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Resources created, compiled, and adapted by Pam Verhoeff and Terra Kaliszuk.
terra.kaliszuk@blackgold.ca & pam.verhoeff@blackgold.ca

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Use the tabs below to access Discussion Skills lesson plans and materials.  The lessons are presented in a 5-step progression that builds from one skill to the next.



Step #1:

Body Language (Non-Verbal Communication)

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In this section, students will . . .

  • learn the important role that their facial expressions and postures can play in a conversation 
  • practice their own non-verbal communication skills to become aware of the message their body language is sending to others.

Lesson Materials: Body Language/Non-Verbal Communication

(can be modified to meet other grade-level outcomes)

Step #2:

Respectful Language


A. Using Respectful Language


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In this section, students will . . .

  • focus on choosing the most respectful language to use in a variety of situations (including those where they disagree with others, have a reluctant participant, or are frustrated).

Lesson Materials: Using Respectful Language

(can be modified to meet other grade-level outcomes)


B. Troubleshooting Conversation


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In this section, students will . . .

  • practice prompting others for more information and sustaining conversation in a variety of situations.

Lesson Materials: Troubleshooting Conversation

(can be modified to meet other grade-level outcomes)

Step #3:

Asking Open-Ended Questions

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In this section, students will . . .

  • practice creating different levels of questions
  • use the questions in conversation to see the effect each has on conversation

Lesson Materials: Asking Open-Ended Questions

(can be modified to meet other grade-level outcomes)

Step #4:

Building Group Ideas


Kindergarten to Grade 3:

Building Group Ideas


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In this section, students will . . .

  • explore different strategies for building ideas in a group (including adding personal stories, agreeing or disagreeing respectfully, and asking questions)

Lesson Materials: Building Group Ideas

(can be modified to meet other grade-level outcomes)


Grades 4-12:

Building Group Ideas


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In this section, students will . . .

  • use sample conversations to look at different ways to build on the ideas of others
  •  practice the strategies they’ve noticed during small group conversation.

Lesson Materials: Building Group Ideas

(can be modified to meet other grade-level outcomes)

Step #5:

Working Together


Kindergarten to Grade 3:

Working Together


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In this section, students will . . .

  • identify and practice what it takes to be a contributing and successful group member (ex. taking turns, clearly explaining ideas, asking for help).

Lesson Materials: Working Together

(can be modified to meet other grade-level outcomes)


Grades 4 - 12:

Working Together - Group Roles


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In this section, students will . . .

  • take an online strength assessment to discover their learning style
  • reflect on how they can use their strengths to select their role in a group.

Lesson Materials: Working Together - Group Roles

(can be modified to meet other grade-level outcomes)

 
 
Resources created, compiled, and adapted by Pam Chromiak and Terra Kaliszuk.
terra.kaliszuk@blackgold.ca & pam.chromiak@blackgold.ca