This game targets conversational skills for high school students who have speech/language disorders. It could be used with middle school students as well, although some of the topics might not be applicable.
Pre-teaching of conversational skills may be necessary in order for students to gain the most out of this activity. The goal is for students to take turns engaging with peers by asking questions, sharing information, initiating conversation and maintaining a topic.
“Text Me” Hearts- Asking Questions (worth 3 points) - Students practice asking peers a given question. Generic “make up your own question” cards are included as well.
“Be Mine” Hearts- Sharing Information About Self (worth 5 points) - Students practice telling peers something about themselves. Topics are provided as well generic “tell someone something about you” cards.
“Hugs & Kisses” Hearts- Initiating Conversation (worth 7 points) - Students practice initiating a conversation with given information.
“Love” Hearts- Topic Maintenance (worth 10 points) - Students practice continuing a conversation with a given statement.
1. Print all pages. Print two copies of the broken heart page.
2. Cut out each set of conversation hearts (Asking Questions, Sharing Information, Initiating Conversation, Topic Maintenance) hearts and separate title hearts from others.
3. Print one heart mat for each student.
1. Mix all topics together with the broken and mended heart cards and place in a pile in the middle of the table.
2. Students draw 5 cards a piece and take turns answering questions, sharing information, initiating conversation, etc. After they complete the task on the card, they place it on the corresponding heart on their mat. This also includes the “broken” and “mended” hearts.
3. At the end of the game, students add up their points, subtract points for “broken” hearts and add points back for “mended” hearts. The student with the most points is the winner and perhaps wins a box of candy hearts?!
---Clkr.com AND Tanya Rae Designs
Conversation Hearts! A Speech-Language Conversational Game
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