USE BODY LANGUAGE TO COMMUNICATE 5.5
Goal: To improve social-relationship skills
Objective(s): The student will use body language to communicate in an appropriate manner.
. Decide how you feel.
2. Decide what you want to communicate.
3. Use body actions/language (eyes, face, hands/arms, posture/stance) to express self.
Definition: Using body language to communicate is a form of non-verbal communication.
Rationale: Teacher explains how important body language is for communication. Have the students attempt to communicate absolutely "nothing" or give directions without using any body movements. Discuss how impossible this is.
• Students generate a list of where/when to use body language to communicate.
• Discuss/demonstrate intrusive body language such as inappropriate touching, getting too close, etc.
Model/Role-play with feedback
• Have students practice giving messages using common gestures (emblems).
• Students practice expressing emotions using a mirror.
• Students role play various emotions and other students must "read" them.
• Have students "Impersonate" their favorite TV, movie, or rock star, discussing the person's actions, gestures and postures.
• Play "Catch Me - Match Me" where two students mirror each other's actions.
• Students break up into teams to play a "charades" type activity using common "emblems". Score points for correct encoding of message and for correct decoding of message. (Deckert and et al, 1989 p. 24)
• Have students play pantomime in two teams. Give them certain situations to communicate with body language. Give points to teams who can name situation.
Application with Feedback
• Watch a game show and determine what people's body language is saying.
• Have students describe five students in the cafeteria and what their body language is communicating.
• Watch a taped TV show without sound. Identify intent of body language. Rewind and see if it matches dialogue.
• Look for examples. Give students a worksheet listing types of body language. Students fill in a situation from home or TV that exhibits each.
• Students will discuss/demonstrate how important body language is for communicating.