Body Language - 3

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Definition: Body language is nonverbal communication. Body movements and facial expressions can convey meaning and show emotion.


  • What is body language?
  • Is body language an important factor in communication?
  • Can body language provide us with different information then the words someone is saying?

Discussion Points

  • Body language conveys a lot of information about what a sender really means.
  • Body language can change the meaning of words.
  • Body language gives you insight into how someone actually feels about what you have said.
  • Body language can help you understand what happened in greater detail.

Discuss with students what body language is. Review the discussion point questions.

Possible activities to review the discussion point:

60 Second Paper:

  • Share Discussion Points with students
  • Give the students 60 seconds to write down any thoughts, ideas, experiences or questions they may have regarding the topic
  • Have students share what they have written or collect the papers and discuss content anonymously

Idea Collage:

  • Teacher poses a question or asks for examples of a lesson discussion point.
  • Using chart paper, the teacher labels the sheet with a discussion point.
  • Students write responses on sticky notes, draw a picture, or cut images/words from a magazine.
  • Students post responses on chart paper.
  • Teacher leads classroom discussion using the posted responses.

Activity 1: Brainstorm

As a class, develop a list of reasons why it is important to understand body language. (Ex. to understand when a friend is upset with you) Record answers.

Materials Needed:
  • Chart paper or chalkboard

Activity 2: Expressions Practice

Call out a variety of emotions. (ex: happy, angry, tired, hungry) Students should demonstrate the body language they would show for each.

Materials Needed:
  • None

Activity 3: Personal Narrative

Allow students time to complete student activity sheet A. Seek volunteers to share when finished.

Materials Needed:
  • Student Activity Sheet A - 1 per person
  • Pencil for each student

Script Writing and Animation

Script Prompt: Develop a script and create an animation that includes two characters in a setting related to the problem. The dialogue between the characters must include:

  • Correctly read body language
  • Materials Needed:
    • White board/chalk Board or Chart Paper
    • Markers
    • Script sheet for each group
    • Pencil for each student

    Script Writing Practice: Teacher led discussion of script creation. As a whole/small group, write both an appropriate and inappropriate versions of the script. In small groups or individually, have the students independently create scripts using the prompts above.

    Independent Script Recording: Pair students to complete 2 scripts together using the same script prompt detailed above. Direct students to take turns being character one and character two.

    Animation Creation: Have students record their scripts using the SiLAS software. Remember to name and save their work. Premiere the movies with the group members at the end of each session.

    Lesson Extension: Incorporate ELA standards by discussing both spoken and written grammar rules (dialogue punctuation, correct verb tense, sentence structure, parts of a story; character, setting, problem, solution). Consider using both the final animation and written script as an ELA grade/assignment.

    Lesson Review

    Allow students time to complete the student lesson review. Discuss answers when finished.

    Materials Needed:
    • Student Lesson Review Sheet - 1 per student
    • A pencil for each student


    Go to only student curriculum

    Student Activity Sheet A

    Directions: Answer the question below.

    Think about a time you misunderstood someone's body language. How did you interpret their feelings through what his/her body was doing? What emotion was the person actually experiencing?

    Student Lesson Review Sheet

    Directions: Complete the following questions.

    1. Why is understanding body language important?

    2. Does body language tell more about a true message? Yes or No, Why?