Do Your Words Match Your Meaning?

Nonverbal communication is the focus of a lesson plan that explores the use of body language. First, an interactive feelings game familiarizes scholars with a variety of emotions. Then partners roleplay scenarios in which one acts out an emotion while the other guesses how they feel. An exit ticket tasks pupils to write a reflection on their personal feelings about nonverbal communication. 

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Have a mirror available for learners to look into as they speak to see how their expressions and body language changes 
  • Create a bulletin board that showcases several emotions—take pictures of pupils and label their expression with the corresponding emotion
  • Invite the school's counselor to attend the lesson and add their professional insight
Classroom Considerations
  • Some pupils may not feel comfortable communicating in front of others, be sure to create a welcoming environment 
  • Although the lesson is designed for a Special Education class, it can also be used with those in a general education setting 
Pros
  • Skills practiced benefit learners now and in the future 
  • Includes ways to differentiate instruction for all learners
  • Boosts listening and speaking skills
Cons
  • None