Reading Body Language

Author Gwendolyn Szymkowicz
Grade Level K-2,3-5

Lesson Plan Description
Social skills lesson on recognizing body language, how to use it, and how to respond. Lesson can be as short as 15 minutes, or can be expanded to 30. Specific emotions and reactions can be addressed each day for a week.

Primary Learning Objective(s):
Students will learn about body language: what it is and how it affects communication. They will be able to recognize specific emotions by looking at pictures, and learn to react appropriately. The students will be able to identify emotions through facial expressions, match words to the pictures, and express an appropriate response.

Additional Learning Objective(s):
Students will learn what an appropriate response is. They will learn to become more focused on their own body language, and become more comfortable in unstructured environments.

After discussion and demonstration of body language, the teacher will hand out cards with emotion words printed on them, and display pictures on the board. The students will be asked to go up to the board one at a time and find the picture that matches the word that they have. Once they match up their word with a picture, each student will be asked to give an appropriate response.

Pictures showing specific emotions (happy, sad, bored, worried, angry, tired, scared, confused) Word cards to match the pictures with velcro or fun tack to stick to pictures.

Assessment Guidelines:
New York State English Language Arts Learning Standard 4, language for social interaction. Students will listen, speak, read, and write for social interaction. Students will use oral and written language that follows the accepted conventions of the English language for effective social communication with a wide variety of people. As readers and listeners, they will use the social communications of others to enrich their understanding of people and their views.

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