Practice Sixteen


Great Expectations Strategies to Eliminate Bullying - Offers three specific strategies for creating a systematic change in a classroom, a school, or a district.



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Hand Signs for Practice

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The characteristics of Effective Communication Skills are necessarily broad and offered below are some sample strategies that aid in supporting the Great Expectations’ culture and academic emphasis.

Provide instruction, support, and practice in developing lifetime communication skills. Build an understanding and use of skills including etiquette and protocol for:

Verbal Communication Tools - the use of sounds and words to express yourself

    • Practice Two - Variety of procedure resources and activities
    • Vocabulary
      • Lexicon Resource
      • Lower Elementary Lexicon
      • Dictionary - link to Merriam-Webster
      • Spanish to English Dictionary and Translator
      • Vocabulary Strategies - 15 versatile strategies for building and using enriched vocabulary with groups or individuals.
      • - Allows personalization of vocabulary learning specific to class and student needs.
      • Four Practical Principles for Enhancing Vocabulary Instruction - Article giving research, guidelines for vocabulary introduction, and use of word walls
      • Classroom Strategies - This Reading Rocket library provides teachers with effective, research-based classroom strategies to help build and strengthen literacy skills in phonological awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, and writing. Each contains Instructions, Downloadable templates, video, Examples, Recommended children's books to use with the strategy, Differentiation for second language learners, students of varying reading skill, students with learning disabilities, and younger learners, Supporting research
      • - a website with vocabulary resources with: Dozens of glossaries in a myriad of subjects to make browsing for words by category easier and a more satisfying experience. A crossword puzzle solver A word of the week with definition, discussion, etymology, translations in 5 languages

Written Communication

Oral Communication

Raise your words, not your voice. It’s rain that grows flowers, not thunder.” - Jalal al-Din Rumi

Nonverbal - gestures or mannerisms used in communication

Courtesies of a small and trivial character are the ones which strike deepest in the grateful and appreciating heart.”

- Henry Clay






Identify and Use Different Communication Styles and Purposes

We need to think of our tongue as a messenger that runs errands for our heart. Our words reveal our character.” - Charles Swindol













Word Wall Vocabulary:

Communicate Speech Conversation Words

Monologue Dialogue Expound Discussion

Oration Convey Correspond Declare

Communication: ‘ SAID’ in Action”

Brainstorm words that may be used instead of ‘SAID’ when speaking and writing that describe more specifically how something is being said. In pairs create a list of at least 10 verbs that might be used instead of ‘said’. i.e. sputtered, declared, etc.

Join another pair, share lists, and add any new words. Join another group of 4 and repeat. The end result will be a list to be posted in the room for use in speaking and writing. Encourage word additions to the display.

How It’s Said in Action - 7 Activities for exploring the importance of tone of voice, body language, etc.


Music & Video Links


General Resource Websites:

  • Flipgrid - online tool - Create and record visuals and promote student voice and choice in their learning. Grids are a meeting place for your classroom, your school, your department or any learning community to discuss your topics.
  • Seesaw - an App that allows students to explore a variety of powerful tools (like drawing, voice recording, taking videos, and more!) to show what they know in the way that works best for them
  • National Science Digital Library - The National Science Digital Library (NSDL) was created by the National Science Foundation to provide organized access to high quality resources and tools that support innovations in teaching and learning at all levels of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education. NSDL is a digital library of exemplary resource collections and services, organized in support of science education at all levels. Educators may search for level PK - 12+ for FREE digital resources. Compatible for making assignments directly to Google Classroom.
  • What is QFT? - Question Formulation Technique - Explanation of the steps and videos demonstrating its use in the classroom.
    • Experiencing the Question Formulation Technique - An explanation and step-by-step instructions for the process
    • Right Questions - Educational Leadership - An Explanation of the process
    • Teaching Channel has published a blog series that showcases teachers across the United States who use the Question Formulation Technique (QFT). The blog series features educators from the lower-elementary grades through community college. It includes insights from science, history, English, library, and math teachers showing how the effectiveness of the QFT in the classroom is lived out in these educational settings.
    • Tools to Create Online Student Portfolios - Online resource giving options for creating student portfolios


Learning Strategies