2nd Grade - Speaking Clearly

 
     
 
     
 
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2nd
Listening and Speaking
Speaking clearly
Speak clearly and at an appropriate pace for the type of communication (e.g., informal discussion, report to class).
Speak clearly and at an appropriate pace for which communication is used. Use strategies to speak in front of audiences. Know when to use each type of communication.
 

Sample Problems

(1)

What does it mean to speak at an appropriate pace? (to speak at a good rate or tempo)

(2)

What is the difference between formal communication and informal communication? (Formal communication is more about following rules when speaking or speaking and using strategies correctly. Formal communication is usually done in front of audiences or while giving presentations and speeches. Informal communication is often done with friends where “slang” is used and/or rules for speaking are not always followed.)

(3)

What are some strategies that can be used to speak clearly? (take a deep breath before speaking, speak slower or pause in between words, practice your grammar)

(4)

What are some strategies that can be used when speaking in front of an audience? (keep hands away from your mouth and face, stand up straight, speak slowly, make eye-contact)

(5)

Put an X next to the conversation that shows an example of informal communication.


_____ Hey, what’s going on? Let me have that pencil you’re using.

_____ Hi, how are you doing today? May I please borrow the pencil

you are using.


Learning Tips

(1)

Help your child learn strategies to become a better speaker. Remind your child to stand up straight and keep his/her hands away from the face and mouth when speaking. Have him/her practice making eye-contact when talking to people. Inform your child that when eye-contact is made it shows that the audience really has a want to hear the speaker. Encourage your child to practice using these strategies while looking in the mirror. This will allow your child to view himself/herself to see if these strategies are being put to use.

(2)

When giving a speech or presentation, remind your child to stop and take a deep breath before beginning to speak. Encourage your child to have his/her thoughts in order before starting. If your child has trouble in the middle of speaking, remind your child to take another deep breath and pick up where he/she left off.

(3)

Another activity that will help your child speak clearly and with an appropriate pace is to have your child speak into a tape recorder or take the time to video tape him/her. This will allow your child to actually listen to himself/herself as the tape is played back. Your child may not know things that he/she is doing while speaking, but will get to see first hand while watching the tape. Remind your child to pay special attention to his/her voice. Make sure you child is speaking loud enough to be heard on the tape and encourage your child to speak slower as he/she enunciates words. Have your child practice giving a speech or presentation a few times. Allow your child to compare each new tape with ones taken prior. Children love hearing and seeing themselves. This will be an activity that your child will want to do over and over again.

(4)

To help your child become a better speaker, take him/her to see various kid friendly speakers. Many speeches and presentations are done around town that focuses on children’s interests. Allow your child to view these performances. Over time your child will begin to point out similarities with how many of these people speak to an audience. Remind your child to take notice with how each speaker stands, acts, and talks. Your child should make notice that how a person speaks to an audience is very different as to how he/she speaks day-to-day with friends.

(5)

To help your child become a better speaker, encourage your child to rehearse. Remember the saying “Practice makes perfect.” Well this is always true. Encourage your child to rehearse his/her speech or presentation over and over again. A rehearsal can also be done in front of other people. This can be parents, other family members, friends, neighbors, etc. By rehearsing in front of people, your child will be able to get instant feedback about things that are done well or in need of improvement.

Extra Help Problems

(1)

Circle the best answer.


What does it mean to speak at an appropriate pace?


  1. scream as loud as you can

  2. speak at a good rate or tempo

  3. speak soft so no one can hear


(2)

What is the difference between formal communication and informal communication? _______________________________

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(3)

Circle the answer.


When should informal communication be used?


when speaking to a friend when giving a presentation


(4)

Circle the answer.


When should informal communication be used?


when talking to an audience when writing in a journal

(5)

List two strategies that can be used to speak clearly.


  1. ________________________________________________

  2. ________________________________________________

(6)

Write three strategies that can be used when speaking in front of an audience.


  1. __________________________________________________

  2. __________________________________________________

  3. __________________________________________________


(7)

Put an X next to the strategies that should not be used when speaking in front of an audience.


_____ Keep hands away from mouth and face.

_____ Speak softly.

_____ Stand up straight.

_____ Make eye-contact.

_____ Look down at your feet.

_____ Speak clearly.


(8)

Put an X next to the conversation that shows an example of informal communication.


_____ Hey, what’s going on? Let me have that pencil you’re using.

_____ Hi, how are you today? May I please borrow the pencil you

are using.


(9)

Read the tongue twisters below. Try to repeat them several times, as quickly as possible, without stumbling or mispronouncing any words.


Black bug bit a big black bear. But where is the big black bear that the big black bug bit?


Six slippery snails, slid slowly seaward.

(10)

Read the nursery rhyme aloud.


Sing a Song of Sixpence

Sing a song of sixpence,
A pocket full of rye;
Four and twenty blackbirds
Baked in a pie.
When the pie was opened,
They all began to sing.
Now, wasn't that a dainty dish
To set before the King?

The King was in his counting house,
Counting out his money;
The Queen was in the parlor
Eating bread and honey.
The maid was in the garden,
Hanging out the clothes.
Along there came a big black bird
And snipped off her nose!


(11)

Create a tongue twister using the letter “S”. Write your tongue twister on the line below. Practice reading your tongue twister aloud as fast as you can.


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(12)

Underline the complete sentence.


Drew a picture. She wore a beautiful necklace.


(13)

Circle the action part that completes the sentence.


The big band ________________.


(a friend, marched up the street)

(14)

Tell whether the sentence is complete or incomplete. Circle complete or incomplete.

We yelled for the team to win. (Complete or Incomplete)


(15)

Write a verb to finish each sentence.


Jim and his mom ______________ the movie quietly.


watched, watches


(16)

Read the paragraph below out loud. Remember to pause where needed.


My Favorite Subject


My favorite subject in school is Math. I love it because I like to work with numbers. I even practice extra math problems at home. My favorite lesson in Math is when we get to work with money. I am so good at counting change.

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