Facial Expressions - 3

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Definition: Facial expressions show how a person is feeling inside.

Discussion Points

  • What are facial expressions?
  • Why are facial expressions important in understanding another person’s message?
  • Do facial expressions convey a lot of information about what the sender really means?
  • Do facial expressions change the meaning of words?

Discuss with students what facial expressions mean. Review the discussion point questions.

Possible activities to review the discussion point:

Reciprocal Questioning:

  • Divide students into pairs or small groups.
  • Have the pairs/groups develop questions using to ask other pair/groups about the discussion points.
  • Provide “anchor questions” (Do you think it is easier to agree or disagree? Why is it important to listen to another person's opposing viewpoint? ).
  • Once pairs/groups have questions written, bring the students together and lead discussion using their questions.

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

Activity 1: Brainstorm

As a class, develop a list of reasons why it is important to understand facial expressions. (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 facial expressions 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:

  • Create an animation demonstrating a social situation where one character is using facial expressions.
  • 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 facial expressions. Share about it.

    Student Lesson Review Sheet

    Directions: Complete the following questions.

    1. What can happen if a person is unable to read a person’s facial expressions?

    2. Do facial expressions tell more about a true message? (Yes or No, Why?