Lesson Plan of Tone and Non- verbal Cues

Lesson Plan of Tone and Non- verbal Cues

English Grade V

Students’ Learning Outcomes

·         Identify and use appropriate tone and non-verbal cues for different communicative functions.

Information for Teachers

·         When we intermingle with others, we unceasingly give and receive wordless gestures are called non-verbal cues.
Tone and Non- verbal Cues
·         Nonverbal communication among people is communication concluded sending and receiving wordless intimations.
·         Nonverbal communication consists of the aware and unconscious methods of programming and interpreting. Programming is the act of creating the information such as facial expressions, gestures, and postures. Interpreting is the clarification of information from received feelings from preceding skills.
Tone and Non- verbal Cues
·         Non-verbal communications comprises:
o   Touch, glance, eye contact, vocal tone, proximity, gestures, facial expressions, pauses-silence, dress, posture, smell, sounds
o   Non-verbal communication is a very important aspect of spoken communication that doesn’t involve words.
o   This adds emphasis or shades of meaning to what people say. It involves body language, gesture, facial expressions, tone and pitch of voice etc.

Material / Resources

Chalk/marker, chart, things in the surroundings, board, textbook

Worm up activity

·        (No Talk Strategy)
o   Instructions: when your students arrive for class, greet them with silence.
o   As students begin to seat themselves, tell them that they all must remain silent until you tell them otherwise.
o   Use only non-verbal cues to get them to engage in the normal classroom routines. For example: once everyone is in the chairs/desks, use gestures to get them to open their books.
o   You can put your hands together to form a book-like shape or mimic pretending to read a page.
o   Students will eventually pick up on your gestures and cues to perform the tasks.
o   Then they respond to you in kind with their own gestures.
o   Continue for as long as you like and then discuss with the students how sometimes non-verbal cues can be just as effective as verbal communication.
·         Highlight the importance of tone and non-verbal communication system in our life. Explain its components. Relate this with all the discussion they just had.
·         Discuss the importance of using appropriate tones when speaking.
·         Try to strengthen that bellowing and arguing may not be the best way to communicate with others.


Activity 1

·         Tell the students that different gestures have different meanings. Practice and let the students act the following:
Brisk, erect walk
Biting nails
Standing with hands on hips
Head resting in hands
Sitting legs apart
Tapping fingers
Walking with hands in pockets
Leaning towards someone
Show of interest in what the other person is saying
Shoulders bent
Making direct eye contact
Shows what you are attentive towards someone
·         Practice more gestures and body movements with students and ask the students to guess their meanings. You can ask the students to act also.

Activity 2

·         Write the following moods on the board and discuss their meaning with examples from students own life.
·         Then call some students one by one and ask to pick up one folded strip (already prepared by teacher) and perform some actions according to the strip.
·         The rest of the class will guess the expression.
(Happy, sad, bored, proud, excited, afraid, nervous, confused, confident)

Activity 3

·         Make the children think of sounds we use for communication, i.e. shhhhhh, mmmmmmmmmm, errrr, oh, ah, etc.
·         Let them share one by one in front of the class and the students will guess when we use such sounds for better communication.
·         Help the students to write the sounds on the board.

Activity 4

·         Ask the students to prepare a silent movie by acting out the events from their favorite story book.
·         The groups will perform in front of the class without talking, and use facial expressions, gestures and body language only.
·         Then have a discussion with all of the students to check how much they were able to understand.

Sum up / Conclusion

·         Ask the students how non-verbal cues are helpful.


·         Ask the students to perform silently any action of his/her favorite cartoon character.
·         Ask the rest of the class to guess what he was doing/showing (you can give 1 minute to each student)

Follow up

·         Ask the students to make a chart in the class with students drawing of different faces and expressions with the expression/moods names.

·         Each student can draw some faces in his/her notebook as well.

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