Who isn't hooked on their smart phones these days? Our students are communicating with text messages now more than ever! Let's use it to our advantage!
I created this product to have a high interest, relevant and real-world language activity for my students. These short text message conversations allow my students (who are often struggling readers) to read confidently and use these relatable situations to practice a variety of language skills. They also spur great conversations!
We read these one at a time and discuss them- using the questions included below the iPhone graphics and other topics that emerge naturally from the conversations.
The questions provided require students to read (and possibly re-read) carefully for details, use critical thinking and apply observations (such as the time of day and names of the parties involved).
Students are asked to make predictions, draw conclusions, make inferences, analyze emotions, describe mood, use context clues to decipher words, interpret feelings, explain figurative language, tell main idea, justify their answers, cite proof from the text, and the like.
A whole range of language skills are applied through this simple activity.
Common Core Standards aligned to this activity for grades 4-8 are listed on the last pages of this download.
These are also useful for discussing the “dos and don’ts” of conversations (when communication verbally OR through texting). Topics like repairing conversations, showing sympathy, showing support, expressing disappointment, and so on can easily be tackled using these cards.
This download includes 48 cards featuring a smart phone graphic and realistic text message conversations :
* 36 of the cards feature text message conversations along with 4-7 questions per conversation.
*6 cards include blank phone screens for you or your students to write on (in case there are specific scenarios you want to address or in case you want to challenge students to write their own conversations)
*6 cards are wild cards to use when you the whole set of cards as a game. (described below)
Instructions for use (with options) are included in the download along with a make-your-own-jean-pocket to hold the cards.
If you enjoy this activity, here are some related activities using text messages/cell phones that you may also enjoy!
Cell phone Role Play Activity Freebie
Cell phone Role Play Activity Part 2
Making Inferences and Drawing Conclusions with Text Messages
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