Public speaking can be daunting for anyone. Introducing the basics of giving a presentation to children is a great way to build confidence and teach the power of persuasion and the fundamentals of communication. Using fun topics will help students feel more involved and less nervous when it’s their turn to stand up in front of the class.
Introduce Yourself and Express Yourself
Help students learn more about each other by asking them to do introductory presentations to the class. Ask them to share three things that make them a unique individual, or pick a specific topic to discuss. For example, students can talk about a favorite family vacation, special pet, summer highlight, proud moment or great accomplishment. You can even use it as an opportunity for students to share their academic goals. Alternatively, ask students to share something that no one in the class knows about them. Encourage students to use props such as family photos, costumes, home video or a website.
Read This Book, and Here's Why
Inspire a love of reading by having your students share their favorite book with the class. Begin with a list of questions about the characters, storyline and lessons learned. Ask your students to develop a creative poster or PowerPoint presentation that highlights the answers to these questions and other favorite aspects of the book. Similarly, assign books of different types to students to read and then create a presentation with the goal of getting classmates to read the book. After each student has presented a book, have the class vote on the three books that seem most interesting. Read the top vote-getter aloud to the class.
Take a Historical Perspective
Help students learn about teamwork by working in small groups to teach a history lesson. Break the class into small groups and assign each group a historical topic. Align topics with school curriculum or pick topics such as weather, inventors, space, food, explorers, dinosaurs, computers or music. Ask each group to create a presentation that includes a dramatic re-enactment of something related to their topic.
Show Your Expertise
Use a “how-to” format to create a fun forum for children to share their talents with the class. Ask them to develop a presentation about a skill or something they know a lot about. Suggest topics such as cooking, sports, a musical talent or craft. Have each write 10 steps to accomplishing his skill, and then try presenting it to a partner. Encourage them to provide visual aids or even incorporate a demonstration. Have each student present his expertise to the class, and ask students to rate their presentation on a scale of 1 to 5.
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