Meeting New People - 3

Continued Growth

Lesson Plan

Goal: When meeting a new person, the student will make a proper introduction in 8 out of 10 observable opportunities, as measured by a teacher assessment tool.

1. Greet a new person by stating your name and asking the other person’s name.
2. Extend a hand to shake or wave a hand in hello.
3. Ask a question about the person to encourage them to talk about themselves (such as “Are you new to this school?” “Do you have lunch 5th period?”, etc.).

Definitions of Key Terms: When meeting someone new, you must be open to introducing yourself and taking part in a conversation to learn about one another.

Discussion Points:

  • What is difficult about meeting new people?
  • How do you approach someone new?
  • What would happen if we refused to meet new people?
  • Where can you meet new people?

Discuss with students what it means to meet new people. Review the discussion point questions.

Possible activities to review the discussion points or use your own:

Think. Pair. Share: The teacher will pose questions related to the discussion points. Explain to students that the purpose of the activity is to think about the question and activate prior knowledge. The teacher will model the procedure to facilitate student understanding.

  • T (Think): Teacher begins by asking a specific question using the discussion topics.
  • P (Pair): Each student should be paired with another student, small group or work with a teacher. Pairs write brief answers on sticky notes or scrap paper.
  • S (Share): Students share their thinking with their partner. Teacher then leads a whole-group conversation using students’ answers.

SEL Categories Activity:

  • Ask students to create a list of words associated with the topic (give them 2-5 minutes to complete).
  • Once time is up, ask each student to share a word or thought from their list.
  • Other students must cross that word or thought off their list.
  • Continue the process until all words or thoughts have been listed.

Directions for In-Person or Virtual Learning: You have three options for students to complete this lesson.

  • Option 1: Print the Student Activity Sheet for each student. Complete the lesson as a group and assign the activity sheet to the students.
  • Option 2: Click the Student link to access the activity sheet electronically and post to your Learning Management System (if your school has one) or send the link to the student. The student may complete the activity sheet electronically within the classroom on a shared computer or device.
  • Option 3: Click the Student link to access the activity sheet electronically and send the link to the student. The student may access the link from a home computer, chromebook, iPad or other device.

Activity 1: Situations

Ask students to think of a list of places or situations where they would have the opportunity to meet new people. Be sure to encourage them to think not only about school but also community places or situations.

Materials Needed:
  • Chart paper or interactive board

Record their responses on the board or chart paper. Save for the list for Activity 2.

Activity 2: Role Play

Review the list of situations and places generated in Activity 1 with the students. Ask a student to help you role play one of the situations on the list. As you demonstrate a proper introduction, ask the other students to take note of the actions and phrases you used.

Materials Needed:
  • Chart paper or interactive board
  • List from Activity 1

After the role play demonstration is over, ask students to recall the actions and phrases used in the introduction. Record these on the board or chart paper. Be sure to record these and others:

  • make and maintain eye contact
  • state your name
  • ask the other person their name
  • give a firm handshake
  • ask the new person a question about themselves

Pair students together to role play meeting new people. Using items from the Activity 1 list, give an item to each pair. Remind students the importance of the actions and words that make a proper introduction.

Repeat the role play with other items from the Activity 1 list as time allows.

Activity 3: Personal Opinions

Review the key points from Activities 1 and 2 with the students.

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

Allow students time to complete Student Activity Sheet A. Ask for volunteers to share their answers when all students have finished.

Student Activity Sheet A

Directions: Answer the questions below.

1. Do you think meeting new people is easy or difficult? Why?

2. Why is it important to meet new people?

Application Activity

Script Prompt: Develop a script and create an animation that includes two characters in a setting related to the problem. Use the script prompt provided below or create your own and include:

Materials Needed:

The dialogue between the characters must include:

  • Meeting someone new, greeting a new person appropriately and inappropriately.

Script Extensions: Click the following hyperlinks to have students choose their Characters, Background and Props prior to writing scripts. For examples of script writing accommodations, click Here.

Methods for completing this activity include (choose one or a few, depending on your students’ levels and abilities):

Script Writing Practice: Teacher-led discussion of script creation. As a group, write both an appropriate and inappropriate version of the script. In small groups or individually, have the students independently create scripts that demonstrate the script prompt. Use the script sheet to create students' scripts.

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

Animation Creation: Have students record their scripts using the SiLAS software. Remind students 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, character, setting, problem, solution). Consider using both the final animation and written script as an ELA grade/assignment.

Topic Checkout

Review the key points from the previous activities with the students.

Materials Needed:
  • Student Topic Checkout - 1 per student
  • A pencil for each student

Allow students time to complete the Student Topic Checkout. Discuss their answers when all students have finished.

Student Topic Checkout

Directions: Answer the questions below.

1. What should you say to someone you have just met?

2. Where can you meet new people?

3. List two benefits from meeting someone new.

4. Write two questions you could ask someone when meeting them for the first time.