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 6 Nonverbal communication and tips for your tics
Grade Level: 6thto 8th grade
Duration: 45 min.
Sit in circle; open class with greetings and songs
Sitting Tall, stretches
Review previous lesson and introduce new lesson
Objectives and Outcomes:
- Students will explore the components of nonverbal communication: facial expressions, eye contact, gestures, postures, proximity, body language, hygiene, and clothing.
- Students will explore ways to manage their tics.
Suggested topics for class discussion:
- How emotions or a message are translated through nonverbal communication; how nonverbal communication helps emphasize verbal communication; how the different parts of a face and body express that: eyebrows, lips, shoulders, hands and arms, etc.; and how facial expression and gestures accompany words (cf. worksheet on body language and facial expression).
- Students will discuss how our body language/tics can be distracting (i.e: rocking, playing with hair etc.) and explore ways to manage them.
- The importance of smiling to make a good impression.
- Students will explore their face and examine the changes that occur when their facial expression changes i.e: mouth going up or down, eyebrows sinking when frowning or going up in surprise etc.
- Students will produce a clay figure depicting a facial expression of their choice. When complete, the rest of the group will discuss what the artwork is trying to communicate.
- Students will roll and flatten the clay, cut it in the shape of a face and use the remaining pieces of clay to build their selected facial expression.
Material: clay, wood board
Songs: Standing Tall