This lesson takes students through an understanding of what is involved in sending and receiving clear messages.
It allows for discussions on good listening skills and non-verbal communication skills as well.
You know how you are always looking for that one activity for the first week of class. It is great as a first week activity as it involves student interaction in small groups so students get to know each other in a non-intimidating way. Students work in small groups with short activities to keep them involved.
It also gives the teacher the opportunity to discuss clear communication and the barriers that interfere with communication -- perfect for setting guidelines for classroom interaction and participation. (You could add a part on communicating with social media.)
The teacher guides the students through the activities.
There is also a skit activity, but I would give students choice with this piece -- perhaps those that do not want to act could write a short script.
The culminating activity brings together a number of skills -- listening, recording, thinking, discussing, writing and team work. Students will need at least 5 or 6 hours to complete this activity -- perhaps more time depending on grade level. I use this with adult students -- they generally take the 5 hours to complete it well.
An evaluation rubric is also included.
Have fun with this! It is relevant for many grade levels!