This exercise is especially good for younger students practicing social skills or for English Learners of all ages. Before I begin the lesson, it is important that the lesson should be demonstrated by using complete sentences for the questions and response.
- Set up students in a large circle (teachers can have a song cue that could put them in a specific order)
-Have students call out either X's or O's. Match each X, with the O on the inside.
-You will have one outer circle and one inner circle, X on outside O on inside.
-Make sure to have students stand about 1-2 feet away from each oter, make eye contact, nod, and respond to their partner.
-Have students greet each other. This helps if you have a sentence frame. ex O: How are you feeling today? X: I am feeling ________________ (let each partner ask and respond).
-For the first interaction, have students talk about what they did the previous day, what they are going to do, or any general conversation that will allow students (especially EL) to practice speaking and listening.
-You can also use the communication round for review of vocabulary words, or anything that was learned previously. This practice also gets the kids moving around.
-After the kids talk for a while, Teacher can prompt with vocab (ex)
X-"What is pollution?" O- "Pollution is______"
-All groups of students are talking at the same time while the teacher monitors. Encourage students to look around the room for resources: allow them to break away from the circle to search for answers. Also, allow them to listen to other partners for clues to their answer. Their actual parter can prompt them as well. Allow the students a lot of freedom to communicate and explore their answer.
-After the students seem as if they have responded to the question, Teacher says, "Did you say_________" and stars defining the word, or answering question. This gives ver low anxiety for your "quiet" students. Students raise hands if they said what you repeated.
-Tell partners to say goodbye and give a hand shake, hug, or high five.
-The inside O's move clockwise 1-3 people (Teacher choice) and greet their new neighbor (with a complete sentence and continual eye contact).
-Go over two more vocabulary words with the new group, and switch partners a few times. Make sure that they are respectic space and using eye contact and a respectful tone.
-When students have covered most of the vocab review for the week, have students find their own space.
-Play a song (encourage kids to dance), usually KidzBop on Pandora works well and have the kids walk around the class. Suggestions: Walk around like you are driving a train, car, truck, riding a horse, roller coaster, animals, etc. (EL students will recieve some inadvertant vocab :)
-Pause the music and ask a question. Ex "What things make up a complete sentence?"
-Tell students to stop and find a partner when the music stops. Have both partners greet each other in complete sentences. Each student must ask and respond to the question in complete sentences.
-You can also have students write a short sentence and share out their sentence with their partner. High five, hand shake or hug, then play music again. Encourage kids to be silly, but safe
-Do this a few times. Allow kids to move around class and get new partners.
-Play music and have students sit down and share out their sentence by calling random sticks. Make sure their response is in a complete sentence. It is important for EL students to share out their ideas whole class. This way, everyone feels as if they are part of the community and its success.
This lesson helps students get up and get information from their peers. It forces them to speak in complete sentences and listen, which are two parts EL students must become proficient in.
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