Speak Up

3rd - 4th

Bring back some of your favorite kids for this lesson. Emerging speakers observe older learners making effective and ineffective oral presentations. They discuss each presentation and then prepare a speech of their own to deliver to the class.

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Instructional Design
4 days

Scientific Advances Could Bring Back the Dodo & Mammoth

Learners reflect on the possibility of bringing extinct species back to life.  In this ESL lesson, students debate the pros and cons of extinction reversal then complete several activities centered around the topic.

Choosing a Book That Interests Me: Seeking the Superhero Reader in Me

Selecting a "power book" and engaging in a structured class discussion are the learning targets for this fourth lesson in a larger unit. It is designed as a beginning of the year unit for establishing norms and routines in the classroom. The plan begins with third graders exploring the classroom library and related vocabulary. After all learners have chosen books a transition is made to a demonstration of the fishbowl strategy; in which older students, adult volunteers, or well-respected peers model strong speaking and listening skills. In the end, the class breaks in to small groups of four to five and uses established classroom norms to talk about why they chose their books. This plan is a well-structured and offers an academic way to approach introducing learners to their classroom library.

Language Arts Skills: Listening and Speaking Strategies

Your class can practice communicating clearly. They practice listening and speaking through games such asTelephone and a social scavenger hunt. This is a solid lesson that helps apply good communication skills.

The Present Is Perfect: Using Present Perfect Tense

Your developing language users rewrite 10 sentences by changing the underlined verbs to present perfect tense verbs with one of the helping verbs: have, has, or had. Resource contains explanatory material as well as a practice activity.

Simply Speaking

Emerging orators distinguish between effective and ineffective public speaking strategies. They read a text that fits in with a Native Americans unit and speak about the text with both ineffective and effective volume, tone, phrasing, eye contact, and gestures. It's a silly way to illustrate how important effective speaking skills are, and it will definitely get your kids interested in the lesson! 

Mapping Your Identity: A Back-To-School Ice Breaker

Identify the unique personal attributes of your class members. Begin by viewing the Visual Thesaurus and discussing displayed attributes associated with famous American leaders. Using these identity maps as models, pupils generate nouns and adjectives that describe themselves. They use these words to create a personal identity map to share with their classmates. Consider extending this lesson by having each learner write a haiku about themselves. 

Improve Public Speaking and Story Elements

Students develop their public speaking skills. In this public speaking lesson, students collaborate to write stories as their instructor walks them through the process. Students then present the stories before their classmates.

Class Ketchup

Students describe statistics by conducting a class cooking activity. In this ketchup lesson, students conduct a class survey based on ketchup consumption habits by students. Students utilize tomatoes, water and a bottle to create their own in class and create a graph based on the ketchup data.

Listening and Speaking Strategies

Everyone needs help being a good listener! Play a round of "Have You Ever?" with your youngsters, letting them walk around the room and find others who have or haven't done things on your self-created sheet. This game can get really exciting though, so make sure everyone is still being a good listener instead of racing around the room trying to finish their sheets. 

A Special Present

Students conduct an experiment to create a special gift. In this special gift lesson, students make a gift for someone using water, Epsom salt, essential oil and food coloring. Students can create a card to go with their present.

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