Art Beyond Sight
Social, Communication, and Independent Living Skills
through the Arts Curriculum
■ Activity Plan ■
(Song lyrics and audio & bibliography included)
- Activity Plan Overview
- Activity Plan 1: Great relationships start with hello
- Activity Plan 2: Ice Breaker and Small Talk
- Activity Plan 3: A two way street
- Activity Plan 4: From Casual to Formal Conversation
- Activity Plan 5: Handling difficult situations and conflict resolution
- Activity Plan 6: Nonverbal communication and tips for your tics
- Activity Plan 7: Strike a pose! Field trip to the museum
- Activity Plan 8: Making our Self-portrait
- Activity Plan 9: The Art of Dressing
- Activity Plan 10: Making a Fashion Statement
- Activity Plan 11: Personal Narrative: Writing your story
- Activity Plan 12: A Collaborative Song Writing Activity
- Activity Plan 13: Preparing an interview
- Activity Plan 14: Meet a stranger: an exploration of the interview process
- Activity Plan 15: Let's prepare our own Talk Show!
- Final Event
- Songs by Brian Muni
LESSON 2 Ice breakers and small talk
Grade Level: 6th to 8th grade
Duration: 45 min.
Sit in circle; open class with greetings and songs
Sitting Tall, stretches, vocal exercises
Review previous lesson, introduce new lesson
Objectives and Outcomes:
- Students will discuss the variety and purposes of conversation (casual, networking, dinner, debate, interviews etc./with strangers, acquaintances, friends-family)
- Students will discuss the role of small talk: connecting, first step to get to know someone, how to keep the conversation going.
- Students will discuss the essential skills basis to the art of conversation: listening and follow up questions.
- Students will learn ice breaking techniques and conversation starters and faux pas.
Suggested topics for class discussion:
- What happens at the first meeting: how do you feel? what do you say?
- From “hello/Goodbye” to small talk? What is an ice breaker? What comes after “hello” and “my name is…”?
- Why is it important to listen attentively when someone is talking to you?
- What means conversing?
- What do you get from conversing with other people?
Role Play: Instructors will demonstrate role play (Do’s and Don’ts)
- A new student is looking for the cafeteria and asked an older student for direction.
- A student is interested in playing basket ball with other students during recess.
- A student is interested in taking guitar lessons and knows that one of his classmates is already taking lessons.
- A new student is introducing her/himself to a classmate as s/he walks into the classroom and asks about the teacher.
- Worksheet ‘getting to know each other’.
- Props for role play
- eye contact/follow voice and look up in that direction, smile
- Posture: sit straight, stand tall (string metaphor)
- You never know who yu are going to meet
Song: Standing Tall