Eye Contact - 1

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Teachers

Definition: Eye contact is what we do when we look directly into someone's eyes. We should look at others when talking to them.

Discussion Points

    Questions:

  • When we are talking
  • When someone else is talking
  • When we are telling a story
  • When we ask a question
  • When we answer a question
  • When we need help
    • Discuss with students what eye contact is and why it is important. Review the discussion point questions.


        Possible activities to review the discussion point:

      • The group should form a circle. Ask a question and allow students to toss a bean bag to those who would like to answer the question.
      • Play tic-tac-toe by dividing the group into teams. Write discussion questions on a post-it note and place them on the tic-tac-toe grid. Allow a representative from the team to select a post-it note and as a team develop an answer to the question. If they get it right they may put their teams marker (x or o) on the grid.

Activity 1: Story Lines

Assign or allow students to find a partner and distribute student activity sheet A. Allow students time to role play the situations. Once they are finished discuss how they felt when eye contact was used and when it was not.

Materials Needed:
  • Student Activity Sheet A

Activity 2: Circumstances

As a group make a list of circumstances when it is important to maintain appropriate eye contact.

Ex. When your talking to your mom. Record answers.

Materials Needed:
  • Chart paper or chalkboard
  • Pencil for each student

Activity 3: Comic Strip Worksheet

Allow students time to complete student activity sheet B. When finished, have students share.

Materials Needed:
  • Student activity sheet B - 1 per student
  • Pencil for each student

Lesson Extension: Listening Comprehension

Explain that a script is a form of dialogue writing between characters in a movie, play, or broadcast. Utilizing the immersive reader students should listen carefully as the teacher plays the example scripts below. Replay the script if needed. Allow students time to answer the questions on student activity sheet C.

If time allows students may partner together and role play the script.

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

An example of a script with children demonstrating appropriate eye contact:
(Looking at the conversation partner)
Chris: Hi Tori, how are you today?
Tori: I am fine Chris, thank you for asking.
Chris: Would you like to go to the park this afternoon?
Tori: That sounds great!

Script Writing and Animation

Review and discuss example script from lesson extension.

In small groups, have the students create scripts using eye contact appropriately (looking at the conversation partner) and inappropriately (by not looking at the conversation partner). Use the script sheet to create students scripts.

Materials Needed:
  • Script sheet for each group
  • Pencil for each student

An example of a script with children demonstrating appropriate eye contact:
(Looking at the conversation partner)
Chris: Hi Tori, how are you today?
Tori: I am fine Chris, thank you for asking.
Chris: Would you like to go to the park this afternoon?
Tori: That sounds great!

An example of a script with children demonstrating avoiding eye contact:
(Not looking at the conversation partner)
Chris: Hi Tori, how are you today?
Tori: .........
Chris: Why aren’t you looking at me?
Tori: What do you mean?
Chris: When someone talks to you, you should look at them.

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 Review

Allow students time to work in small groups, with a partner, or individually to answer the lesson review questions. When students are finished review answers together.

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

Read Aloud Recommendations: Completing a read aloud with students is a great way for them to see and learn social skills as well as incorporating reading skills. Below are some books that could be used to reinforce the concept. Read and discuss as appropriate for level and as time allows throughout the lesson.

Utilize current classroom literature to demonstrate eye contact.

Students

Go to only student curriculum

Student Activity Sheet A

Directions: With your partner decide who will be student A and who will be student B. Practice the following prompts using good eye contact.

Student A: Hi Chris, do you want to go to the movies tonight?
Student B: Sure Tori. What movie do you want to see?

Now try this prompt with avoiding eye contact.

Student A: Hi PJ, would you like to come to the playground with me?
Student B: Ok but I want to go first on the swings.

Here are some additional prompts to practice.
Hi Silas, do you want to go to the park today?
Hello Dr. Sally, would you like to go to the mall?
Hello Donny, would you like to come over and play?

Student Activity Sheet B

Directions: Study the comic strips below. Next, check or circle the answers that show the characters using good eye contact.

Student Activity Sheet C

Directions: Draw a comic to match the script you listened to.

Student Lesson Review Sheet

Directions: Complete the following questions.

1. What is eye contact?

2. Should you look at people when you talk to them? Yes or No?

3. Do you feel sad or happy when people don’t look at you when they’re talking to you?