Extension Activities

Relationship Skills | Grades 6-8

Learning Goal 1: Demonstrates a range of communication and social skills to interact effectively.

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Benchmark 1: Understand the different roles in a group, such as leader, facilitator, and follower and how these roles contribute to failure or success in group efforts.

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  • Students use group roles to complete a task. This can be done through any subject area.

  • Assign classroom roles and small group roles that change every week to give students practice with different roles and opportunities for leadership.

Benchmark 2: Monitor how facial expressions, body language, and tone impact interactions.

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  • Have students watch video clips and analyze how non-verbal communication impacts relationships.

  • In literature, routinely ask students questions that draw their attention to the way facial expressions and other body language are described in text, and how expressions and body language provide implicit messages about how someone is feeling and how it impacts others.

Benchmark 3: Students are able to respond with positive action steps from feedback.

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Students practice providing constructive feedback to one another on their writing. Students are also given a chance to reflect on how feedback impacted them. Provide developmentally appropriate supports, e.g., sentence stems.

Benchmark 4: Differentiate between passive, assertive, and aggressive responses from others.

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  • Teach a vocabulary lesson that includes the words, passive, assertive, and aggressive.

  • Lead a discussion about how passive, assertive and aggressive may be different depending on the situation – such as when they’re with friends, in class, at home with siblings or with adults in public.

  • Ask students to develop role-play scenarios or otherwise demonstrate where the person responding is either passive, assertive or aggressive.

  • Ask students to demonstrate passive, assertive or aggressive postures.