite distractions, nonverbal communication, getting along with others, problem solving, and listening skills.
Actions May Speak Louder than Words
Seventh graders explore the concept of nonverbal communication and how it can be easily misunderstood. They play feelings charades they act out each card without speaking. Students complete Showing Feeling worksheet from How to Career Development Activities for Every Classroom.
The Human Animal
Students explore non-verbal communication. In this animal communication activity, students study body language and other forms of non-verbal communication. Students write a summary of their findings to discuss with the class. This activity includes multiple web-links, suggested readings, and extensions.
Native American Culture: The Light in the Forest
Seventh graders read the novel, The Light in the Forest. They work in groups to research and create artifacts for a Native American Living Museum. They complete a Powerpoint presentation of their virtual museum to classmates.
What Did You Say? Body Language in conducting and Psychological Conducting
Tenth graders discuss articulation and the ways that articulation affects music. Examples are completed using staccato and legato. On the second day, 10th graders repeat the lesson using accent, marcato, and tenuto. Students practice writing and playing these styles of playing.
Seventh graders locate and describe the area of a Mayan settlement. They define and give examples of nonverbal communication. They work together as a group to accomplish the goals.
Verbal Versus Nonverbal Communication
Young scholars create a multimedia presentation. They will complete a verbal versus non-verbal communication chart to create a multimedia presentation which will include the different types of communication strategies. Then answer a writing prompt where they describe the three things they think are most important to remember when using verbal and nonverbal communication.
Students explore communication and confidence issues. In this communication and confidence lesson plan, students discuss fear, stage fright, phobia's in relation to the planks of confidence. Students view a related film. Students explore listening skills. methods, and terms. Students identify forms of nonverbal communication and watch a Tom and Jerry cartoon to analyze nonverbal communication.
Talking With Our Hands
Students plan a short field trip on their school site to observe non-verbal communication.
Students discover how body language conveys how a person feels.
Students explore the concept of "love currency" through activities. They discuss the importance of quality communication skills as they relate to relationships. They color a picture representing how they, their families, and a friend show love.