Contributor: Shannon Malkovsky. Lesson ID: 10450

Can you read someone's mind? Of course not! We must learn to communicate to understand another's thoughts. Learning from a video and drawing activity, you will present a speech to test your skills!


Interpersonal Skills

Life Skills
learning style
personality style
Lion, Otter
Grade Level
Intermediate (3-5)
Lesson Type
Quick Query

Lesson Plan - Get It!


Have you ever been in an argument with someone and, at the end, you realized that you didn't quite understand what the other person was trying to say? Maybe the whole argument could have been avoided if you listened better to the other person? Today, you will learn how to become a better communicator!

We are going to start off this lesson with the Telephone Game.

  1. This activity requires a group of at least three people, preferably five people or more.
  2. Sit in a circle.
  3. The first person in the group thinks of a short story to whisper in the ear of the person to the right of him or her.
  4. The trick is that a person can only say the story once; no repeating is allowed!
  5. Whatever you hear, pass along the story as best you can to the next person.
  6. When the last person in the circle hears the short story, he or she must say out loud what was heard.

Discussion Questions

  • Did the last person say exactly the same thing as the first person?
  • How often do messages change like this in everyday life?
  • If you were allowed to repeat or ask questions, do you think the story would have changed as much?
  • How can you tell if someone is really paying attention to you?

Communication is the way people share their thoughts and feelings. Communication is a two-way process. Someone sends a message and someone else receives it. Listening is just as important as talking.

Why is communication important? Brainstorm a few reasons why communication is important to you.

Reasons for Communicating:

  1. Sharing our feelings with others
  2. Sharing and receiving news and information
  3. Getting things we need to live, such as food, shelter, and love.

What are some ways that you communicate with your friends and family?

Types of Communication:

  1. Verbal communication (talking)
  2. Non-verbal communication (body language)
  3. Written communication and online communication

Please click on the following link to read more about the types of communication: Let's communicate (Kids Health).

Please watch Saying What You Mean - A Children's Book About Communication Skills (below). While you are watching the video, please take notes about the important points about communication. After you watch the video, please print the Graphic Organizer - Bubble Map  from Downloadable Resources in the right-hand sidebar.

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