Goal: To improve social-relationship skills
Objective(s): The student will be able to correctly identify another's feelings based on their body language.
1. Look at the person's body actions (eyes, face, arms/hands, posture/stance, etc.)
2. Decide what the person is feeling.
Definition: Body language is non-verbal communication using the body to communicate.
Rationale: Teacher stresses the importance of mutual gazing in "reading" facial and body expressions. (Deckert and et al, 1989 p. 23)
Students generate a list of when and where to read body language
Discuss with students the wide variety of messages that are sources of information about ourselves (eye contact, tone of voice, body language, vocabulary).
Discuss facial deceit (hidden emotions).
Set the Stage:
Teacher introduces and demonstrates the difference in facial and body expression for each specific emotion.
Model/Role-play with Feedback
Have students "read" the emotions on various pictures of faces. Discuss the various interpretations.
Play a tape or movie without the sound and have the students figure out what is going on based on body language.
Have students interpret pictured gestures.
Cut out pictures from magazines depicting different emotions and have the students make posters.
Have students play pantomime and "describe" emotions/feelings or pass on information with body language.
Application with Feedback
Homework: Instruct students to keep a log of reactions they observe in others that give them the impression that someone sees them differently than they thought.
Teacher stands in front of the class for lecture or to give directions and gives conflicting verbal messages to her body language. See who can pick up on it.
Students sort pictures of two or more persons into piles indicating "friends", "enemies", "neutral", "can't judge". Discuss what clues each picture had that led to the placement. (Deckert and et al, 1989 p. 23)
Social Skills Curriculum Guide, 1992
Special School District of St. Louis County