Eye Contact - 2

Foundational

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Teachers

Definition: Eye contact is a form of nonverbal communication that influences the message a person is sending to a receiver.

Discussion Points

  • What does the term eye contact mean?
  • Why do we need to have good eye contact when we communicate?
  • What happens when someone does not have good eye contact?

Activity 1: Story Lines

Discuss what eye contact means and why it is important. 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

Review why eye contact is important. Distribute student activity sheet B. Allow students time to work in small groups, with a partner, or individually to make a list of circumstances when it is important to maintain appropriate eye contact and when they find it difficult to do so.

When students are finished allow groups to share and record their answers for all to see.

Materials Needed:
  • Student Activity Sheet B - 1 per student or group
  • Pencil for each student
  • Chart paper or chalkboard

Activity 3: Comic Strip

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

Lesson Extension: Listening Comprehension and Grammar Review

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 D.

After students have finished, discuss the listening comprehension questions together.

Materials Needed:
  • Student Activity Sheet D - 1 per student
  • Pencil for each student
  • Student activity sheet E - 1 per student
  • Red and purple colored pencil or crayon

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 avoiding making eye contact:
(Not looking at the conversation partner)
Chris: Hi Tori, how are you today?
Tori: ok
Chris: Why aren’t you looking at me?
Tori: What do you mean?
Chris: When someone is talking to you, you really should be looking at them. Otherwise, they don’t know that you are listening to them.

Allow students time to complete activity sheet E.

Display the script using the immersive reader, highlight the nouns in the script. Students should self check their work to determine if they correctly named two nouns. Repeat the process for verbs and syllables.

Script Writing and Animation

Review and discuss example scripts from activity 4.

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.

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

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

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 group
  • Pencil for each group

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 Silas, do you want to go the movies tonight?
Student B:

Now try this prompt with avoiding eye contact.

Student A:Hi      , do you want to go the movies tonight?
Student B:

Here are some additional prompts to practice.
Hi      , do you want to go to the park today?
Hello    , would you like to go to the mall?

Student Activity Sheet B

Directions: Make a list of circumstances when it is important to maintain appropriate eye contact. Example: When a police officer is speaking to you

Directions: Describe a situation when you find it difficult to maintain eye contact.

Student Activity Sheet C

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

Student Activity Sheet D

1. Who are the characters in this script?

2. Where are the characters going?

3. Why is eye contact important?

4. How do you think Chris feels when Tori is not looking at him?

Student Activity Sheet E

Directions: In the scripts below circle two nouns in purple that name a person and one noun that names a place. In red circle two verbs.

Remember: A noun names a person, place, thing, or idea. A verb names describe an action, state, or occurrence

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 avoiding making eye contact:
(Not looking at the conversation partner)
Chris: Hi Tori, how are you today?
Tori: ok
Chris: Why aren’t you looking at me?
Tori: What do you mean?
Chris: When someone is talking to you, you really should be looking at them. Otherwise, they don’t know that you are listening to them.

Directions: How many syllables do you hear in the words below?

Student Lesson Review Sheet

Directions: Complete the following questions.

1. What is eye contact?

2. Why is it important to maintain eye contact during a conversation?

3. How do people feel when you do not make “good eye contact”?