Gaining Attention - 1

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Teachers

Definition: Gaining attention means to let someone know that you want them to pay attention to you. Getting someone’s attention is important because it lets them know you are trying to talk to them.

Discussion Points

    There are some things you can do to get someone’s attention. There are also phrases you can say to get the attention of others. You can:

  • Say “Excuse me”
  • Call out someone’s name
  • Tap a person, gently, on the shoulder
  • Look at someone
  • Use a communication device to say “I need you”, “Help me” or “Can I tell you something?”
    • Discuss with students what it means to gain attention. 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: Gaining Attention

Review student activity sheet A with students, discussing possible reasons to gain someone's attention

Materials Needed:
  • Student Activity Sheet A - 1 per student, group, or project for whole class

Activity 2: Situations

Allow students to complete student activity sheet B. Discuss answers when finished.

Materials Needed:
  • Student Activity Sheet B
  • Pencil for each student

Activity 3: Comic Strip Worksheet

Allow students to complete student activity sheet C. Discuss answers when finished.

Materials Needed:
  • Student activity sheet C - 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 D.

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

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

Example script of demonstrating gaining attention appropriately:
Jim: Excuse me, Mike?
Mike: Yes Jim? Do you need something?
Jim: Yes. Can I use that marker?
Mike: Sure! Here you go!

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

Script Writing and Animation

In small groups, have the students create scripts demonstrating how to gain attention appropriately and inappropriately. Use the script sheet to create students scripts.

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

Example script of demonstrating gaining attention appropriately:
Jim: Excuse me, Mike?
Mike: Yes Jim? Do you need something?
Jim:Yes. Can I use that marker?
Mike: Sure! Here you go!

This is an example of an inappropriate script on gaining attention:
Jim: Hey! You!
Mike: Me?
Jim: Give me that truck!
Mike: Okay?

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 to complete the student lesson review sheet. Discuss answers when finished.

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 gaining attention.

Students

Go to only student curriculum

Student Activity Sheet A

Directions: Below are some of the reasons you would gain a person’s attention. Discuss with group or class each situation.

Student Activity Sheet B

Directions: Check or circle the best choice for the situation presented below.

1. Should you shout and say, “Hey you! Listen to me!” to get someone’s attention?

2. Should you gently tap on someone’s shoulder to get their attention?

3. Should you scream and break things to get the attention of others?

4. Should you say, “Excuse me?” to get someone’s attention?

5. Should you yell and hit to gain someone’s attention?

6. Should you throw things to get someone’s attention?

Student Activity Sheet C

Directions: Look at the comic strip below. Circle or check the comic that shows the characters gaining the attention of others appropriately.

Student Activity Sheet D

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

Student Lesson Review Sheet

Directions: Complete the following questions.

1. List four ways you can appropriately gain the attention of other people.

2. Is it okay to tap a person on the shoulder if you need to get a person’s attention?

3. Should you shout in someone’s face when you need to get a person’s attention?

Is it important to “wait” sometimes when you need to get a person’s attention?